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Sociology in Our Times: The Essentials (7th Edition)
by Diana Kendall
ISBN: ISBN-10: 0495598623, Paperback - BUY

Giddens' 'Essentials of Sociology' - 1st Edition (2006)
Anthony Giddens, Mitchell Duneier, Richard P. Appelbaum, Deborah Carr
ISBN: ISBN-10: 0393930335, Paperback - BUY

The Lucifer Effect: Understanding How Good People Turn Evil
by Philip G. Zimbardo
ISBN: ISBN-10: 0812974441, Paperback - $18.00 BUY

Psychologist Zimbardo masterminded the famous Stanford Prison Experiment, in which college students randomly assigned to be guards or inmates found themselves enacting sadistic abuse or abject submissiveness. In this penetrating investigation, he revisits—at great length and with much hand-wringing—the SPE study and applies it to historical examples of injustice and atrocity, especially the Abu Ghraib outrages by the U.S. military. His troubling finding is that almost anyone, given the right "situational" influences, can be made to abandon moral scruples and cooperate in violence and oppression. (He tacks on a feel-good chapter about "the banality of heroism," with tips on how to resist malign situational pressures.) The author, who was an expert defense witness at the court-martial of an Abu Ghraib guard, argues against focusing on the dispositions of perpetrators of abuse; he insists that we blame the situation and the "system" that constructed it, and mounts an extended indictment of the architects of the Abu Ghraib system, including President Bush. Combining a dense but readable and often engrossing exposition of social psychology research with an impassioned moral seriousness, Zimbardo challenges readers to look beyond glib denunciations of evil-doers and ponder our collective responsibility for the world's ills. 23 photos. (Apr. 3) Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

The Present Age: Progress and Anarchy in Modern America
Robert Nisbet
ISBN: ISBN-13: 978-0865974098, Paperback - $12.00 BUY

Interaction Ritual - Essays on Face-to-Face Behavior
by Erving Goffman
ISBN: ISBN-10: 0394706315, Paperback - $12.75 BUY

Writing for Social Scientists: How to Start and Finish Your Thesis, Book, or Article: Second Edition (Chicago Guides to Writing, Editing, and Publishing)
Howard S. Becker
ISBN: ISBN-10: 0226041328, Paperback - $8.64 BUY

Students and researchers all write under pressure, and those pressures—most lamentably, the desire to impress your audience rather than to communicate with them—often lead to pretentious prose, academic posturing, and, not infrequently, writer’s block. Sociologist Howard S. Becker has written the classic book on how to conquer these pressures and simply write. First published nearly twenty years ago, Writing for Social Scientists has become a lifesaver for writers in all fields, from beginning students to published authors. Becker’s message is clear: in order to learn how to write, take a deep breath and then begin writing. Revise. Repeat. It is not always an easy process, as Becker wryly relates. Decades of teaching, researching, and writing have given him plenty of material, and Becker neatly exposes the foibles of academia and its “publish or perish” atmosphere. Wordiness, the passive voice, inserting a “the way in which” when a simple “how” will do—all these mechanisms are a part of the social structure of academic writing. By shrugging off such impediments—or at the very least, putting them aside for a few hours—we can reform our work habits and start writing lucidly without worrying about grades, peer approval, or the “literature.” In this new edition, Becker takes account of major changes in the computer tools available to writers today, and also substantially expands his analysis of how academic institutions create problems for them. As competition in academia grows increasingly heated, Writing for Social Scientists will provide solace to a new generation of frazzled, would-be writers.

Outsiders: Studies In The Sociology Of Deviance
by Howard S. Becker
ISBN: ISBN-10: 0684836351, Paperback - $16.95 BUY

Stigma: Notes on the Management of Spoiled Identity
by Erving Goffman
ISBN: ISBN-10: 0671622447, Paperback - $13.00 BUY

