Grammatical Errors rating: 4 The textbook is free of grammatical errors. Interface rating: 5 I had no problems navigating through the text, and clicked on many of the images and links and had no issues with connections. While the data appear accurate, many displays of data need to be updated. In the pdf version, the figure or graph titles often show up on the following page. I would have liked to see more up to date data in the deviance and crime chapter e.
Transgender is about gender, not sexual orientation. If an instructor would prefer not to cover theories relating to this topic e. I did not see the index or glossary. Please display something relevant and worth talking about! Tables, often contrasting three theoretical perspectives, are used effectively throughout the text as are headings and subheadings. Classic example: it claims that Marx is unable to explain why there was never a revolution in the United States. Grammatical Errors rating: 5 I found it grammatically sound and easy to read.
The titles they have now do not loan themselves easily to wanting to explore the questions, and they are good questions. Early pioneers of Marxist sociology included the Austrian Carl Grünberg and the Italian Antonio Labriola. . Updating charts and tables with new data should be relatively easy to incorporate. Content within each chapter is structured in digestible sections so that topical excerpts can be assigned; few, if any, vignettes or scenarios are carried from one chapter to the next. While these flow as a comprehensive whole, the chapters also function as standalone units. The Using Sociology vignettes at the end of each chapter offer instructors the perfect tool for organizing small group work with students and for assigning groups creative, relevant, and meaningful projects to complete and report back to the large group.
Ideally, I'd like to see a section for each chapter that is updated annually with respect to current events. The prose seems easy to comprehend and appropriate for a general audience. How has the syllabus changed? It is not included in most introduction to sociology texts. Consistency rating: 5 Each chapter follows a consistent framework for presenting the material. First impressions that academics notice, while students probably will not. Grammatical Errors rating: 5 I did not notice any major or minor errors in the text.
I appreciate the well crafted flow that goes beyond mere explanation and encouragement of social reform, but actually provides opportunities for activities of relevant activism. Given its length I was disappointed that there's no index or glossary for quick reference. Similarly, status inconsistency and cultural capital are missing from the chapter on social class and the social construction of illness is largely missing in the chapter on health and illness. Alexis had the highest score of all the students who took the exam in the June 2017 series. In the chapter on religion, the term cult is used, but with no reference to the alternative term, new religious movement. Cultural Relevance rating: 5 Even though it focuses on American culture, the text is inclusive of cross-cultural examples that have global relevance.
Additionally, some versions of the text--notably the pdf--do not have a Table of Contents. A table of contents with subsections floats in the sidebar with direct navigation capabilities. Interface rating: 4 The charts and displays look great! It was hard to see, one of a trailer park, I believe. From the introduction, onwards, the book moves at a nice, accessible pace, posing useful rhetorical questions along the way, in a logical sequence of topics. The writing strikes a good balance between being at an appropriate level for college students and understandable by students with no previous background in sociology. Some recent studies suggest that screen time for our teens actually has a depressive effect, and suicide is increasing due to real isolation.
The web version, though, is much easier to navigate. For example, the text does not reflect social changes with respect to same-sex marriage, deferred action for children of immigrants, or social movements in response to the criminal justice system that have occurred over the last five years. The following are the dates of the tests. Also, some terminology is outdated, especially with regard to transgender people. It seems reasonable, again, especially for an online text, that data is updated at least every five years. Comments I really appreciate how this text introduces ideology and then weaves the American Dream, meritocracy, and blame the victim ideology across several chapters.
I think an introductory textbook in sociology can do better than this! As an important note though, given that there are typically 15-16 weeks in a standard semester system and that there are 22 chapters in this text, one may find it hard to cover everything that this book has to offer. A few of the figures do not have citations of dates for the data though. But, with the electronic formats e. There is a concern with nuances in the definitions and comparison of different perspectives. I cannot say about the other versions available for download. Grammatical Errors rating: 5 As expected for a college text, I did not find any glaring or non-glaring! That is part of the discipline.
Only one minor issue exists: the book relies heavily on subject headings, abandoning bold print or typography to highlight key concepts. Consistency rating: 5 There is consistency in terminology and framework throughout the entire book. Key words are also not colored in or printed in bold to show their significance. It covers gender issues, terrorism, race and class inequalities, political organizations, addresses medical sociology, terrorism, the importance of social institutions, and the list goes on. Its length alone allows for comprehensive coverage of standard topics discussed in an introduction to sociology course with a few notable exceptions. Cultural Relevance rating: 4 Sociology as a discipline is culturally relevant.