Society: The Basics, Global Edition

John J. Macionis  
Total pages
July 2014
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Seeing Sociology in your Everyday Life

With a complete theoretical framework and a global perspective, Society: The Basics, 13/eoffers students an accessible and relevant introduction to sociology. Author John J. Macionis empowers students to see the world around them through a sociological lens, helping them to better understand their own lives. This informative, engaging, and entertaining title will change the way readers see the world and open the door to many new opportunities.


  • Seeing Sociology in your Everyday Life - New Power of Society figures at the start of each chapter help readers understand the power of society to shape people’s lives. By forcing them to give up some of their cultural common sense that points to the importance of “personal choice,” students will better understand the evidence of how society shapes our major life decisions.
  • Improves Critical Thinking - Each major section of every chapter begins with new specific Learning Objectives. All Learning Objectives are listed at the at the beginning of each chapter and organize the summary at the end of the chapter.
  • Relates to the Real World - The 13th edition has more discussion on social media than ever before. Sociology Focus boxes connect recent research to current events and issues happening in our social world.
  • Focuses on Diversity - New scholarship dealing with race, class and gender is interwoven throughout. Thinking About Diversity: Race, Class, and Gender boxes focus on a wide range of multicultural and gender experiences. Seeing Ourselves National Maps illuminate the social diversity in the United States.
  • Supports Instructors - An author written Test Bank, Instructor’s Manual and instructor notes in the Annotated Instructor’s Edition make the 13th edition a powerful learning program.

New to this Edition

Chapter-by-Chapter Changes

Chapter 1:

  • Updates on states allowing same-sex marriage
  • New “Power of Society” figure on choosing romantic partners
  • New discussion of how income affects odds of going to college
  • Updated childbirth numbers
  • Updated data on nations sorted by income
  • New discussion on race and sports
  • Updated global profile of population and social standing

Chapter 2:

·   New “Power of Society” figure on variations in support for abortion access

·   Updates on income and wealth among major ethnic communities

·   New research on languages as a measure of U.S. cultural diversity

·   New data of global illiteracy

·   Latest data on immigration

·   Updates on English and number of Americans who speak another language at home

·   Latest data on life goals for people entering college

·   Updates on texting language and English on the web

·   New box on origins of hip-hop music

·   New theory section: feminist analysis of gender and culture

Chapter 3:

·   New “Power of Society” figure on education level and TV watching

·   Latest data on multiracial people

·   Recent research on newspapers’ endorsement of candidates for president

Chapter 4:

·   New “Power of Society” figure on social networking

·   Updated discussion of reality building

·   Updated discussion of nonverbal communication

·   Updates on women in clerical or service jobs

·   Expanded discussion of body language and deception

·   New section on social media

Chapter 5:

·   New “Power of Society” figure on joining groups and how groups use computers

·   New section on social media and networking

Chapter 6:

·   New “Power of Society” figure on same-sex marriage

·   Updates on gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (GLBT) community

·   Update on sex among high school students and extramarital sex

·   New discussion and map on global access to abortion

·   Discussion of political changes that led to approving same-sex marriage

·   Latest statistics on teen pregnancy, rape, and prostitution

·   New discussion of men’s power over women in reproductive health

Chapter 7:

·   New “Power of Society” figure shows how race places some categories of our population at much higher risk of being incarcerated

·   Latest statistical information on extent of gambling across the U.S.; discusses importance of Sandy Hook elementary school shootings in 2012

·   New information on extent of legal medical marijuana use

·   Discussion on projection that, by 2015, firearms are projected to cause more deaths than auto accidents

·   Recent changes in U.S. capital punishment laws are included

·   Recent research on cost of incarceration, number of serious crimes that are recorded in the U.S. for 2011, and analyzes all arrests for person crimes and property crimes by age, sex, race and ethnicity for 2011

·   Reports on number of police in the U.S. and number of people in prison, plus a statistical-based exploration of

Table of Contents



Chapter 1: Sociology: Perspective, Theory, and Method

Chapter 2: Culture

Chapter 3: Socialization: From Infancy to Old Age

Chapter 4: Social Interaction in Everyday Life

Chapter 5: Groups and Organizations

Chapter 6: Sexuality and Society

Chapter 7: Deviance

Chapter 8: Social Stratification

Chapter 9: Global Stratification

Chapter 10: Gender Stratification

Chapter 11: Race and Ethnicity

Chapter 12: Economics and Politics

Chapter 13: Family and Religion

Chapter 14: Education, Health, and Medicine

Chapter 15: Population, Urbanization, and Environment

Chapter 16: Social Change: Modern and Postmodern Societies