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Sociology Now, Census Update

By Michael S. Kimmel, Amy Aronson

Published by Pearson

Published Date: Jul 8, 2011

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Exploring the questions of today


Sociology Now reflects the discipline today and explores the big questions about multiculturalism and globalization that sociologists ask.


Sociology has always offered a way to make sense of the complex and sometimes contradictory forces that shape our social lives in any era. As Sociology Now  explains sociology as both a body of knowledge and a "way of seeing," it shows how the forces of globalization and multiculturalism have come to preoccupy sociologists and influence the way they look at the events and experiences of the early twenty first century. Michael Kimmel, a leading sociologist and gender researcher, and co-author Amy Aronson, a journalist and media scholar, address questions regarding these forces head-on as they make a compelling case for the importance of sociology in the contemporary world.


The Census Update program incorporates 2010 Census data into a course–simply and easily. The components of the Census Update Program include an updated census edition with all charts and graphs–to reflect the results of the 2010 Census. In addition, A Short Introduction to the U.S. Census is available and an updated MySocLab.


Teaching & Learning Experience

  • Personalize Learning – The new MySocLab delivers proven results in helping students succeed, provides engaging experiences that personalize learning, and comes from a trusted partner with educational expertise and a deep commitment to helping students and instructors achieve their goals.
  • Improve Critical Thinking – Each chapter opener asks students to consider a paradox that illustrates the complexity of sociology.
  • Engage Students – Unique pedagogical features help students see the connection between research and everyday life.
  • Explore Theory – Classical perspectives integrated with discussions of multiculturalism and globalization.
  • Understand Diversity – Race, class, and gender are discussed both as the foundations of our identity and as sources of inequality.
  • Support Instructors – The test bank is edited by the authors.

Note: MySocLab does not come automatically packaged with this text. To purchase MySocLab, please visit: or you can purchase a ValuePack of the text + MySocLab (at no additional cost). ValuePack ISBN-10: 0205172768 /  ValuePack  ISBN-13: 9780205172764

Table of Contents







Chapter 1:   What is Sociology?

Chapter 2:   Culture and Society

Chapter 3:   Society: Interactions, Groups, and Organizations

Chapter 4:   How Do We Know What We Know?  The Methods of the Sociologist

Chapter 5:   Socialization

Chapter 6:   Deviance and Crime

Chapter 7:   Stratification and Social Class

Chapter 8:   Race and Ethnicity

Chapter 9:   Sex and Gender

Chapter 10: Sexuality

Chapter 11: Age: From Young to Old

Chapter 12: The Family

Chapter 13: Economy and Work

Chapter 14: Politics and Government

Chapter 15: Religion and Science

Chapter 16: The Body and Society: Health and Illness

Chapter 17: Education

Chapter 18: Mass Media

Chapter 19: Sociology of Environments: The Natural, Physical, and Human Worlds




Chapter 1: What is Sociology?

Sociology: A Way of Seeing

Doing Sociology

Where Did Sociology Come From?

Contemporary Sociology

New Issues, New Lenses

Sociology and The Future, Sociology and You


Chapter 2: Culture and Society


Elements of Culture

Dimensions of Culture

Core Elements of Culture: Norms and Values


Cultural Change

The Future of Culture


Chapter 3: Society: Interactions, Groups, and Organizations

The Social Construction of Reality

Elements of Social Structure




Chapter 4: How Do We Know What we Know? The Methods of the Sociologist 

Sociology as a Social Science

Why Sociological Methods Matter

Sociology and the Scientific Method

Doing Sociological Research

Types of Sociological Research Methods

Social Science and the Problem of "Truth"

Issues in Conducting Research

Emergent Methodologies


Chapter 5: Socialization

Socialization and Biology

Socialization in Action

Stages in Socialization

Agents of Socialization

 Socialization and the Life Course

Gender Socialization

The Future of Socialization


Chapter 6: Deviance and Crime

What is Deviance?

Conformity and Social Control

Deviance and Social Coherence

Deviance and Crime

Types of Crime

Crime in the United States

The Criminal Justice System

Globalization and Crime

The Future of Deviance and Crime


Chapter 7: Stratification and Social Class

Social Stratification

Social Class


Social Mobility

Global Inequality

Class Identity and Class Inequality in the Future


Chapter 8: Race and Ethnicity

Distinguishing Between Race and Ethnicity

The Sociology of Race and Ethnicity



Theories of Prejudice and Discrimination

Ethnic Groups in the United States

Ethnicity and Conflict

Race in the Future


Chapter 9: Sex and Gender

Sex and Gender: Nature and Nurture

The Biology of Sex and Gender

Exploring Cross-Cultural Variations of Sex and Gender

Becoming Gendered: Learning Gender Identity

Gender Inequality: Global and Local

Gender Inequality in the United States

The Politics of Gender

Outlook on Gender Equality


Chapter 10: Sexuality

Sexual Socialization

Researching Sexuality

Modern Sex Research

Changing Sexual Attitudes

Gender and Sexual Orientation

Sexual Inequality

The Politics of Sexuality

Conclusion: The Future of Sexuality


Chapter 11:  Age: From Young to Old

Age and Identity

Age and Inequality

Boomers, Busters, and Boomlets: The Generations of Youth

Youth and Inequality

Getting Older and Getting Better?  Youth and Age Down the Road


Chapter 12: The Family

The Family Tree

Family and Ethnicity

Developing and Establishing Families


Divorce and Remarriage

Family in the Future


Chapter 13: Economy and Work

Theories of the Economy

Economic Development

The American Economy

Economic Systems



Diversity in the Workplace

The Future of Work


Chapter 14: Politics and Government

Politics and Power

Political Systems

Political Participation

Political Parties

Political Life

Extreme Politics

Everyday Politics

Political Life in the 21st Century


Chapter 15: Religion and Science

Comparing Religion and Science

What Does Religion Do?

Religious Groups

Religions of the World

Religion and Modern Society

Religion in the United States

Science as an Institution

Science and Religion in the 21st Century


Chapter 16: The Body and Society: Health and Illness

The Beautiful Body

Changing the Body

The Healthy Body

The Sick Body

The Social Organization of Health

Race, Class, and Gender and Health

The Global Distribution of Health and Illness

Conventional and Alternative Healthcare

Healthcare Reform

Living Longer -- and Healthier?


Chapter 17: Education

Sociology and Education

Education and Democracy

The Curriculum Changes

Education in the Developing World

Education and Mobility

Schools and Inequality

School Reform

Higher Education

The Wave of the Future


Chapter 18: Media

What is Mass Media?

Types of Mass Media

Media Production and Consumption

Using Mass Media

Regulating Media

Globalization of the Media

Not Just Another Show: Media Today and Tomorrow


Chapter 19: Sociology of Environments: The Natural, Physical, and Human Worlds

The Human Environment

Population Growth

The Urban Environment

Human Ecology

The Natural Environment

Environmental Threats

Awaiting the Next One

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