Social Science


Connecting Social Problems and Popular Culture: Why Media is Not the Answer, 2nd edition

Karen Sternheimer

Is violence on the streets caused by violence in video games? Does cyber-bullying lead to an increase in suicide rates? Are teens promiscuous because of Teen Mom? As Karen Sternheimer clearly demonstrates, popular culture is an easy scapegoat for many of society’s problems, but it is almost always the wrong answer . . . READ MORE

Well researched, with an attention to policy details, this book helps debunk the notion that media is the cause of society’s ills. Highly recommended.
— Choice


Society and the Environment: Pragmatic Solutions to Ecological Issues, 2nd edition*

Michael C. Carolan

Society and the Environment examines today's environmental controversies within a socio-organizational context. After outlining the contours of “pragmatic environmentalism,” Carolan considers the pressures that exist where ecology and society collide, such as population growth and its associated increased demands for . . .  READ MORE

*I also edited the first edition of this book.

An engaging, well-organized, and comprehensive treatment of the core issues in environmental sociology. Carolan’s conversational style and pragmatic focus will help students connect with the subject rather than become depressed.
— Richard York, University of Oregon


Feminist Thought: A More Comprehensive Introduction, 4th Edition

Rosemarie Putnam Tong

Winner of the 2009 Choice Outstanding Academic Titles award

Feminist Thought is a clear, comprehensive, and incisive introduction to the major traditions of feminist theory, from liberal feminism, radical feminism, and Marxist and socialist feminism to care-focused feminism, psychoanalytic feminism, women-of-color feminism, and ecofeminism. The fourth edition has been thoroughly . . . READ MORE

No other work gives one such a sense of the scope and substance of the major traditions of feminist theory.
— Nancy Tuana, Penn State University


Social Stratification: Class, Race, and Gender in Sociological Perspective, 4th edition*
David B. Grusky

With income inequality on the rise and the ongoing economic downturn, the causes, consequences, and politics of inequality are undergoing a fundamental transformation. Updated and highly accessible, the fourth edition of Social Stratification provides refreshing take on existing theories, incorporates the latest data, and lends . . . READ MORE

*I also edited the third edition of this book.

A clear and in-depth discussion of how social policy has dealt with issues of poverty and inequality, and is a ‘must’ for any college-level collection.
— The Midwest Book Review


The Social Dynamics of Family Violence, 2nd edition*
Angela Hattery and Earl Smith

This compelling text explores family violence throughout the life course, from child abuse and neglect to intimate partner violence and elder abuse. Paying special attention to the social character and institutional causes of family violence, Hattery and Smith ask students to consider how social inequality, especially gender . . . READ MORE

*I also edited the first edition of this book as well as Dr. Smith and Dr. Hattery’s forthcoming book GENDER, POWER, AND VIOLENCE

[A] unique contribution to the family literature . . . [that] provides a [sociological] systematic examination of all forms of family violence . . . I highly recommend this book.
— Eduardo Bonilla-Silva, Duke University


Social Theory: The Multicultural, Global, and Classic Readings, 6th edition*

Charles Lemert

For nearly a quarter-century, Charles Lemert has shared his love of social theory, and the questions it explores, in this collection of readings. With 140 selections that begin in the nineteenth century and end in 2015, Social Theory charts the long arc of the development of the field . . . READ MORE

*I also edited the fourth and fifth editions of this book.

A rich, highly textured, historically sweeping, and strikingly inclusive collection
— Jeffrey Alexander, Yale University
Powerful and provocative … Social Theory is an essential guide through the complex contours of multicultural ideology and theory from the nineteenth century to the present.
— Manning Marable, Pulitzer Prize Winner for Malcolm X


Global Gender Issues in the New Millennium, 4th edition*

Anne Sisson Runyan and V. Spike Peterson

Global Gender Issues in the New Millennium argues that the power of gender works to help keep gender, race, class, sexual, and national divisions in place despite increasing attention to gender issues in the study and practice of world politics . . . READ MORE

*I also edited the third edition of this book.

Once again, this is the place to begin if you are organizing a course on gender and world politics.
— Craig N. Murphy, Wellesley College


Inequality in the 21st Century, 1st edition

David B. Grusky and Jasmine Hill

Why are so many types of inequality suddenly increasing? Should we be worried that we're moving into a "second gilded age" with unprecedented levels of income inequality? In this new collection, David B. Grusky and Jasmine Hill present readings that lay bare the main changes in play, what's driving these changes, and what might be done to reverse them . . . READ MORE

I highly recommend this book. It is essential reading for anyone studying occupational segregation, and valuable for scholars in a range of fields including gender studies, work, social inequality, and comparative-historical sociology.
— Canadian Journal of Sociology Online
This impressive collection of essays brings together well-known economists, sociologists, and philosophers to discuss the pressing problems of inequality and poverty.
— Joseph E. Stiglitz