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Seeing Ourselves: Classic, Contemporary, and Cross-Cultural Readings in Sociology, 8th Edition

By John J. Macionis, Nijole V. Benokraitis

Published by Pearson

Published Date: Nov 13, 2009

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This best-selling introductory sociology reader provides classical, contemporary and cross-cultural readings on each key sociological topic. Seeing Ourselves strives to showcase the different perspectives sociology offers and the complexity of the social world.

 

This reader has 72 readings composed of 26 Classic articles, 26 Contemporary articles, and 20 Cross-cultural articles.

Table of Contents

Readings new to this edition in bold.

 

 

THE SOCIOLOGICAL IMAGINATION

 

Classic

 

1.      "The Sociological Imagination" by C. Wright Mills

 

Classic

 

2.      "Invitation to Sociology" by Peter L. Berger

 

Contemporary

 

3.      "Women and the Birth of Sociology" by Patricia Madoo Lengermann and Jill Niebrugge-Brantley

 

Cross-Cultural

 

4.      "Body Ritual among the Nacirema" by Horace Miner

 

 

SOCIOLOGICAL RESEARCH

 

Classic

 

5.      "The Case for Value-Free Sociology" by Max Weber

 

Contemporary

 

6.      "The Importance of Social Research" by Earl Babbie

 

Cross-Cultural

 

7.      "Cultural Obsession with Thinness: African American, Latina, and White Women” by Becky W. Thompson (was #11 in SO7)

 

 

CULTURE

 

Classic

 

8.      "Symbol: The Basic Element of Culture" by Leslie A. White

 

Contemporary

 

9.      "Manifest and Latent Functions" by Robert K. Merton

  

Cross-Cultural

 

10.  "India's Sacred Cow" by Marvin Harris

 

 

SOCIETY

 

Classic

 

11.  "Manifesto and the Communist Party" by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels

 

Classic

 

12.  "Gemeinschaft and Gesellschaft" by Ferdinand Tönnies

 

Contemporary

 

13.  "Unmarried with Children" by Kathryn Edin and Maria Kefalas

 

Cross-Cultural

 

14.  "The Amish: A Small Society" by John A. Hostetler

 

 

SOCIALIZATION

 

Classic

 

15.  "The Self" by George Herbert Mead

 

Contemporary

 

16.  "Boyhood, Organized Sports, and the Construction of Masculinities" by Michael A. Messner

 

Contemporary

 

17.  "Socialization and the Power of Advertising" by Jean Kilbourne

 

Cross-Cultural

 

18.  "Parents' Socialization of Children in Global Perspective" by D. Terri Heath

 

 

SOCIAL INTERACTION IN EVERYDAY LIFE

 

Classic

 

19.  "The Dyad and the Triad," by Georg Simmel

 

Classic

 

20.  "The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life" by Erving Goffman

 

Contemporary

 

21.  "Invisible Privilege" by Paula S. Rothenberg

 

Contemporary

 

22.  "You Just Don't Understand: Women and Men in Conversation" by Deborah Tannen

 

Cross-Cultural

 

23.  "The DOs and TABOOs of Body Language around the World" by Roger E. Axtell

 

 

GROUPS AND ORGANIZATIONS

           

Classic

 

24.  "Primary Groups" by Charles Horton Cooley

 

Classic

 

25.  "The Characteristics of Bureaucracy" by Max Weber

 

Contemporary

 

26.  "McJobs: McDonaldization and the Workplace" by George Ritzer

 

Cross-Cultural

 

27.  "Even If I Don't Know What I'm Doing, I Can Make It Look Like I Do: Becoming a Doctor in Canada" by Brenda L. Beagan

 

 

DEVIANCE

 

Classic

 

28.  "The Functions of Crime" by Emile Durkheim

 

Contemporary

 

29.  "On Being Sane in Insane Places" by Donald L. Rosenhan

 

Contemporary

 

30.  "The Code of the Streets" by Elijah Anderson

 

Cross-Cultural

 

31.  "Prostitution: A Worldwide Business of Sexual Exploitation" by Melissa Farley

 

 

SEXUALITY AND SOCIETY

 

Classic

 

32.  "Understanding Sexual Orientation" by Alfred C. Kinsey, Wardell B. Pomeroy, and Clyde E. Martin

 

Contemporary

 

33.  "Sex in America: How Many Partners Do We Have?" by Robert T. Michael, John H. Gagnon, Edward O. Laumann, and Gina Kolata

 

Cross-Cultural

 

