The Sociology of Gender: An Introduction to Theory and Research (Key Themes in Sociology)

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It is comparable to the other main Introduction to Sociology alternatives in the market. Comparing the table of contents to other widely-used Intro texts, this text is equally comprehensive. The chapters and subjects The chapters and subjects included in this text work for the way I teach Introduction to Sociology. I appreciate the "key terms" glossary at the end of each chapter.

It makes sense to me to have the glossary sections at the end of each chapter, rather than the end of the entire text. The index at the end of the text is sufficient. However, there is a little quirk with the index given the chapter glossaries at the end of each chapter.


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Most terms in the glossary are listed twice -- first the mention of the term in the chapter and second the term in the chapter-end glossary. I would suggest removing the second page number in the index for these terms and just pointing students to the place in the chapter where the term is discussed.

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I found the content to be very accurate. I did not find any errors or inconsistencies. I do feel the text is unbiased. As best as possible, the text presents key sociological ideas in an unbiased, objective manner. I feel like the text does a good job dealing with potentially controversial issues and providing the empirical data available. I can use the material presented here to have productive conversations about these topics without fear or criticism of bias.

I feel like this text is as up-to-date and relevant as any of the Introduction to Sociology textbooks in the market. I do not entirely rely on my textbook to be completely up-to-date. Rather, I use the textbook to provide the key ideas and concepts and then often bring in my own relevant, current examples for the chapter and material we are discussing. In this regard, this text will work well for my purposes. I do not see any concerns about the format and arrangement of the chapters causing any difficulties for updates as needed.

This text is written at a level that is appropriate for an Introduction to Sociology course.

The discipline-specific terminology used is appropriate and there are plenty of definitions for students throughout the text. The text is consistent both across and within the chapters. The framework and organization of the text works well for students. I believe it would be easy to select only certain chapters from this text for use in a class. I probably would not divide the chapters into smaller reading sections, but I could imagine an instructor only using some of the chapters from the text.

If it was necessary to divide the chapters into smaller sections to be assigned, I do believe this could be done. However, I would not suggest only assigning part of a chapter from this text. I would strongly recommend using complete chapters from this text if this text is used for a course. I like the organization of this book.

As many Introductory texts are organized, this text starts with a couple chapters on big ideas about sociology as a discipline and how we do sociology. These are followed by chapters on specific topics. This is how my own Introduction to Sociology course is organized. Each chapter is organized in a clear fashion and I think students would get used to the style and format of the chapters as they used this book.

I appreciate that the last chapter is about Social Movements and Social Change. Much of what we do in sociology focuses on social problems and inequalities. I believe it is important to end a course like this thinking about prospects for social change. We study the problems in society because we want to make it better.

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I agree with the authors to end with Social Change. No issues with the interface. The text, pictures, and format work on multiple devices in multiple formats.

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The hyperlinks to pages and chapters in the table of contents, index, etc. This text does a good job including diverse perspectives across the topics presented. Across U. I did not see the text as culturally insensitive or offensive in any way. I think this is an excellent Introduction to Sociology textbook. This text provides the basics I need to teach the course at my school.

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The text covers the main ideas, theories, concepts, and topics I believe should be part of any Introduction to Sociology course. I do not believe any textbook is perfect, but this text is sufficient for my needs. The advantage of providing the text to students as an Open Educational Resource OER is a major advantage of this text. I do not feel that the other texts in this market are worth the cost of adopting over this text. Keirns et al. The book covers all the major ares within sociology and in terms of comprehensiveness, is on part with other Intro texts.

The book is accurate. I'd like there to be more specificity.

So for instance, intersectionality is attributed to Hill Collins. Sure, she was critical, but Crenshaw is the typical cite. Much of the time, I'd also like the text to be more critical. So for instance, in the chapter on global inequality, it takes a long time to say anything about colonization: "Why is Africa in such dire straits?

Centuries of struggle over land ownership have meant that much useable land has been ruined or left unfarmed, while many countries with inadequate rainfall have never set up an infrastructure to irrigate. A lot of the modern examples to introduce material and relate to students is okay. It's difficult to keep it fresh though, so this is something all textbooks suffer. Each chapter follows the same pattern, there's an outline and learning objectives, there are "making connections" pop-outs, then the main themes with subsections, then a review and end of chapter stuff: terms, summary, quiz, etc.

I'd order the chapters differently. Why is media before stratification, race, and gender?


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Social movements always seems to come at the end. I get that it's a nice way to leave students thinking, but changing that up might be fun. Very functional. Search features work, chapters are clickable from table of contents, and there's an index. Suffers from white guy syndrome, but this feels like other textbooks as well and is somewhat difficult to remedy given the history of the discipline. To cite one example, Du Bois is entirely absent. My main hiccup is the limited critical perspective. But it's often useful in class to show students it's GOOD to question things and be critical, even if something is in a textbook.

For example, the social stratification chapter has a figure of strata in rock and how this illustrates stratification. That sure makes it seem natural.

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But it's fun to pull it apart with students. The "Soc research" and "Soc in the real world" bits the authors have sprinkled in are often the most useful. More of those on a revision would be good. The text is extremely comprehensive. Topics covered comprise the traditional menu associated with with most introductory sociology textbooks utilizing the "Ian Robertson" layout that has been customary. This is the cursory summary of the leading This is the cursory summary of the leading concepts expected in each unit of the course. There are no surprises in regard to the coverage.

The book is objective and accurate in regard to data on such topics as aging, poverty, race, and inequality. The authors basically state the facts in a short, clipped fashion without going into subjective viewpoints.

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The text states universal information that will tend not to really go out of date over an extended period of time. Any updates will easily fit into the format of description and definition of concepts. Perhaps the photos and some graphics would change with time. The prose is clear and written for the comprehension of students undertaking the study of Sociology.

Although not glossy or spectacular, students will come away with knowing the basic information in this overview of sociological ideas. Internal consistency is very evident in the framework of each chapter from introduction to discussion and ultimately summation and sample questions to test students on the information. Modularity is one of the stronger suits of the text. There are enough chapters covering virtually any topics that instructors would want to include in their introductory sociology course.

The information flows in a comprehensive fashion within each of the reading sections. The book employs the logical flow associated with other standard introductory sociology texts.

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