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Everyday Sociology Reader, 2nd Edition

  • Karen Sternheimer
  • ISBN-10: 0393419487
  • ISBN-13: 9780393419481
  • 0 Pages | Paperback
  • COPYRIGHT: 2020 Published
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About the Product

Innovative readings and blog posts show how sociology can help us understand everyday life. Everyday Sociology Reader combines classic and contemporary readings by sociologists with posts from the Everyday Sociology blog to help students make connections between major sociological concepts, popular culture, current events, and everyday life. A wealth of suggested activities, exercises, discussion questions, and essay topics gets students actively engaging in sociological thinking, writing, and research.


  • Innovative readings help students make connections between sociological concepts and their everyday lives. The fourteen modules in the Everyday Sociology Reader, including new modules on health and medicine and sexuality, cover the most common topics taught in introductory sociology courses. Each module starts with essential readings by sociologists that introduce students to key sociological concepts, from Weber’s theory of bureaucracy to Omi and Winant’s theory of racial formation. Posts from the Everyday Sociology blog then connect those same concepts to current events and popular culture, demonstrating how sociological thinking can help us better understand our everyday lives.

  • Everyday Sociology blog posts provide a sociological take on current events and pop culture. The Everyday Sociology blog remains popular after more than a decade because it provides a much-needed sociological perspective on the big issues of the day. Contributors to the blog, many of whom teach the introductory course, have a wide range of interests, ensuring a breadth of content and a variety of perspectives.

  • Activities and questions engage students in sociological thinking, writing, and research. Everyday Sociology Reader goes beyond the typical reader with the most robust set of materials for getting students to apply what they’re learning. Every module begins with an objective, a brief discussion of the major concepts covered within the section, and questions to think about before reading. The module then ends with questions for discussion, topics for further writing, and ideas for research projects.

Table of Contents

1. What Is Sociology?

C. Wright Mills, “The Promise” from Sociological Imagination

Peter Berger, An Invitation to Sociology

Peter Kaufman, “The Most Important Sociological Lessons”

Karen Sternheimer, “The Sociological Imagination and Personal Crises”

Peter Kaufman, “Doing Sociology”

2. Thinking Sociologically

Jonathan Wynn, “Ten Sociological Metaphors and Paradoxes”

Karen Sternheimer, “Smartphones and Postmodern Theory”

Sally Raskoff, “Fear, Travel, and Anomie”

Karen Sternheimer, “Rethinking Goffman’s Front Stage/Back Stage”

Peter Kaufman, “You Might Be a Marxist”

3. Doing Sociology

Émile Durkheim, The Rules of the Sociological Method

Janis Prince Inniss, “Matching Research Methods to Research Questions”

Bradley Wright, “Where to Sit: Doing Qualitative Research”

Karen Sternheimer, “The Art and Science of Survey Writing”

Joel Best, “Scary Numbers” from More Damned Lies and Statistics: How Numbers Confuse Public Issues

4. Culture, Consumption, and Media

Thorstein Veblen, “Conspicuous Consumption” from The Theory of the Leisure Class

Juliet B. Schor, “The Visible Lifestyle: American Symbols of Status” from The Overspent American: Why We Want What We Don’t Need

Jonathan Wynn, “Football and Foie Gras: How Taste Makes Groups”

Karen Sternheimer, “Consumer or Consumed?”

