Chapter-by-Chapter Changes in the 12th Edition
Chapter 1: The Sociological Perspective.
- “Seeing Sociology in Everyday Life” box — “Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America”
- "In the Times" — “No degree, and no way back to the middle class”
- “Controversy & Debate” box — “Is Sociology Nothing More than Stereotypes” is revised with student dialogue
Chapter 2: Sociological Investigation.
- Increased emphasis on showing students how to apply sociological methods to their everyday lives.
- "In the Times" — “Why are there so many single Americans?”
— “Can People lie with Statistics?” Controversy & Debate box is revised with student dialogue
Chapter 3: Culture.
- New discussion of value clusters
- New material on emerging values
- Updated statistics on people who speak a language other than English at home
- "In the Times" — “The Economy May Be Global, But Not Languages or Culture”
- “Seeing Sociology in Everyday Life” box — New Symbols in the World of Instant Messaging
- “Thinking About Diversity: Race, Class, & Gender” box- “Early Rock-and-Roll: Race, Class, and Cultural Change”
- New discussion of how the war on terror has raised questions about multiculturalism
- Updated discussion of cultural change
Chapter 4: Society.
- New photos discuss material in terms of today's popular culture
Chapter 5: Socialization.
- "In the Times" — “Amazing + Driven to Excel, For Girls, It’s Be Yourself, and Be Perfect, Too!”
-Latest statistics on the extent of television viewing in the United States
- “Seeing Sociology in Everyday Life”- “Are We Grown Up Yet? Defining Adulthood.” Opens with new student dialogue.
- “Applying Sociology in Everyday Life” — new exercise explaining George Herbert Mead's concepts of the "I" and the "me".
Chapter 6: Social Interaction in Everyday Life.
-"In the Times" story — “In Certain Circles, Two is a Crowd.”
- “Seeing Sociology in Everyday Life” — “Performances Online? Visit ‘Second Life’!”
- New research included in the discussion of humor that links laughter to surviving cancer
- Examples of key concepts have been added throughout the chapter
Chapter 7: Groups and Organizations.
- Updated chapter opening on the rise of McDonald’s as a type of organization
- "In the Times"- “In Your Facebook.com”
- Update on the success of Japanese business organizations
Chapter 8: Sexuality and Society.
-New chapter opener describes the results of a recent study of sexual activity among high school students
-"In the Times"- “When a Kiss Is More than a Kiss"
- Updated information on the extent of sexual content in television shows, public support for homosexuality, and gay marriage laws
- New photographs provide a broader look at sexuality as portrayed in films and other mass media
- New research updating patterns of sexual activity among young people
Chapter 9: Deviance.
- Theoretical discussions are now followed by "√ Your Learning" questions found at the end of theoretical discussions.
- Updated examples of current events throughout the chapter;
- "In the Times"- “For $82 a Day, Booking a Cell in a 5-Star Jail”
- Updated statistics on crime in the United States
Chapter 10: Social Stratification.
- "In the Times" — “In Today’s India, Status Comes with Four Wheels”
- Expanded discussion of status consistency in class systems.
- New discussion of the operation of aristocracy in England before the Industrial Revolution;
- Updated discussion of social inequality in China and Russia has been updated
- Expanded discussion of the Kuznets
Chapter 11: Social Class in the United States.
- Updated statistics for all measures of inequality, including income, wealth, and schooling, and also contains the latest poverty data for the United States
- "In the Times"- “Money Changes Everything.”
- Updated sections on mobility and the American dream, including the box on CEOs in the US
-New research informs the discussion of homelessness in the United States
Chapter 12: Global Stratification.
- Revised discussion of high-, middle-, and low-income nations reflect the latest data about global economic development
-New reports from the United Nations support an up-to-date survey of the economic and social standing of the world's countries
- New report describing the widespread abuse of children in the Darfur region of Sudan mentioned in the discussion of poverty and children.
-"In the Times" — “Crowds of Pupils but little else in African Schools.”
-Global Snapshot highlights the social standing of women
- Latest data and research findings included in the discussion of economic trends in the world.
Chapter 13: Gender Stratification.
- Updated discussion of global patriarchy to include Musuo, a small society in China's Yunnan province, where women have most of the power
-Updates on the rising share of women on U.S. campuses, as well as how gender guides the majors that people choose
-Expanded discussion of the beauty myth to include eating disorders
- Updated statistics on women's and men’s work, income and wealth, and schooling
- "In the Times"- “How Suite It Isn’t: A Death of Female Bosses?
- New data included in the sections on intersection theory and violence against women
- Expanded discussion of women in the U.S. military.
- Applying Theory table summarizes the liberal, socialist, and radical approaches within feminism
Chapter 14: Race and Ethnicity.
- Expanded discussion of the social construction of race
-"In the Times" — “The Price of a Word and the Pain It Causes.”
