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Thirty Readings in Introductory Sociology

Edited by Kenneth A. Gould and Tammy L. Lewis

Publication Date - September 2012

ISBN: 9780199934928

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

In Stock

Retail Price to Students: $39.95

Engages students in raising sociological questions, applying a sociological lens, illustrating how data are used, and presenting core sociological topics in an accessible way


Thirty Readings in Introductory Sociology introduces students to the field of sociology in an engaging, accessible manner. Designed to be used alone or with its companion, Ten Lessons in Introductory Sociology, the book is organized around four themes commonly examined in introductory courses: What is sociology? What unites society? What divides society? and How do societies change? Rather than provide encyclopedic responses to such questions, Thirty Readings in Introductory Sociology engages students in critical thinking while presenting key concepts and methods in sociology. Edited by Kenneth A. Gould and Tammy L. Lewis, the text raises sociological questions, applies a sociological lens, illustrates how data are used, and presents core topics in a way that is easy for students to grasp. Each section begins with an introduction by Gould and Lewis, followed by three readings: one classical, one that uses qualitative data, and a third that uses quantitative data.

About the Author(s)

Kenneth A. Gould is Professor and Chair 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.


"This book is ideal. It does a good job of covering a wide variety of topics and readings. I like the unifying questions rather than the 'million short chapters on each sub-topic in sociology' approach."--Jeff Timberlake, University of Cincinnati

"I like the way that Thirty Readings is conceived, with the classic-qualitative-quantitative format in each section. It covers key topics in sociology in enough detail to form a foundation for students, without all the distractions and glitz and overreaching of the big, hugely expensive textbooks. It provides rich, well-written illustrative articles that match the foundational course content and extend it into particular areas."--Joshua Gamson, University of San Francisco

"This is an innovative book that introduces sociology to students in a way that focuses on the key elements of the sociological approach, and that is likely to make a bigger impact on students. It focuses on retaining the most important issues in sociology as a discipline as opposed to memorizing terms, and I think students will find this approach accessible and relevant."--Kelly Dagan, Illinois College

"The book takes an excellent pedagogical approach that guides students toward thinking sociologically."--Ida Rousseau-Mukenge, Morehouse College

Table of Contents

    Part 1: Why Sociology? (How is it Different From Other Disciplines)

    Section 1: The Sociological Imagination
    Reading 1: C. Wright Mills, Excerpt from The Sociological Imagination (1959)
    Reading 2: Peter Berger, Excerpt from An Invitation to Sociology (1963)
    Reading 3: Kristin Luker, Excerpt from Dubious Conceptions: The Politics of the Teenage Pregnancy Crisis (1996)

    Section 2: Methods and Theory
    Reading 4: Emile Durkheim, Excerpt from Suicide (1951)
    Reading 5: Charles Ragin, Excerpts from Constructing Social Research (1994)
    Reading 6: Joel Best, Excerpt from Damned Lies and Statistics (2001)

    Part 2: What Unites Us?

    Section 3: Culture and Socialization
    Reading 7: Howard Becker, Excerpt from Doing Things Together (1986)
    Reading 8: Debra Van Ausdale and Joe R. Feagin, Excerpt from The First R: How Children Learn Race and Racism (2001)
    Reading 9: Juliet Schor, Excerpt from Born to Buy: The Commercialized Child and the New Consumer Culture (2004)

    Section 4: Social Institutions
    Reading 10: Max Weber, Excerpt from The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism (2009)
    Reading 11: Charles Derber, Excerpt from Corporation Nation (1998)
    Reading 12: Andy Cherlin, The Deinstitutionalization of American Marriage (2004)

    Part 3: What Divides Us?

    Section 5: Race and Intersectionality
    Reading 13: W.E.B. DuBois, Excerpt from The Souls of Black Folk (1903)
    Reading 14: Eduardo Bonilla-Silva, Excerpts from Racism without Racists: Color-Blind Racism and the Persistence of Racial Inequality in the United States (2003)
    Reading 15: Douglas Massey and Nancy Denton, Excerpt from American Apartheid: Segregation and the Making of the Underclass (1993)

    Section 6: Class and Intersectionality
    Reading 16: Karl Marx and Frederick Engels, Excerpt from The Communist Manifesto (1848)
    Reading 17: Rachel Sherman, Excerpt from Class Acts (2007)
    Reading 18: Erik Olin Wright, Excerpt from Class Counts (2000)

    Section 7: Gender and Intersectionality
    Reading 19: Candace West and Don H. Zimmerman, "Doing Gender" (1987)
    Reading 20: Patricia Hill Collins, Excerpt from Black Feminist Thought (2000)
    Reading 21: Janet C. Gornick and Marcia K. Meyers, Excerpt from Families That Work: Policies for Reconciling Parenthood and Employment (2003)

    Part 4: How Do Societies Change?

    Section 8: Forces of Social Change
    Reading 22: William Gamson, Excerpt from Strategies of Social Protest (1990)
    Reading 23: Frances Fox Piven and Richard Cloward, Excerpt from Poor People's Movements: Why they Succeed, How They Fail (1979)
    Reading 24: Doug McAdam, Excerpt from Political Process and the Development of Black Insurgency, 1930-1970 (1982)

    Section 9: Global Dynamics
    Reading 25: Immanuel Wallerstein, Excerpt from The Modern World System (1976)
    Reading 26: Deborah Barndt, Excerpt from Tangled Routes: Women, Work and Globalization on the Tomato Trail (2008)
    Reading 27: John Walton, John Seddon, excerpt from Free Markets and Food Riots: The Politics of Global Adjustment (1994) and Mridula, Udayagiri, excerpt from "The Asian Debt Crisis: Structural Adjustment Programs and Popular Protest in India" (1994)

    Section 10: Public Sociology
    Reading 28: Michael Burawoy, excerpt from Introduction: A Public Sociology for Human Rights (2006)
    Reading 29: Dan Clawson, Excerpt from The Next Upsurge: Labor and New Social Movements (2003)
    Reading 30: Gene Shackman, Xun Wang, Ya-Lin Liu, and Jammie Price, excerpt from Doing Sociology Worldwide (2009)