Society Explained introduces students to key concepts in sociology through engaging narrative examples. After an overview of the history of sociology, the book walks readers through subjects that include individualism; culture; socialization and imagination; values, money, and politics; marriage and family; religious diversity; and education and social change. Nathan Rousseau engages readers with personal examples and those drawn from wider society. Each chapter covers leading thinkers and critical concepts, and chapters build on each other to helps readers acquire a holistic view of society and their role in it. This concise book is an ideal introduction to the sociological imagination.
Nathan Rousseau is associate professor of sociology at Jacksonville University. He is the editor of Self, Symbols, and Society: Classic Readings in Social Psychology.
Introduction 1: Observing Social Life 2: Individuals and the Structure of Society 3: Culture 4: Socialization and Imagination 5: Values, Money, and Politics 6: Marriage, Family, and Community 7: Religion 8: Education and Social Change Bibliography Index