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The Real World: An Introduction to Sociology

3.34  ·  Rating Details ·  92 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
The Real World shows students how personally relevant sociology can be with a clever mix of popular culture, everyday life, and extensive student activities. Professors describe the book as hip and accessible, and students love the authors contemporary examples and emphasis on students experiences. The Real World is the only book to integrate Data Workshops into every chap ...more
Paperback, 493 pages
Published December 1st 2009 by W. W. Norton & Company (first published January 1st 2008)
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Betsy McGee
Jul 16, 2008 Betsy McGee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: textbooks
Ok, I don't usually include textbooks on my list of books I've read, but since I have read LITERALLY every single word in this book, I'm including it.

It's a great book, easy to read and understand, with lots of "real world" anecdotes.
Billie Pritchett
Jun 20, 2010 Billie Pritchett rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sociology
The Real World: An Introduction to Sociology is an introductory textbook on sociology. Having no real knowledge of sociology, I decided to read this textbook to learn more about this social science. The book was helpful in explaining sociology, which is defined by the authors as "[t:]he systematic or scientific study of human society and social behavior, from large-scale institutions and mass culture to small groups and individual interactions" (p. G12). Although the book was edifying in explain ...more
Danielle.
Dec 13, 2014 Danielle. rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a fucking joke. Of all the books that are introductions to sociology, we had to read this shitty, biased one with myths and incorrect statistics. Also, this isn't gender-neutral. These writers use "she" and "her" to explain everything (like a lot of people use "mankind" or "he" to talk about humanity). Avoid this shit (well, if it's used for your sociology course, get ready to be pissed the fuck off).
Jane Francis
Nov 26, 2015 Jane Francis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: college-finished
Read this for introductory Sociology class. Really nice - easy to understand, relevant examples and wide but thorough coverage of the topic. Stressed very much the interpretation of different topics through all of the major sociological perspectives/theories. Very happy that I had this book.
David Kirschner
Jan 15, 2015 David Kirschner rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the best intro book I've ever read. Tons of interesting research and real-life examples and does a good job relating theory to every topic. The Data Workshops are excellent sources of ideas for class activities and assignments as well.
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