- Updated statistics on the meaning people give to race as well as the number of people in various racial and ethnic categories
-Revised chapter notes the fact that minorities are now a numerical majority in Texas and three other states;
- Updated discussion of genocide to include recent events in the Darfur region of Sudan
- Examination of African American political clout now includes mention of the presidential candidacy of Barack Obama;
Chapter 15: Aging and the Elderly.
- Account of the increasing number of seniors returning to community colleges to retrain for second careers now included in the discussion of older people in everyday life.
- Updated statistics on the health of older people of various income levels
- "In the Times"- “Here Come the Great-Grandparents.”
- Up-to-date reexamination on the policy of euthanasia in the Netherlands and in the United States
Chapter 16: The Economy and Work.
- Updated chapter opening on the expansion of Wal-Mart with the latest statistics
- New data for the economic output of various sectors of the economy for rich and poor countries
- Expanded discussion of economic trends to include the shift toward socialist systems in a number of countries in South America
-"In the Times"- “Many Entry-Level Workers Find Pinch of Rough Market”
- Updated statistics describing the labor force of the United States and other nations have
- Latest statistics on unionization, the size of U.S. corporations, average wages, and unemployment are provided;
Chapter 17: Politics and Government.
- New chapter opening raises questions about how various nations define "terrorism" and illustrates the operation of politics at the international level
-Number of nations in the world is updated (there are now 193)
- He has Updated discussion about politics in global perspective, including the Window on the World map called “Political Freedom in Global Perspective”
-"In the Times" — “Talking the War Out of a Child Soldier.”
- Updated statistics on the political attitudes, party identification, number of lobbyists and PACs working in our nation's capital, casualties from the Iraq War, and the extent of terrorism around the world
Chapter 18: Families.
- Updated statistics on a wide range of social patterns, including infidelity, divorce, various types of marriages, actual family size, and the number of children parents consider to be ideal
- Latest data on the relative social standing of African American, Latino, and Asian American families is provided;
- Latest legal changes and challenges regarding domestic partnerships and marriage for same-sex couples are documented
- Updated Controversy & Debate box looks at the pros and cons of traditional families; a - "In the Times" — “Girl or Boy? As Fertility Technology Advances, So Does an Ethical Debate.”
Chapter 19: Religion.
- Update statistics on the religiosity of the U.S. population.
- Expanded coverage of the debate between creationism and evolution to include recent events
- Newest publications in the sociology of religion cited in order to support discussions.
-"In the Times"- “A Muslim Leader in Brooklyn, Reconciling Two Worlds.”
Chapter 20: Education.
- New statistics provided on the educational achievement of the U.S. population, including college enrollment, how much a college degree boosts lifetime income, and changes in the presence of both men and minorities on campus
- New material includes evidence on the results of the No Child Left Behind Act
- Expanded discussion of unequal school funding to include the statewide funding policy recently enacted in Vermont
-"In the Times" —“Community College; Dream Catchers.”
- Updated information on how U.S. adults rate our public schools as well as on dropout rates by race and ethnicity and by family income level;
- Discussion of school violence now includes analysis of the 2007 Virginia Tech killings and the tension between protecting student privacy and ensuring the safety of the campus population
- New scholarly comparison of the performance of U.S. students to those in other nations in science and mathematics;
Chapter 21: Health and Medicine.
-Up-to-date statistics provided on the links between income and health and on life expectancy in the United States for women and men, on the official incidence of various sexually transmitted diseases, including AIDS, in national and global perspective, on the share of physicians who are women and other minorities, and on the share of the population not covered by health insurance.
-"In the Times" — “Life at the Top in America Isn’t Just Better, It’s Longer.”
- Expanded discussion of eating disorders to include more information on the role of the economy and the mass media in promoting anorexia, bulimia, and obesity
- Updated information on the rise in support for national health care coverage
- Significant new symbolic-interaction analysis investigates how surgery affects the way people think about themselves and how others see them
Chapter 22: Population, Urbanization, and Environment.
- Latest data on global population, including fertility and mortality statistics, and on urbanization trends;
- "In the Times" — “Cities Compete in Hipness Battle to Attract Young.”
- Expanded discussion of the logic of growth.
Chapter 23: Collective Behavior and Social Movements.
-New chapter opening describes the importance of events such as Hurricane Katrina to the study of disasters.
-New National Map shows where a 2007 "virtual march" against the war in Iraq was most and least successful in mobilizing people
-"In the Times" — “Big People on Campus.”
Chapter 24: Social Change: Traditional, Modern, and Postmodern Societies.
- New survey data show what people think of our modern world and document a host of social trends, including inequality
-"In the Times" — “ ‘Telegrapher’ Badges? Gone. But Scouts Survive.”
- Updated Controversy & Debate box on balancing personal freedom and social responsibility to include the recent heroic act of New York subway Good Samaritan Wesley Autry
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