A humanist alternative to massive, encyclopedia-like texts, Using Sociology provides a passionate and focused introduction to sociology and sociological practice. It tells not only how sociologists make practical sense out of social life, but also how they use their knowledge and perspectives to create positive change. The authors work in a variety of academic, nonprofit, and business settings and include several past-chairpersons and presidents of the ASA Section on Sociological Practice and the Sociological Practice Association. The Third Edition has been updated and reorganized to even better meet the needs of students and instructors. Three sections introduce sociology and its tools, uses of sociology and using sociology in your own life. The theory and history chapters have been dramatically revised, with more practical examples to help students relate the concepts with the world of everyday life. The methodology chapter now covers more of the basic statistical concepts and also expands coverage of applied methods, marketing research, and other real-world uses of qualitative and quantitative methods. An exciting new chapter on crime and deviance is designed to make it easier for students to relate theory to practical issues and applications. The chapter on applying clinical sociological concepts to improving one's own life and relationships has been greatly expanded, as well.
Roger A. Straus, Ph.D. is an executive director at TVG (The Vanderveer Group, Inc.) a marketing research and consulting firm in Fort Washington, Pennsylvania. A co-founder of the Clinical Sociology Association (now Sociological Practice Association), he has been on the sociology faculty of Alfred University, worked with several pominent market research consultancies, and conducted a private clinical sociological practice. An internationally published poet and author of numerous sociological papers, he has written both professional texts and books for the general public on social-psychological topics, one of which has been translated into Japanese and Spanish. Editor and senior author of the earlier version of this volume, he is currently Chairperson of the American Sociological Association's Section on Sociological Practice.
Chapter 1 Using Social Theory to Make Sense Out of Life Chapter 2 Doing Sociology that Counts: Research Methods Chapter 3 Sociology and You: Good Living Chapter 4 Social Psychology: Individuals and Social Groups Chapter 5 Understanding Organizations and the Workplace Chapter 6 Medical Sociology: The Clinical Perspective Chapter 7 Crime and Deviance in Society: Social Meaning and Societal Institutions Chapter 8 Creating Successful Communities Chapter 9 American Public Policy: Formation and Implementation Chapter 10 Clinical Sociology and the Art of Peace Promotion: Earning a World without War Chapter 11 What Now? The Relevance of Sociology to Your Life and Career