Stigma is an illuminating excursion into the situation of persons who are unable to conform to standards that society calls normal. Disqualified from full social acceptance, they are stigmatized individuals. Physically deformed people, ex-mental patients, drug addicts, prostitutes, or those ostracized for other reasons must constantly strive to adjust to their precarious social identities. Their image of themselves must daily confront and be affronted by the image which others reflect back to them. Drawing extensively on autobiographies and case studies, sociologist Erving Goffman analyzes the stigmatized person's feelings about himself and his relationship to "normals" He explores the variety of strategies stigmatized individuals employ to deal with the rejection of others, and the complex sorts of information about themselves they project. In Stigma the interplay of alternatives the stigmatized individual must face every day is brilliantly examined by one of America's leading social analysts. About the Author Erring Goffman was born in Manville, Alberta (Canada) in 1922. He came to the United States in 1945, and in 1953 received his Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Chicago. He was professor of sociology at the University of California at Berkeley until 1968, and thereafter was Benjamin Franklin Professor of Anthropology and Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Dr. Goffman received the MacIver Award in 1961 and the In Medias Res Award in 1978. He was a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He died in 1983. Dr. Goffman's books include The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life, Encounters, Asylums, Behavior in Public Places, Stigma, Interaction Ritual, Strategic Interaction, Relations in Public, Frame Analysis, and Gender Advertisements.

Art Worlds
by Howard S. Becker (
ISBN: ISBN-10: 0520256360, Paperback - $22.95 BUY

This classic sociological examination of art as collective action explores the cooperative network of suppliers, performers, dealers, critics, and consumers who--along with the artist--"produce" a work of art. Howard S. Becker looks at the conventions essential to this operation and, prospectively, at the extent to which art is shaped by this collective activity. The book is thoroughly illustrated and updated with a new dialogue between Becker and eminent French sociologist Alain Pessin about the extended social system in which art is created, and with a new preface in which the author talks about his own process in creating this influential work.

On the Shoulders of Giants: A Shandean Postscript
by Robert K. Merton and Umberto Eco
ISBN: ISBN-10: 0226520862, Paperback - $28.00 BUY

With playfulness and a large dose of wit, Robert Merton traces the origin of Newton's aphorism, "If I have seen farther, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants." Using as a model the discursive and digressive style of Sterne's Tristram Shandy, Merton presents a whimsical yet scholarly work which deals with the questions of creativity, tradition, plagiarism, the transmission of knowledge, and the concept of progress. "This book is the delightful apotheosis of donmanship: Merton parodies scholarliness while being faultlessly scholarly; he scourges pedantry while brandishing his own abstruse learning on every page. The most recondite and obscure scholarly squabbles are transmuted into the material of comedy as the ostensible subject is shouldered to one side by yet another hobby horse from Merton's densely populated stable. He has created a jeu d'esprit which is profoundly suggestive both in detail and as a whole."--Sean French, Times Literary Supplement

Focused Interview
by Robert King Merton
ISBN: ISBN-10: 0029209862, Paperback - $18.95 BUY

The War Against The Poor: The Underclass And Antipoverty Policy
by Herbert J. Gans
ISBN: ISBN-10: 0465019919, Paperback - $19.00 BUY

Noted Columbia University sociologist Gans (The Urban Villagers) offers a dry but forceful critique of current attitudes and policies toward the poor. First, he probes the rhetoric that stigmatizes the poor as undeserving, showing how the term "underclass" was curiously transformed from Gunnar Myrdal's economic term to a common code word for minorities that ignores the economic sources of their out-of-the mainstream behavior. Though some of the poor threaten society with street crime, Gans argues that we magnify that in comparison with other threats to safety, the economy and our values. Labeling the poor as undeserving has many larger functions, he notes, including supplying jobs for those who control and guard them (e.g., "police, judges, lawyers, court probation officers, guards"). Gans's proposals to combat recidivism with job training and to offer universalistic, race-blind job programs may attract attention, but his recommendation of an income security grant seems out of sync with today's politics, as are his musings about a future economy that shares jobs and flattens incomes. But his proposal that the media and foundations act to debunk stereotypes about the poor, showing "how much their life consists of coping with frequent crises," seems an urgent prerequisite to any policy change. Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

The Travels and Adventures of Serendipity: A Study in Sociological Semantics and the Sociology of Science er, and James L. Shulman
by Robert K. Merton, , Elinor Barber, and James L. Shulman
ISBN: ISBN-10: 0691126305, Paperback - $24.95 BUY

