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Introductory Sociology

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As you read sociology textbooks, take notes that address the following issues, which are fundamental to most questions that appear on the test:

  • What is society? What is culture? What is common to all societies, and what is characteristic of American society?
  • What are other basic concepts in sociology that help to describe human nature, human interaction and the collective behavior of groups, organizations, institutions and societies?
  • What methods do sociologists use to study, describe, analyze and observe human behavior?


  • Alexander and Thompson, A Contemporary Introduction to Sociology: Culture and Society in Transition (Paradigm)
  • Andersen and Taylor, Sociology: The Essentials (Wadsworth)
  • Brinkerhoff et al., Essentials of Sociology (Wadsworth)
  • Brym and Lie, Sociology: Your Compass for a New World, Brief Edition (Wadsworth)
  • Curry et al., Sociology for the Twenty-First Century (Prentice Hall)
  • Ferris and Stein, The Real World: An Introduction to Sociology (W. W. Norton)
  • Giddens et al., Essentials of Sociology (W.W. Norton)
  • Henslin, Essentials of Sociology (Allyn & Bacon)
  • Hughes and Kroehler, Sociology: The Core (McGraw-Hill)
  • Macionis, Society: The Basics (Prentice Hall)
  • Newman and O'Brien, Sociology: Exploring the Architecture of Everyday Life (Pine Forge)
  • Schaefer, Sociology: A Brief Introduction (McGraw-Hill)
  • Stark, Sociology (Wadsworth)
  • Sullivan, Introduction to Social Problems (Allyn & Bacon)
  • Thompson and Hickey, Society in Focus: An Introduction to Sociology (Allyn & Bacon)
  • Tischler, Introduction to Sociology (Wadsworth)
  • Witt, SOC (McGraw-Hill)

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