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In Conflict and Order: Understanding Society, 13th Edition

By D. Stanley Eitzen, Maxine Baca Zinn, Kelly Eitzen Smith

Published by Pearson

Published Date: Jul 9, 2012

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Viewing our society from a conflict perspective.


This introductory text, written from a conflict perspective, emphasizes four themes: diversity, the struggle by the powerless to achieve social justice, the changing economy, and globalization. In Conflict and Order: Understanding Society studies the forces that lead to stability and change in society and asks:

  • Who benefits from the existing social arrangements, and who does not?
  • How are human beings shaped by society?
  • What are the forces that maintain social stability, produce social inequality, and resist social change?  

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Table of Contents

In this Section:

1) Brief Table of Contents

2) Full Table of Contents

1) Brief Table of Contents



Chapter 1: The Sociological Perspective

Chapter 2: The Structure of Social Groups

Chapter 3: The Duality of Social Life: Order and Conflict



Chapter 4: Culture

Chapter 5: Socialization

Chapter 6: Social Control

Chapter 7: Deviance



Chapter 8: Structural Sources of Social Change: Economic and Demographic

Chapter 9: Social Stratification

Chapter 10: Class

Chapter 11: Racial Inequality

Chapter 12: Gender Inequality


PART 4: SOCIAL INSTITUTIONS                                                       

Chapter 13: The Economy

Chapter 14: Power and Politics

Chapter 15: Families

Chapter 16: Education

Chapter 17: Religion



Chapter 18: Human Agency: Individuals and Groups in Society Changing Social Structures

2) Full Table of Contents



Chapter 1: The Sociological Perspective


Assumptions of the Sociological Perspective

The Sociological Imagination

Problems with the Sociological Perspective

The Historical Development of Sociology

Sociological Methods: The Craft of Sociology

A Closer Look: Thinking Like a Sociologist

Research Methods: Standards for Objectivity and Integrity in Social Research


Chapter 2: The Structure of Social Groups

The Micro Level  

A Closer Look: The Isolating Effects of Email

A Closer Look: The Declining Significance of Family

The Societal or Macro Level

Diversity: Gay Marriage?


Chapter 3: The Duality of Social Life: Order and Conflict

Social Systems: Order and Conflict

Research Methods: Social Scientists and Values: Taking Sides

A Closer Look:  Twinkies and Pencils and Functional Integration

Synthesis of the Order and Conflict Models

A Closer Look: The Fragmentation of Social Life:  Deepening Divides in U.S.