34.  "Homosexuality in Cross-Cultural Perspective" by J. M. Carrier

 

 

SOCIAL STRATIFICATION

 

Classic

 

35.  "Some Principles of Stratification" by Kingsley Davis and Wilbert Moore, with a response by Melvin Tumin

 

Contemporary

 

36.  “Nickel and Dimed: On (not) Getting By in America” by Barbara Ehrenreich [I need to know the permission cost for this one]

 

Cross-Cultural

 

37.  "The Uses of Global Poverty: How Economic Inequality Benefits the West" by Daina Stukuls Eglitis

 

 

GENDER

 

Classic

 

38.  "Sex and Temperament in Three Primitive Societies" by Margaret Mead

 

Contemporary

 

39.  "'Night to His Day': The Social Construction of Gender" by Judith Lorber

 

Contemporary

 

40.  "How Subtle Sex Discrimination Works" by Nijole V. Benokraitis

 

Cross-Cultural

 

41.  "Domestic Violence: A Cross-Cultural View" by Elaine Leeder

 

 

RACE AND ETHNICITY

 

Classic

 

42.  "The Souls of Black Folk" by W. E. B. Du Bois

 

Contemporary

 

43.  "Controlling Images and Black Women's Oppression" by Patricia Hill Collins

 

Contemporary

 

44.  "How Did Jews Become White Folks?" by Karen Brodkin Sacks

 

Cross-Cultural

 

45.  “Are Asian Americans Becoming White?” by Min Zhou

 

 

THE ECONOMY AND WORK

 

Classic

 

46. "Alienated Labor" by Karl Marx

 

Contemporary

 

47. "When Work Disappears" by William Julius Wilson

 

Cross-Cultural

 

48. "Getting a Job in Harlem: Experiences of African American, Puerto Rican, and Dominican Youth" by Katherine S. Newman

 

 

POLITICS, GOVERNMENT, AND THE MILITARY

 

Classic

 

49. "The Power Elite" by C. Wright Mills

 

Contemporary

 

50. "Can Anyone Become President of the United States?" by G. William Domhoff

 

Cross-Cultural

 

51. "The Roots of Terrorism" by The 9/11 Commission

 

 

FAMILIES

 

Classic

 

52. "'His' and 'Her' Marriage" by Jessie Bernard

 

Contemporary

 

53. "The Mommy Myth" by Susan J. Douglas and Meredith W. Michaels

 

Cross-Cultural

 

54. "Mate Selection and Marriage around the World" by Bron B. Ingoldsby

 

 

RELIGION

 

Classic

 

55. "The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism" by Max Weber

 

Contemporary

 

56. "How Student Life is Different at Religious Colleges" by Naomi Schaefer Riley

 

Cross-Cultural

 

57. "Women and Islam" by Jane I. Smith

 

 

EDUCATION

 

Classic

 

58. “Education and Inequality" by Samuel Bowles and Herbert Gintis

 

Contemporary

 

59. "Savage Inequalities: Children in U.S. Schools" by Jonathan Kozol

 

Cross-Cultural

 

60. “The English Only Debate” by Alejandro Portes

 

 

HEALTH AND MEDICINE

 

Classic

 

61. "The Social Structure of Medicine" by Talcott Parsons

 

Contemporary

 

62. “The Slaughterhouse: The Most Dangerous Job" by Eric Schlosser

 

Cross-Cultural

 

63. "Female Genital Mutilation" by Efua Dorkenoo and Scilla Elworthy

 

 

POPULATION AND URBANIZATION

 

Classic

 

64. "The Metropolis and Mental Life" by Georg Simmel

 

Classic

 

65. "Why Humanity Faces Ultimate Catastrophe" by Thomas Robert Malthus

 

Contemporary

 

66. "Urbanism as a Way of Life" by Louis Wirth

 

Contemporary

 

67. "Urban Sprawl: The Formation of Edge Cities" by John J. Macionis and Vincent R. Parrillo

 

Cross-Cultural

 

68. "Let's Reduce Global Population!" by J. Kenneth Smail

 

 

SOCIAL CHANGE AND MODERNITY

 

Classic

 

69. “Anomy and Modern Life" by Emile Durkheim

 

Classic

 

70. "The Disenchantment of Modern Life" by Max Weber

 

Contemporary

 

71. "The American Paradox: Spiritual Hunger in an Age of Plenty" by David G. Myers

 

Cross-Cultural

 

72. “Global Media” by Todd Gitlin

 

 

 

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