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Images of Society: Readings That Inspire and Inform Sociology, 3rd Edition

By Michael Carroll, Jerry P. White
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Soft Cover
272 pages
ISBN-10: 0176514163
ISBN-13: 9780176514167
Publisher: Top Hat
Edition: 3rd

Images of Society is an exciting collection of relevant readings designed for use within introductory sociology classes. The readings range from classic works within sociology to pieces illustrating recent sociological principles. Academic and journalistic readings have been selected by the authors to convey the distinctive way sociologists think. All readings are excerpts from longer pieces and are introduced with short prologues written by the editors.


  • *NEW* The new edition of Images of Society has been thoroughly updated with readings that reflect issues relevant to today's students, with 20 of 40 readings being entirely new.
  • *NEW* New opening paragraphs set the stage for each article. The opening paragraphs are followed by 1-3 questions designed to encourage students to critically read the material.
  • *NEW* New Critical Thinking Questions have been included at the end of each article.
  • Readings are grouped together into sections that maps the way most introductory sociology texts are arranged. This facilitates coordinating the readings with whichever textbook is used in the classroom.
  • Articles are written in the original language, just as their authors presented them.
  • InfoTrac® is a powerful online learning resource consisting of thousands of full-text articles from hundreds of journals and periodicals. By doing a simple keyword search, students quickly generate a list of relevant full-text articles from thousands of possibilities. InfoTrac®'s continually updated collection of articles can be useful for doing reading and writing assignments that reach beyond the pages of this text. Students who purchase a new copy of this text will receive free access to InfoTrac® College Edition for a four month term.

Table of Contents

  • Part One: The Sociological Imagination
  • Chapter 1: What Should Students Understand after Taking Introduction to Sociology? - (Caroline Hodges Persell, Kathryn M. Pheiffer, and Ali Syed)
  • Chapter 2: The Sociological Imagination ? (C. Wright Mills)
  • Part Two: Sociological Inquiry: Methods
  • Chapter 3: The Nature of Attitude Surveys (from ?The American Soldier ? An Expository Review?) ? (Paul F. Lazarsfeld)
  • Chapter 4: The Study Design for a Survey of American Sexual Behaviour ? (Edward O. Laumann, John H. Gagnon, Robert T. Michael, and Stuart Michaels)
  • Part Three: Ethics In Research
  • Chapter 5: Ethical Issues in Disaster Research: Lessons from Hurricane Katrina ? (Carrie Y. Barron Ausbrooks, Edith J. Barrett, and Maria Martinez-Cosio)
  • Chapter 6: The Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment ? (Carol A. Heintzelman)
  • Chapter 7: Sterilizing the "Feeble-Minded": Eugenics in Alberta, Canada, 1929-1972 ? (Jana Grekul, Harvey Krahn, and Dave Odynak)
  • Part Four: Culture
  • Chapter 8: Body Ritual among the Nacirema ? (Horace Miner)
  • Chapter 9: Cultural Aspects of Disability ? (Juliene G. Lipson and Judith G. Rogers)
  • Chapter 10: Why Do People Get Tattoos? ? (Miliann Kang and Katherine Jones)
  • Part Five: Socialization
  • Chapter 11: The Civilizing of Genie ? (Maya Pines)
  • Chapter 12: The Concept of "Stages" in Piaget's Theory ? (Rolf E. Muuss)
  • Chapter 13: Columbus and the Making of Historical Myth ? (Barbara Ransby)
  • Part Six: Family
  • Chapter 14: 2006 Census: Families, Marital Status, Households and Dwelling Characteristics ? (Statistics Canada)
  • Chapter 15: Experimental Family Organization: An Historico-Cultural Report on the Oneida Community ? (William M. Kephart)
  • Part Seven: Gender And Sexuality
  • Chapter 16: Sex and Temperament ? (Martha C. Ward)
  • Chapter 17: If Men Could Menstruate ? (Gloria Steinem)
  • Chapter 18: The National Conversation in the Wake of Littleton Is Missing the Mark ? (Jackson Katz and Sut Jhally)
  • Chapter 19: Sexual Assault in Canada: Gendered Expectations, Myths, and Resistances ? (Laura Murphy)
  • Chapter 20: Pornography and Violence: A New Look at the Research ? (Mary Anne Layden)
  • Part Eight: Aging
  • Chapter 21: Population and Politics: Voodoo Demography, Population Aging, and Canadian Social Policy ? (Ellen M. Gee)
  • Chapter 22: Aging Around the World: The Aged as Teachers ? (Donald O. Cowgill)
  • Part Nine: Deviance
  • Chapter 23: On Being Sane in Insane Places ? (David L. Rosenhan)
  • Chapter 24: Revisiting the Stanford Prison Experiment ? (Philip G. Zimbardo)
  • Chapter 25: Online Communication and Negative Social Ties ? (Gustavo S. Mesch and Ilan Talmud)
  • Part Ten: Religion
  • Chapter 26: Religion: The Comeback ? (Reginald Bibby)
  • Chapter 27: Islamophobia: A New Racism? ? (Vic Satzewich)
  • Part Eleven: Media And Globalization
  • Chapter 28: McJobs: McDonaldization and Its Relationship to the Labor Process ? (George Ritzer)
  • Chapter 29: The Disneyization of Society ? (Alan Bryman)
  • Part Twelve: Work And Education
  • Chapter 30: Alienated Labour ? (Karl Marx)
  • Chapter 31: A New Barrier: Extra-Credential Inflation ? (Wolfgang Lehmann)
  • Chapter 32: The Gender Income Gap and the Role of Education ? (Donna Bobbitt-Zeher)
  • Chapter 33: Why Do Skilled Immigrants Struggle in the Labour Market? A Field Experiment with Six Thousand Resumes ? (Philip Oreopoulos)
  • Part Thirteen: Indigenous Peoples In Canada
  • Chapter 34: Aboriginal People, Resilience, and the Residential School Legacy ? (Madeleine Dion Stout and Gregory Kipling)
  • Chapter 35: Stolen Sisters, Second Class Citizens, Poor Health: The Legacy of Colonization in Canada ? (Wendee Kubik, Carrie Bourassa, Mary Hampton)
  • Chapter 36: Aboriginal Well-Being: Canada's Continuing Challenge ? (Jerry P. White and Dan Beavon)
  • Part Fourteen: Population Studies And Demography
  • Chapter 37: Stars and Bars ? (Daniel Lazare)
  • Chapter 38: Population Change and Public Policy in Canada ? (Roderic Beaujot and Don Kerr)
  • Part Fifteen: Sociology Of Health
  • Chapter 39: Be Thin: Contradictions Within the Social Construction of Beauty and Happiness ? (Sharon E. Roberts)
  • Chapter 40: A Tale of Two Technologies: HPV Vaccination, Male Circumcision, and Sexual Health ?(Laura M. Carpenter and Monica J. Casper)