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Ten Lessons in Introductory Sociology

Third Edition

Kenneth A. Gould and Tammy L. Lewis

Publication Date - 12 November 2021

ISBN: 9780197618820

416 pages
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches

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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
  • Three brand new authors bring fresh perspectives to three of the lessons. These include Lesson 4: Social Institutions, Lesson 7: Gender, Sexuality, and Intersectionality, and Lesson 10: Public Sociology: The Task and the Promise.
  • Each lesson includes two "Career Spotlights" (and the tenth lesson includes three). The Career Spotlight boxes feature sociology alumni and their careers to inspire students to envision the types of work that they could do with a sociology major.

About the Author(s)

Kenneth A. Gould is Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, and 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 Associate Provost for Faculty and Administration, and Professor at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York and Professor at the CUNY Graduate Center in Sociology and Earth and Environmental Sciences.


"This is a comprehensive introductory sociology text that covers all the key topics needed to give students a broad understanding of the field. It presents key theories and provides contemporary examples of research. It brings in different voices in a way that a standard textbook does not."--Kim Manturuk, lUNC - Chapel Hill

"The Food for Thought" feature is fantastic. I have had students tell me they liked these a lot. As an introductory textbook, Ten Lessons has several advantages."--Ronald Helfrich, lSUNY Oneota

"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, lMetropolitan State University

Table of Contents

    Annotated Table of Contents
    Introduction and Acknowledgments
    Changes to the Second Edition
    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
    Yung-Yi Diana Pan

    Part 3: What Divides Us?

    5. Race and Intersectionality
    Janine Kay Gwen Chi

    6. Class and Intersectionality
    Brian Obach

    7. Gender, Sexuality, and Intersectionality
    Amalia Leguizamón

    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
    Alex S. Vitale


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