Contemporary Society: An Introduction to Social Science (14th New edition)

Contemporary Society: An Introduction to Social Science (14th New edition)

By: Erna K. Perry (author), John A. Perry (author)Paperback

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This best-selling text emphasizes why social and cultural changes are the pervasive realities of our time. A key theme of Contemporary Society is that the transition from an industrial to a post-industrial order in today's world is fraught with difficulties, as was the transition from an agricultural to an industrial order in an earlier era. Within this framework, we can observe the increasing fragmentation of the social order today, which tends to lead people away from community and a common purpose, more often bringing conflict and disunity. Still, countervailing social forces are also at work, providing some stability--some shelter in a sea of change. Ever more, societies are faced with the rapid and transformative power of information technology, which helps propel separate groups of people into a global entity.This introduction to the social sciences shows what the authors have learned from such disciplines as anthropology, geography, history, sociology, psychology, political science, and economics--and how to apply social science approaches to an ever-faster tempo of change. The authors cover family life, interaction with others, racial and ethnic diversity, education, religion, population, environment, and many other topics analyzed in a student-friendly approach. New to this Edition The integration and flow of the text has been improved for better student comprehension. Expanded selection of Web Links to many more sites for student research, many relevant to their interests and entertainment choices Enriched focus on applying social science knowledge to current events (transcending a complete reliance on assumptions from the media) New/expanded coverage on topics throughout the book, including New findings from global warming research and its implications for social life and policy New developments in race relations in an integrated approach throughout many chapters Deepening inequality and the implications that threaten family, education, and student futures-nationally and globally Gender, including new developments in legal gay marriage and transgender Expanded coverage of genetics and the medical potential of human genome sequencing New developments in astrophysics and their potential implications for society Updated Statistics throughout

About Author

John A. Perry has taught sociology and political science at Wayne State University, Cleveland State University, and Cuyahoga Community College. Erna K. Perry has taught Spanish at Wayne State University and Cleveland State University, and Italian at Cuyahoga Community College. She helped John to streamline many editions of the textbook and ensure its grounded, journalistic style.


Chapter 1 Through the Lens of Science Chapter 2 In the Beginning . . . Chapter 3 Culture: Product And Guide To Life In Society Chapter 4 Group Interaction: From Two To Millions Chapter 5: Becoming A Person: The Birth Of Personality Chapter 6 Deviance and Criminality: The Need for Social Control Chapter 7 The Great Divide: Ranking And Stratification Chapter 8 Minority Status: Race And Ethnicity Chapter 9 Minority Status: Age, Gender, And Sexuality Chapter 10 From The Plow To The Computer: Change, Collective Behavior And Social Movements Chapter 11 Population, Urbanization, and Environment Chapter 12 Pivotal Institutions: Marriage and The Family Chapter 13 Pivotal Institutions: Religion and Education Chapter 14 Government: The Institution and the Ideologies That Underlie It Chapter 15 The Government of the United States of America Chapter 16 Democracy in Action: We, the People Chapter 17 The Economy: Concepts and History Chapter 18 Principles Of Economic Behavior: Microeconomics and Macroeconomics Chapter 19 Nation Among Nations: Perspectives On International Relations

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9781138100275
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 496
  • ID: 9781138100275
  • weight: 1066
  • ISBN10: 1138100277
  • edition: 14th New edition

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