Robert K. Merton (1910-2003) has long been highly revered by two groups of people: sociologists, who look to the longtime Columbia professor as one of the great masters of their oft-abused discipline (see his magisterial Social Theory and Social Structure), and connoisseurs of what one might call eccentric erudition. In this latter category admirers include such diversely learned eminences as Stephen Jay Gould, Umberto Eco, Jacques Barzun and Denis Donoghue. All of these scholars, as well as many ordinary, intelligent readers, agree that Merton's On the Shoulders of Giants is one of the most delightful books of our time. Who wouldn't love OTSOG (as his classic is commonly referred to)? In that rambling, leisurely digressive "Shandean postscript," Merton goes about tracing the origins and history of the celebrated remark by Isaac Newton: "If I have seen farther, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants." To begin, he points out that the so-called "Aphorism" crops up in Robert Burton's Anatomy of Melancholy, where we moderns are described as pygmies atop the gigantic shoulders of the ancients. Burton leads on to the 17th-century antiquarian John Aubrey (he of the gossipy Brief Lives) and from there to Swift and Rabelais, to the classicists Joseph Scaliger and Juan Luis Vives, to Bernard of Clairvaux and, finally, to the mysterious Didacus Stella. All this sleuthing in the stacks is very entertaining in itself, but what makes OTSOG really fun is Merton's wry, mock-supercilious tone, supported by a steady patter of footnotes, parenthetical reflections and bits of autobiography. In other words, nearly half of OTSOG is simply marginalia, oddments of learning mentioned almost in passing. Thus Merton incidentally defines "the Parvus complex" as the tendency for people to belittle themselves or their achievements. He resurrects the useful word "agelast" (a person who doesn't laugh) and quotes a neat quip by Albert Einstein: "If my theory of relativity is proven successful, Germany will claim me as a German and France will declare that I am a citizen of the world." After discussing how some fields are named for their eponymous founder (e.g., Boolean algebra), the social scientist sneakily adds that "On rare occasions the same individual acquires a double immortality, both for what he achieved and for what he failed to achieve, as in the cases of Euclidean and non-Euclidean geometries, and non-Aristotelian logics." Even OTSOG's index turns out to be funny: "Bacon, Francis: William Shakespeare?," "Merton, Robert K.: another pupil of George Sarton" and "Barber, Elinor: co-author of an important unpublished work, The Travels and Adventures of Serendipity." Merton and Barber essentially finished The Travels and Adventures of Serendipity in 1958, and then slipped the typescript into a desk drawer. Only 45 years later, after Barber's death and only at the very end of his own long life, did Merton agree to allow the text to be printed, albeit insisting that it appear without revision or updating. But why, as anyone must wonder, wasn't the book published years ago? In a perhaps perversely academic introduction, James L. Shulman proposes that TTAAOS was something of a dry-run for OTSOG, and that, as time went on, the later book seemed to render the earlier one unnecessary. In an afterword Merton agrees that his study of serendipity might be viewed as a "preparazione OTSOGIA." In Serendipity Merton (Barber appears as very much the lesser co-author) takes us on a highly OTSOG-ian journey, but one that moves basically forward rather than backward in time. The story begins when the young sociologist is browsing through his beloved 13-volume 1933 edition of the Oxford English Dictionary -- an extravagant purchase for the studious but impoverished undergraduate -- and happens upon this odd noun "serendipity": "A word coined by Horace Walpole, who says (Let. to Mann, 28 Jan. 1754) that he had formed it upon the title of the fairy tale, 'The Three Princes of Serendip,' the heroes of which 'were always making discoveries by accident and sagacity, of things they were not in quest of.' " Hence, as the OED continues, "the faculty of making happy and unexpected discoveries by accident." Serendipitously, Merton himself had recently begun to study the "unanticipated consequences of social action" and was soon able to employ this useful locution in his sociological