A Contemporary Introduction to Sociology Culture and Society in Transition, 3rd Edition

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  • Author: Jeffrey C. Alexander
  • Co-Author: Kenneth Thompson,Laura Desfor Edles,Moshoula Capous-Desyllas
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • Binding: Paperback
  • ISBN-13: 9781138282049
  • Pages: 638
  • Year of Pub / Reprint Year: 2017


The influential authors significantly update their popular introductory text that invites students to reflect on their lives in the context of the combustible leap from modern to postmodern life. They authors show how culture is central to understanding many world problems as they challenge readers to confront the problems and possibilities of an era in which the futures of the physical and social environments seem uncertain. As culture rapidly changes in the 21st century, the authors have successfully incorporated these nuances with many important updates on race and racism, Black Lives Matter, the rise of populist politics, ISIS, new social media, feminist perspectives on sex work,trans and non-gender conforming identities, and more.

New to this edition:

New data, text box examples, photos, exercises, study questions, and glossary terms appear throughout.

Table of Contents
Part One
What is Sociology?
Chapter 1: Sociological Stories and Key Concepts
Chapter 2: Sociological Methods

Part Two
The Social and Cultural Construction of Meaning
Chapter 3: Cultural Structures

Chapter 4: Media and Communication
Chapter 5: Deviance, Crime and Social Control

Part Three
Personal Worlds and Identities
Chapter 6: Socialization and the Life Cycle
Chapter 7: Sex and Gender

Chapter 8: Sexuality & Sexual Orientation
Part Four
Inequalities and Identities
Chapter 9: Social Class and Inequality
Chapter 10: Race and Ethnicity
Chapter 11: Marriage and Family

Part Five
Social Institutions
Chapter 12: Work and the Economy
Chapter 13: Education
Chapter 14: Health and Medicine
Chapter 15: Religion
Chapter 16: Politics, Publics, and the State
Chapter 17: Social Change and Social Movements