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Sociology: Windows on Society

An Anthology

Seventh Edition

Robert H. Lauer and Jeanette C. Lauer

Publication Date - February 2005

ISBN: 9780195330526

440 pages
6-7/8 x 9-3/16 inches

In Stock

Retail Price to Students: $84.95

Draws on both contemporary sources and classical sociological literature to explore the nature of social life, with an emphasis on issues of gender, race/ethnicity, and inequality


The seventh edition of Lauer and Lauer's best-selling anthology Sociology: Windows On Society has been significantly updated with fifteen new selections. The book continues to draw on both contemporary sources and the classical literature of sociology to explore the nature of social life, with an emphasis on issues of gender, race/ethnicity, and inequality.

The editors have chosen articles that challenge preconceived notions and conventional wisdom while also demonstrating the distinctive power of the sociological viewpoint. The units are divided into parts to show how the selections fit into the topics covered in the introductory course. Major concepts are highlighted and explained in the introductions to the units, parts, and in each selection. Review questions and application projects encourage students to get involved in the learning process and help them better understand social research and methods. Related websites have been added to each selection so that students can pursue additional research on their own or as part of an assignment. Also new to this edition is a subject index.

New selections in the seventh edition address such topics as:

* The issue of equality in marriage compared across thirteen nations
* How culture influences the sexuality of Asian Americans
* Why some men are regular customers of strip clubs
* Socializing problems of interracial couples
* Why poverty is a structural, not a personal, problem
* Everyday sexism
* The economic differences between Republicans and Democrats
* The issue of national security versus civil liberties
* How technology affects interpersonal relationships
* Violence and suffering among prostitutes
* How social movements affect social policy

Previous Publication Date(s)

January 1998

Table of Contents

    *=New to this edition
    Unit I: The Sociological Enterprise
    Part One: The Sociological Perspective
    1. The Sociological Imagination, C. Wright Mills
    Part Two: Studying Social Phenomena
    2. Getting It Done: Notes on Student Fritters, Stan Bernstein
    3. Egoistic Suicide, Emile Durkheim
    4. "It's Awful! It's Terrible! It's . . . Never Mind!", Steven A. Holmes
    Part Three: Micro and Macro
    * 5. Who Believes in Equality in Marriage and Family Life?, Malathi L. Apparala, Alan Reifman, and Joyce Munsch
    Unit II: Culture, Socialization, and Social Interaction
    Part One: Culture
    6. India's Sacred Cow, Marvin Harris
    7. Cosmetic Surgery: Beauty as Commodity, Debra Gimlin
    * 8. Culture and Asian Americans' Sexuality, Sumie Okazaki
    Part Two: Becoming a Social Creature
    9. As the Twig Is Bent: Children Reared in Feminist Households, Barbara J. Risman and Kristen Myers
    10. How Television Shapes Children's Gender Roles, Susan D. Witt
    * 11. 'Just Trying to Relax': Masculinity, Masculinizing Practices, and Strip Club Regulars, Katherine Frank
    Part Three: Social Interaction
    12. Gender and Culture Differences in Touching, Rosemarie Dibiase and Jaime Gunnoe
    * 13. The Social Life of Interracial Couples, Dan K. Hibbler and Kimberly J. Shinew
    Unit III: Inequality
    Part One: The Nature of Inequality
    14. The Communist Manifesto, Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels
    * 15. American Poverty as a Structural Failing, Mark R. Rank, Hong-Sik Yoon, and Thomas A. Hirschl
    16. America's Shame: Women and Children in Shelter, Barbara Arrighi
    Part Two: Racial/Ethnic Inequality
    * 17. Women of Color in Academe: Living With Multiple Marginality, Caroline Sotello Viernes Turner
    18. Policies of Prejudice, Gregory Squires
    19. Cowboys and Indians: Perceptions of Western Films Among American Indians and Anglos, JoEllen Shively
    Part Three: Gender Inequality
    20. How Unhappy Are Women Doctors?, Robert Lowes
    21. How Women Experience Battering: The Process of Victimization, Kathleen Ferraro and John Johnson
    * 22. Everyday Sexism, Janet K. Swim, Lauri L. Hyers, Laurie L. Cohen, and Melissa J. Ferguson
    Part Four: International Inequality
    23. Sweatshop Barbie: Exploitation of Third World Labor, Anton Foek
    Unit IV: Social Institutions
    Part One: The Family
    24. Home Work Time, Marilyn Snell
    25. The Transformation of Family Life, Lillian Rubin
    * 26. The Death of 'Til Death Us Do Part': Pair-Bonding Transformed, William M. Pinsof
    Part Two: Government and Politics
    * 27. In Economic Policy, How Much Does It Matter Which Party Governs?, Robert Blendon, John Benson, Mollyann Brodie, Drew Altman, and Kathleen Weldon
    * 28. National Security Versus Civil Liberties, Nancy V. Baker
    Part Three: The Economy
    29. Alienation in Work, Karl Marx
    30. The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism, Max Weber
    * 31. Underemployment in America, Leif Jensen and Tim Slack
    Part Four: Education
    32. Savage Inequalities, Jonathan Kozol
    33. At School, A Cruel Culture, Darcia Harris Bowman
    Part Five: Religion
    34. A Forgotten People in Our Midst, Donald W. Huffman
    Part Six: Health Care
    35. Unhealthy Partnership: How Managed Care Wrecks Mental Health for Kids, Joshua Sharfstein
    36. Preserving a Vital and Valued Self in the Face of AIDS, Kent Sandstrom
    Part Seven: Technology and Society
    * 37. Technology and the Initiation of Interpersonal Relationships, Jeffrey S. McQuillen
    38. The Impact of Mobile Communications, James E. Katz and Philip Aspden
    Unit V: Social Processes
    Part One: Deviance
    * 39. Violence and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in Prostitutes, Roberto J. Valera, Robin G. Sawyer, and Glenn R. Schiraldi
    40. Islands in the Street: Urban Gangs as Economic Organizations, Martin Sanchez Jankowski
    41. The Razor Blade in the Apple: The Social Construction of Urban Legends, Joel Best and Gerald T. Horiuchi
    Part Two: Social Change
    42. Life in Big Red: Struggles and Accommodations in a Chicago Polyethnic Tenement, Dwight Conquergood
    43. Plain Living: Deciding to Move Down, Trudy Bush
    * 44. Do Social Movements Make Any Difference?, David S. Meyer

Teaching Resources

A completely revised, comprehensive Instructor's Resource Guide/Testing Program is available. It includes "Suggestions for Classroom Use," which have been added to each selection. These offer ideas for integrating the materials into lectures and/or using the materials for discussion or small-group exercises.