papers. Since the word was then hardly in common parlance, Merton eventually decided to trace its history, use and growing popularity. Naturally, he begins with Walpole, then touches on every subsequent appearance of "serendipity," whether in dictionaries, contributions to 19th-century journals like Notes and Queries or modern newspaper articles. Merton shows that Harvard physiologist Walter Cannon championed the word in medical papers and popular talks, but that it was still being defined in context -- a sign of its strangeness -- well into the 1950s. In fact, Merton calculates that serendipity appeared in print only 135 times before he and Barber completed the manuscript of TTAAOS. Since then, he adds in an autobiographical aferword (where we learn the story of his acquisition of the OED), it has grown into one of the most popular words in the world. So much for the "sociological semantics" part of the subtitle. But what about the sociology of science? "When one is drafting a systematic exposition of an important subject, there is simply no excuse for departing from the strict continuity of the argument." As this sentence appears in OTSOG, Merton clearly means for us to take it ironically. But in this later (earlier?) book, he makes explicit his professional misgivings about the way modern scientists traditionally present their findings. The schematic, logical, highly sanitized report tends to ignore or minimize the accident-prone and luck-strewn byways of actual scientific discovery. Great breakthroughs, Merton argues, tend to be serendipitous, and he describes what he calls the "Serendipitous Pattern," which "refers to the fairly common experience of observing unanticipated, anomalous and strategic datum which becomes the occasion for developing a new theory or for extending an existing theory." Ultimately, "Given research set up for a certain purpose, some unexpected, puzzling data, and a scientist capable of being puzzled -- given all of these, an accidental discovery will occur, because the relationship between fact and theory in science is such that it must occur." He goes on to link aspects of this pattern to his friend Thomas Kuhn's theories about paradigms and paradigm shifts in scientific revolution. The Travels and Adventures of Serendipity isn't as frolicsome as On the Shoulders of Giants. It tends to repeat, even belabor, some of its points and generally feels more ramshackle -- and not in a wholly Shandean way. And yet the book is full of good things. Word mavens will enjoy the survey of how a half-dozen major dictionaries define -- or mostly ill-define -- "serendipity." Several pages analyze the word's pronunciation and judge its sheer musicality as part of its appeal. There are reflections on collectors and collecting, a domain that would hardly exist without the pleasure of serendipitous discovery. Even more seriously, Merton examines the corporate or academic pressure for steady, continuous progress in research against the need for scientists to follow their instincts and make the mistakes that occasionally result in a happy accidental breakthrough. Merton even meditates on the problem of unexpected evil in life, the dark counterpart to unexpected good luck. He notes that, in many careers, to be lucky is good, but to be too lucky tends to make one seem undeserving of the prestige or honor. Conspicuous good fortune undercuts the claims of hard work and merit. In his closing reflections, Merton laments that serendipity has now become "little more than a Disneylike expression of pleasure, good feeling, joy, or happiness. For those who have consulted dictionaries for the word, its typical appearance between serenade and serene may bring a sense of tranquility and unruffled repose. In any case, no longer a niche-word filling a semantic gap, the vogue word becomes a vague word." The Travels and Aventures of Serendipity isn't likely to supplant the genial On the Shoulders of Giants in the affections of readers. Few books could. Still, this long awaited, long unpublished manuscript proffers enough of its own pleasures that no connoisseur of eccentric erudition will want to forgo them. Copyright 2004, The Washington Post Co. All Rights Reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Introduction to Social Statistics: The Logic of Statistical Reasoning
by Thomas Dietz and Linda Kalof
ISBN: 10: 1405169028, Hardcover - $89.95 BUY

