The Key to (Almost) Everything: Sociology for All of Us

The Key to (Almost) Everything: Sociology for All of Us

by James Wright


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The Key to (Almost) Everything is an engaging, contemporary and concise approach to sociology written for adults, students and just about anybody who could profit from knowing about the discipline of sociology. It is expertly written by an author drawing on 40 years of teaching on the fundamental social structures and processes characteristic of human societies. Each of the book’s chapters is modeled on the courses found in the sociology curriculum. These chapters are not course or lecture notes, rather they are engaging lessons on topics such as political sociology, urban sociology, religion in sociology, crime and guns, poverty, the American family, public opinion, wealth and power.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781538124574
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 04/29/2019
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 6.24(w) x 9.39(h) x 0.99(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

James D. Wright is an author, educator, and the Provost’s Distinguished Research Professor Emeritus in the Department of Sociology at the University of Central Florida. Before his retirement in 2018, Wright also served as director of the UCF Institute for Social and Behavioral Sciences, as editor-in-chief of the journal Social Science Research, and as editor-in-chief of the International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences. His latest book is Hunger in the Land of Plenty: A Cricail Look at Food Insecurity (with Amy Donley and Sara Vega).

Table of Contents

One Hundred Sixty-Eight Important Lessons You Can Learn by Studying Sociology
1 Introduction to Sociology
2 Theory and Perspectives
3 Research Methods and Statistics
4 Sociology of Contemporary American Society
5 Political Sociology
6 Public Opinion and Attitude Change
7 Wealth, Power, and Inequality
8 The Working Class
9 American Social Problems: Crime, Poverty, and Population
10 Sociology of the American Family
11 Sociology of Religion
12 Sociology of Alcohol and Drugs
13 Guns, Crime, and Violence
14 Homelessness
15 Urban Sociology
16 Social Inequalities and Health
17 Social Policy and Evaluation Research
18 Postscript: My Life as a Sociologist

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