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Ten Lessons in Introductory Sociology

Second Edition

Kenneth A. Gould and Tammy L. Lewis

Publication Date - June 2017

ISBN: 9780190663865

384 pages
6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

In Stock

Retail Price to Students: $44.99

A straightforward, concise, and affordable introduction to sociology's key concepts and methods


Designed to introduce students to key concepts and methods in sociology and to engage them in critical thinking, Ten Lessons in Introductory Sociology provides a brief and valuable overview to four major questions that guide the discipline:

* Why sociology?
* What unites us?
* What divides us?
* How do societies change?

Deftly balancing breadth and depth, the book makes the study of sociology accessible, relevant, and meaningful. Contextualizing the most important issues, Ten Lessons helps students discover "the sociological imagination" and what it means to be part of an engaged public discourse.

New to this Edition

  • Updated data, examples, and websites throughout
  • Explicit connections to its companion anthology, Thirty Readings in Introductory Sociology
  • Increased coverage of social institutions, race, sexuality, the environment, and more

About the Author(s)

Kenneth A. Gould is Professor of Sociology at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York and Professor of Sociology and Earth and Environmental Sciences at the CUNY Graduate Center.

Tammy L. Lewis is Professor of Sociology at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York and Professor of Sociology and Earth and Environmental Sciences at the CUNY Graduate Center.

Gould and Lewis are coeditors of Thirty Readings in Introductory Sociology, Second Edition (OUP, 2016).


"Ten Lessons in Introductory Sociology, Second Edition, is adaptable to the ways in which most people teach introductory sociology. It is well written, not trite, and easy to adapt to existing repertoires."--David Brown, Illinois State University

"Every topic covered is appropriate for the course, and provides wonderful insight into areas that are not usually covered by other books. This book exposes readers to other parts of the world where there have been struggles and connects them sociologically with the events in a known environment, like the United States of America."--Theodore Ekechukwu, Austin Peay State University

"I really like the book's coverage and organization. It is organized logically and focuses on the big, important sociological issues without getting bogged down in too many specific details. I would highly recommend this text to colleagues."--Kimberly E. Fox, Bridgewater State University

"This brief book is more focused and less dry than standard introductory textbooks and should promote reflexive and analytical thought more successfully than traditional texts."--Daniel Kreutzer, Metropolitan State University

Table of Contents

    Annotated Table of Contents
    Introduction and Acknowledgments
    About the Contributors
    List of Tables
    List of Figures
    List of Boxes

    Part 1: Why Sociology?

    1. The Sociological Imagination, Kenneth A. Gould and Tammy L. Lewis

    2. Theory and Methods, Tammy L. Lewis

    Part 2: What Unites Us?

    3. Socialization and Culture, Stella M. Capek

    4. Social Institutions, Naomi Braine

    Part 3: What Divides Us?

    5. Race and Intersectionality, Janine Kay Gwen Chi

    6. Class and Intersectionality, Brian Obach

    7. Gender, Sexuality and Intersectionality, Nancy A. Naples

    Part 4: How Do Societies Change?

    8. Forces of Social Change, Jason Konefal

    9. Global Dynamics, Kenneth A. Gould

    10. Public Sociology: The Task and the Promise, Michael Burawoy


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