"This extremely well organized and clearly written text provides a solid grounding in the craft of quantitative analysis and a focus on tools actually used by practicing social scientists. I particularly like the empirical examples which are more theoretically and socially relevant and highlight more levels of analysis than traditional texts."
– Paul McLaughlin, State University of New York at Geneseo

"The clarity of writing, the plain uncomplicated language, the step-by-step explanations of the statistical procedures covered and the grounding of those applications in real world data, make this an invaluable book for students and instructors that stands out from its competitors."
–Paul Iganski, Lancaster University
Product Description
Introduction to Social Statistics is a basic statistics text with a focus on the use of models for thinking through statistical problems, an accessible and consistent structure with ongoing examples across chapters, and an emphasis on the tools most commonly used in contemporary research.

* Lively introductory textbook that uses three strategies to help students master statistics: use of models throughout; repetition with variation to underpin pedagogy; and emphasis on the tools most commonly used in contemporary research
* Demonstrates how more than one statistical method can be used to approach a research question
* Enhanced learning features include a ‘walk-through’ of statistical concepts, applications, features, advanced topics boxes, and a ‘What Have We Learned’ section at the end of each chapter
* Supported by a website containing instructor materials including chapter-by-chapter PowerPoint slides, answers to exercises, and an instructor guide

Public Sociology: Fifteen Eminent Sociologists Debate Politics and the Profession in the Twenty-first Century
Dan Clawson
ISBN: 10: 0520251385, Paperback - $17.21 BUY

Product Description In 2004, Michael Burawoy, speaking as president of the American Sociological Association, generated far-reaching controversy when he issued an ambitious and impassioned call for a "public sociology." Burawoy argued that sociology should speak beyond the university, engaging with social movements and deepening an understanding of the historical and social context in which they exist. In this volume, renowned sociologists come together to debate the perils and the potentials of Burawoy's challenge. Contributors: Andrew Abbott, Michael Burawoy, Patricia Hill Collins, Barbara Ehrenreich, Evelyn Nakano Glenn, Sharon Hays, Douglas Massey, Joya Misra, Orlando Patterson, Frances Fox Piven, Lynn Smith-Lovin, Judith Stacey, Arthur Stinchcombe, Alain Touraine, Immanuel Wallerstein, William Julius Wilson, Robert Zussman

Public sociology
Corey Dolgon, Mary Chayko
ISBN: 10: 1597380261, Paperback - $32.95 BUY

In this exciting anthology, Corey Dolgon and Mary Chayko bring together some of the clearest and most important voices on public sociology. While sociology has always been inextricably linked to studying social problems, the rise of public sociology brings solving those problems front and center. This book pairs classic and contemporary articles in this tradition with critical rejoinders - many published in the journal Humanity and Society, some written especially for this book. Humanity and Society is the journal of the Association for Humanist Sociology [AHS], for over thirty years the leading organization for those doing cutting edge work in public sociology. Pioneers in Public Sociology is indispensable for students, instructors, researchers, activists, and anyone interested in discovering new ways to apply sociology to understanding and changing society.

Public Sociology: The Contemporary Debate
Lawrence T. Nichols
ISBN: 10: 0765803879, Paperback - $31.46 BUY

"Public Sociology" features a wide-ranging discussion of the controversial model of a social science that reaches out to non-academic audiences, including both average citizens and policymakers. This approach has been greeted with enthusiasm by supporters, and with skepticism and anxiety among critics. Both perspectives are well represented in this volume. Some of the critical voices question whether public sociology is even a good idea. Others dissent, arguing for a strong program in professional sociology as an alternative. Still others express concern that public sociology promotes a liberal-left political agenda, despite its nonpartisan pretensions. Some elements of the model are queried, such as "critical sociology." Others are supportive - discussing personal experiences, the benefits of an engaged social science, and how it could take social science into a broader, global marketplace. Following an introduction by the editor, the contributions include: David Boyns and Jesse Fletcher, "Public Relations, Disciplinary Identity, and the Strong Program in Professional Sociology," Jonathan H. Turner, "Is Public Sociology Such a Good Idea?" Steven Brint, "Guide to the Perplexed," Vincent Jeffries, "Piritim A. Sorokin's Integralism and Public Sociology," Norella M. Putney, Dawn E. Alley, and Vern L. Bengston, "Social Gerontology as Public Sociology in Action," Edna Bonacich, "Working with the Labor Movement: A Personal Journey in Organic Public Sociology," Christopher Chase-Dunn, "Globabl Public Social Science," and Neil McLauglin, Lisa Kowalchuk, and Kerry Turcotte, "Why Sociology Does Not Need to be Saved". The contributions also include: Michael Burawoy, "Third-Wave Sociology and the End of Pure Science," Patricia Madoo Lengerman and Jill Niebrugge-Brantley, "Back to the Future: Settlement Sociology, 1885-1930," Sean McMahon, "From the Platform: Public Sociology in the Speeches of Edward A. Ross," Chet Ballard, "The Origin and Early History of the Association for Humanist Sociology," and Robert Prus, "The Intellectual Canons of Public Sociology."

Public Sociologies: A Looking Glass for What Could Be
Mario R. Reda
ISBN: 13: 978-0205450596, Hardcover - $15.39 BUY
ISBN: 10: 0205450598, Paperback - $15.39 BUY

Mecanismele electorale ale societății românești
Alfred Bulai
ISBN: ISBN-10: 9739368468, Hardcover - BUY
ISBN: ISBN-13: 978-9739368469, Paperback - BUY