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  • Bookstore's Wholesale Price: $79.00
  • July 2017
  • ISBN: 978-0-393-61429-9
  • 500 pages
  • Territory Rights: USA and Dependencies, Philippines and Canada.
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Richard P. Appelbaum (Author, University of California, Santa Barbara), Deborah Carr (Author, Boston University), Mitchell Duneier (Author, City University of New York Graduate Center), Anthony Giddens (Author, London School of Economics)


With a combination of up-to-the minute examples, cutting-edge research, and the latest available data, Essentials of Sociology gets students thinking sociologically about what they're seeing in the news and on their screens. Highlighting the macro social forces at work in our everyday lives, the authors move students beyond their individual experiences and cultivate their sociological imaginations. Innovative pedagogy promotes active reading and helps students master core sociological concepts. This strong in-text pedagogical program is now supported by InQuizitive, Norton's new formative, adaptive learning tool.


A focus on current events and technology

Compelling chapter openers demonstrate how the methods and ideas of sociology can help us better understand the major social issues of our time, from the Black Lives Matter movement to the recent sea change in transgender rights. Digital Life boxes in every chapter explore how the Internet and the proliferation of smartphones are transforming modern life, including our personal relationships, the nature of politics and social movements, forms of recreation, and the ways in which we learn and work. The in-text "Digital Life" boxes are accompanied by online activities in the coursepack. 

Cutting-edge tools—online and in the text

A bold new redesign references digital culture with visually compelling "Big Picture" concept maps, which serve both as a pre-reading guide to the chapter and as a post-reading review. And now the book's strong in-text pedagogical program is supported by InQuizitive, Norton's formative, adaptive learning tool that personalizes quiz questions in an engaging, gamelike environment.  

Global context

"Globalization by the Numbers" infographics—a quarter of which are new to the Sixth Edition—"zoom out" to show how the United States compares to other countries and regions on key indicators such as gender inequality and incarceration rates. Interactive versions of select infographics encourage critical thinking by asking students to connect each infographic to specific "Big Picture" sociological concepts.  

Norton Sociology, Your Way

New custom options and package choices give instructors greater flexibility when selecting their course materials. With the Norton Custom Library, instructors can mix and match chapters from Essentials of Sociology with chapters from Norton's other best-selling introductory books or add outside readings from The Norton Mix: Sociology. Instructors can also package Norton readers or a volume from the Society Pages series at an unbeatable price. 

    Chapter 1: Sociology: Theory and Method
    Chapter 2: Culture and Society
    Chapter 3: Socialization, the Life Course, and Aging
    Chapter 4: Social Interaction and Everyday Life in the Age of the Internet
    Chapter 5: Groups, Networks, and Organizations
    Chapter 6: Conformity, Deviance, and Crime
    Chapter 7: Stratification, Class, and Inequality
    Chapter 8: Global Inequality
    Chapter 9: Gender Inequality
    Chapter 10: Ethnicity and Race
    Chapter 11: Families and Intimate Relationships
    Chapter 12: Education and Religion
    Chapter 13: Politics and Economic Life
    Chapter 14: The Sociology of the Body: Health, Illness, and Sexuality
    Chapter 15: Urbanization, Population, and the Environment
    Chapter 16: Globalization in a Changing World