The Social Context View of Sociology

by Marty E. Zusman, David Knox, Tracie E. Gardner

Tags: Sociology

Teacher's Manual available

348 pp  $40.00

ISBN 978-1-59460-572-7
eISBN 978-1-5310-0716-4

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Every student taking Introduction to Sociology is a member of a population (male, female, Black, white), exists within a collectivity (sociology class, concert member, crowd), belongs to a social class (upper, middle, lower), interacts in a group (peer group, work group), comes from a family (two parent family, single parent family, blended family), lives in a community (small town, urban center, hometown), goes to an association (university, hospital, military), communicates through a network (MySpace, political networks), and lives out their life in a society (America, Iraq, Sweden).

By examining each of these levels of social organization, the social world suddenly becomes alive, real, and understandable. "I get it" is a common reaction to this approach. The Social Context View of Sociology provides a solid foundation upon which new students can fully understand the discipline of sociology. The approach is different from other introductions to sociology in that it helps students order their knowledge in a unified manner by examining nine levels of social organization and provides an immediate insight into the relevance to their lives.

The Teacher's Manual is available electronically on a CD or via email. Please contact Beth Hall at to request a copy.

"The Social Context View of Sociologyis an enormous asset for teaching introductory level students the ideas and arguments with which sociologists regularly grapple… This is an excellent introductory book that also fits within the budget of the student with limited economic resources."
Joseph Kaminski, Brooklyn College/Indiana University, Sociation Today, Fall 2008

"The authors offer a book that will satisfy those who seek a book that is easily readable, replete with examples, and offers a coherent structurally focused overview of sociology."
Kathryn Schmidt, Valdosta State University, Sociation Today, Fall 2008

Comp Copy If you are a professor teaching in this field you may request a complimentary copy.