Journals Higher Education



Published: 08 October 2014

480 Pages

7-1/2 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780199382453

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Human Societies

An Introduction to Macrosociology

Twelfth Edition

Patrick Nolan and Gerhard Lenski

Taking a macrosociological, global approach, Human Societies offers an introduction to sociology that is truly comparative, cross-cultural, and historical. It compares societies over time and across environments, emphasizing the dynamics of social change. Its clearly developed ecological-evolutionary perspective provides a powerful theoretical framework for understanding the array of social arrangements found in human societies over the past 100,000 years. Since industrial societies are introduced only after this theoretical base has been firmly established and older, simpler, and smaller societies have been examined in detail, students see their own society (and other contemporary societies) in a broader and more meaningful way. By showing how social arrangements are related to the environmental and technological contexts that societies are situated in, Human Societies encourages students to look for the reasons why social arrangements are the way they are, and why they change over time.

New to this Edition:

  • A revised introduction makes students more aware of how unusual contemporary societies are
  • New boxed inserts
  • New data incorporated throughout
  • Heavily revised data, tables, and discussions in Chapters 10-15

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