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Sociology: A Brief Introduction, 4/e
Richard T. Schaefer, DePaul University

Understanding Sociology

Chapter Outline

WHAT IS SOCIOLOGY?

    The Sociological Imagination

    Sociology and the Social Sciences

    Sociology and Common Sense

DEVELOPING THE SOCIOLOGICAL IMAGINATION

    Theory in Practice

    Research in Action

    Speaking across Race, Gender, Class, and National Boundaries

WHAT IS SOCIOLOGICAL THEORY?

    Social Policy throughout the World

THE DEVELOPMENT OF SOCIOLOGY

    Early Thinkers: Comte, Martineau, and Spencer

    Émile Durkheim

    Max Weber

    Karl Marx

    Modern Developments

BOXES

    EYE ON THE MEDIA: Looking at Television from Three Perspectives

    SOCIOLOGY IN THE GLOBAL COMMUNITY: Women in Public Places Worldwide

MAJOR THEORETICAL PERSPECTIVES

    Functionalist Perspective

    Conflict Perspective

    Interactionist Perspective

    The Sociological Approach

APPENDIX: CAREERS IN SOCIOLOGY