A Closer Look: Violence and Division in India

The Integrative Forces in Society

Diversity: The Media’s Selective Perception of Race and Class

The Use of the Order and Conflict Models in This Book




Chapter 4: Culture

Culture: The Knowledge That People Share

A Closer Look:  Ethnocentrism in U. S. Schools

Types of Shared Knowledge

Technology and Society:  Test Your Emoticon Knowledge

A Closer Look: Test Your Emoticon Knowledge


A Closer Look:  Competition in the Era of Reality Television

Diversity: Life in a Religious Sect

Values from the Order and Conflict Perspectives


Chapter 5: Socialization

The Personality as a Social Product

A Closer Look: The Looking-Glass Self and Body Image

Technology and Society:  Helicopter Parenting and GPS  Devices

Socialization in a Changing Social Landscape

Socialization from the Order and Conflict Perspectives


Chapter 6: Social Control

Agents of Ideological Social Control

Diversity: The Amish and Social Control

Agents of Direct Social Control

A Closer Look: Singapore: The Iron Fist in the Land of Order

A Closer Look: Homeland Security on Campus

Social Control in the Private Sector: Implications for Contemporary Social Life

Technology and Society: The Internet’s Private Eye

Social Control from the Order and Conflict Perspectives


Chapter 7: Deviance

The Characteristics of Deviance

Traditional Theories for the Causes of Deviance

A Closer Look: Shame Sites

Society as the Source of Deviance

Diversity: The Criminal Justice System: Unreasonable Stops and Searches by Race

Deviance from the Order and Conflict Perspectives




Chapter 8: Structural Sources of Social Change: Economic and Demographic

Globalization and the Structural Transformation of the Economy

Globalization: Sending U.S. Jobs Overseas

A Closer Look:  The Changing Nature of Jobs

Technology and Society: Computer Technology and Middle Class Job Loss

The New Immigration and the Changing Racial Landscape

Diversity: Popular Surnames in the United States Are No Longer Exclusively Anglo

Globalization: Yes, Global Free Market Mobility for Corporations; No, Global

The Aging Society


Chapter 9: Social Stratification

A Closer Look: Birth as Destiny: India’s Caste System

Globalization: Inequality among Nations

Major Concepts

Order and Conflict Theories of Stratification

Deficiency Theories

Research Methods: The Political Climate and Scientific Ideas

A Closer Look: Blaming the Poor

Structural Theories

Diversity: Who Benefits from Poverty?


Chapter 10: Class

Dimensions of Inequality

Social Classes

Diversity: The Near Poor: The Missing Class

The Consequences of Social Class Positions

Social Mobility

Poverty in the United States

Human Agency: Coping Strategies Among the Poor

Myths about Poverty


Chapter 11: Racial Inequality

Racial and Ethnic Minorities

Globalization: The Changing Face of Sweden: Dark Skin and Brown Eyes

Explanations of Racial and Ethnic Inequality

A Closer Look: Culture, Structure, and Today’s Poverty Debates

Racial Stratification from the Order and Conflict Perspectives

Discrimination against Blacks and Hispanics: Continuity and Change

Technology and Society: Race and Computer Technology Use

Contemporary Trends and Issues in U.S. Racial and Ethnic Relations


Chapter 12: Gender Inequality

Women and Men Are Differentiated and Ranked

Gender Stratification from the Order and Conflict Perspectives

Learning Gender

Reinforcing Male Dominance

Technology and Society: Gender and Social Networking

Structured Gender Inequality

The Costs and Consequences of Sexism

Globalization: Trafficking Sex for a Globalized Market

Fighting the System

Human Agency: Empowering Poor Women and Protecting the Environment




Chapter 13: The Economy

Capitalism and Socialism

The Corporation-Dominated Economy

Capitalism and Inequality

Work in U.S. Society

Globalization: Modern Day Slavery in the United States

Capitalism in Crisis

A Closer Look: The Sub-Prime Crisis for African Americans and Latinos

A Closer Look:  The Effects of the Great Recession on Recent College Graduates


Chapter 14: Power and Politics

Models of the National Power Structure

A Closer Look: Structural Barriers to Democracy

A Closer Look: The Best Democracy Money Can Buy

A Closer Look: Is the United States a Plutocracy? Some Warnings

A Closer Look: The Dark Side of Lobbying

The Consequences of Concentrated Power

Human Agency: The Constitutional Battle for Racial Equality

A Closer Look: Guns or Butter? Who’s Paying for the War?

The Order and Conflict Perspectives on the Distribution of Power


Chapter 15: Families

The Mythical Family in the United States

Families in Contemporary U.S. Society

Globalization: Families in Global Perspective

Changes in Marriage and Family Roles

Diversity: Why Family Issues Matter for Lesbians and Gays

Research Methods: Researching Families: How Sociologist Arlie Hochschild

Violence in Families

The Modern Family from the Order and Conflict Perspectives

Families of the Future


Chapter 16: Education

The Characteristics of U.S. Education

A Closer Look:  Leaving Boys Behind?

Education and Inequality

Diversity:  The Tiger Mom Controversy

Education from the Order and Conflict Perspectives


Chapter 17: Religion

Globalization: The Global Reach of the World's Major Religions 490

Classical Sociology’s Differing Interpretations of Religion

Some Distinctive Features of U.S. Religion

Diversity: Islam in the United States

Globalization: Outsourcing Prayer

Class, Race, Gender, Sexuality and Religion

Diversity: Religion and Patriarchy

Religious Trends

Contemporary Christianity and Politics

Religion from the Order and Conflict Perspectives




Chapter 18: Human Agency: Individuals and Groups in Society Changing Social Structures

The Sociological Paradox: Social Structure and Agency

Social Movements

Human Agency: The Political Muscle of Americans with Disabilities

Globalization: Students against Sweatshops

Agency: Social Change from the Bottom Up

Is There Hope for a People’s Social Movement Now?

A Closer Look:  The Paradox of Social Progress and Economic Reaction




Name Index

Subject Index


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