Colby King, “Online Media Dystopia”

5. Self and Interaction

Erving Goffman, “Impression Management” from The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life

Karen Sternheimer, “Weddings: Front Stage Performances”

Peter Kaufman, “Love Is Sociological”

Karen Sternheimer, “Identity and Retirement”

Meika Loe and Leigh Cuttino, “Grappling with the Medicated Self: The Case of ADHD College Students”

6. Community, Organizations, and Social Groups

Max Weber, “Bureaucracy” from Max Weber: Essays in Sociology

Sally Raskoff, “Amazon and Efficiency”

Karen Sternheimer, “The Power of Parks and Museums”

Teresa Irene Gonzales, “So Fresh Saturdays: Public Events and Building Collective Action”

Eric Klinenberg, “Libraries” from Palaces for the People: How Social Infrastructure Can Help Fight Inequality, Polarization, and the Decline of Civic Life

7. Crime and Deviance

Karen Sternheimer, “Interpreting Crime Statistics in Context”

James Q. Wilson and George L. Kelling, “Broken Windows: The Police and Neighborhood Safety”

Bradley Wright, “Beyond Broken Windows”

Patricia A. Adler and Peter Adler, The Deviance Society

Karen Sternheimer, “How to Survive a Plague: Fighting AIDS and Challenging Stigma”

8. Stratification

Robert Perrucci and Earl Wysong, “Class in America” from The New Class Society: Goodbye American Dream?

Jonathan Wynn, “Meritocracy and Gentrification”

Peter Kaufman, “Exploitation at Home: Matthew Desmond’s Evicted”

Karen Sternheimer, “Does College Alienate Low-Income Students?”

Elizabeth A. Armstrong and Laura T. Hamilton, “College Pathways and Post-College Prospects” from Paying for the Party: How College Maintains Inequality

9. Gender

Candace West and Don H. Zimmerman, “Doing Gender”

Jonathan Wynn, “Masculinity So Fragile”

Jonathan Wynn, “#Pinktax and #Genderpricing: Gender in the Checkout Aisle”

Karen Sternheimer, “Applying Verstehen: Understanding the Transgender Experience”

Ann Travers, The Trans Generation: How Trans Kids (and Their Parents) Are Creating a Gender Revolution

10. Sexuality

Jeffrey Weeks, “The Making of ‘Modern’ Sexuality” from Sex, Politics, and Society

Lisa Wade, “How Sex Became Fun” from American Hookup: The New Culture of Sex on Campus

Angelique Harris, “Millennials, Sex, and the Economy”

Jonathan Wynn, “Sports and Representations of Gender and Sexuality”

Todd Schoepflin, “Why Can’t We Have a Straight Pride Parade?”

11. Race and Ethnicity

Michael Omi and Howard Winant, “Racial Formation” from Racial Formation in the United States: From the 1960s to the 1990s

Peter Kaufman, “Intersectionality for Beginners”

Angelique Harris, “What’s in a Color: The Addition of Black and Brown to the Rainbow Pride Flag”

Mary Waters, “The Costs of a Costless Community” from Ethnic Options: Choosing Identities in America

Janis Prince Inniss, “Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day: Symbolic Ethnicity”

12. Social Institutions

Arlie Russell Hochschild, “The Overextended Family” from The Time Bind: When Work Becomes Home and Home Becomes Work

Karen Sternheimer, “Families and Ancestry”

Colby King, “The Big Rig and the Sociology of Work”

Karen Sternheimer, “Civil Religion”

Peter Kaufman, “Religion, Climate Change, and Poverty”

Sara Goldrick-Rab, Paying the Price: College Costs, Financial Aid, and the Betrayal of the American Dream

13. Health and Medicine

Peter Conrad and Joseph Schneider, Deviance and Medicalization

Amanda Gengler, “Getting the Most Out of the U.S. Healthcare System”

Sally Raskoff, “Health Institutions as Bureaucracies”

Karen Sternheimer, “Measles, Technology, and Globalization”

Peter Kaufman, “A Sociology of My Death”

14. Social Change

Robert J. Sampson, “Rethinking Crime and Immigration”

Duane F. Alwin, “Generations X, Y, and Z: Are They Changing America?”

Karen Sternheimer, “Studying Aging Populations”

Karen Sternheimer, “Shopping Malls and Social Change”

Peter Kaufman, “Slacktivists, Hacktivists, and the New Faceless Agents of Social Change”