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Summary

Sociology: Exploring Human Society, is a college level introductory audio textbook for Sociology. This comprehensive audio textbook has 17 chapters covering the beginnings of sociology as an academic research discipline, culture and media, sociological research, socialization across the life course, social structure and social interaction, groups and organizations, deviance and crime, and social class and social stratification, global stratification, race and ethnicity, gender and sex, sexuality, family, religion, education and healthcare, politics, the economy, and population and society. Each chapter begins with an introduction that serves to guide the student and ends with a summary of the most important points.

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Too much focus on America

I was attracted to this book as it covers a large range of topics, but this point is sadly rather illusory. The main issue is that the author only speaks about topics in the context of contemporary America. As an oppressed European, I initially thought it was interesting to see how life was in the land of the free. However, this becomes rather frustrating after a while, because after all, sociology is a universal subject affecting all humans across all time, so investigating it through the lens of contemporary America is like looking at the Mona Lisa through a keyhole.

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Very informative

I've read other books on sociology but this one was very interesting and very informative the only thing I would say is the narrators voice was a bit annoying but besides that highly recommend

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very informative book however I didn’t realise it was an American edition and the narration was annoying at times

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Simple and easy to follow

The book covers nearly all major topics on Sociology. It is thoroughly descriptive but easy to follow at the same time.

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Outstanding book

I found this an interesting book covering all aspects of Sociology. The lectures covered a broad range of subjects ranging from social class, race, crime, poverty, education, culture, family and the research methodology. The subjects covered have been a great help with researching sociology for my degree.

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  • 29-09-17

a manifesto more than a textbook

As much as I agree with the author in his political views, this is a manifesto rather than a social scientific book. It suffers from some serious conformation bias, selectively presenting confirmatory evidence or simply confusing dogmas for facts in order to support specific political agendas rather than providing a balanced discussion.

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  • Ricky D. Phipps
  • 03-09-15

Warning: Activist Pseudo Science

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I generally spend my time in psychology and neuroscience books. I've been wanting to start going after people-system topics for some time, so I thought sociology was a logical field to investigate. This book, an entry level text book, seemed like a good place to start.

It was. Sort of. The field and theories are interesting and thought provoking. But ...

What struck me was the great lengths the author went through to point out how sociology relies on the scientific method. Good. Then, everything seemed to be implicitly or explicitly couched in unsupported value judgements. Distracting to infuriating.

The author is at his worst as a scholar in the last chapters where he gives an irrational, overly simplistic summary (commentary) of the terrible state of the world, from our near complete destruction of the environment (I submit that in fact the planet isn't practically destroyed) to how the poor Katrina response was clearly racist (it may have been a contributing factor, but it certainly isn't the case closed explanation). The author even describes George Zimmerman's part in the Trsyvon Martin incident as having been panic because he (George) confused Trsyvon's skin color with a weapon. Really? This is your scholarly assessment of the situation? Shameful. This might be appropriate for a New York Times op-ed, but in my opinion, it has no place in a text book of a scientific field.

This author's approach is exactly why sociologists get little respect as scientists, which is too bad because we desperately need a better understanding of the workings of relationships among and within societies.

Bottom line: I recommend this book only if you are ok with a bunch of personal opinion and (very liberal) values mixed in with presentation of an introduction to a field of study.Rick

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  • Yolanna Chikonyora
  • 14-05-17

Needs a part 2

It really teaches the foundation of our society, how culture influences it and also the history of society. I liked this one!

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  • Joshua STevens
  • 29-03-17

Pleasantly surprised

This was a great sociology book. Perfect for CLEP preparation. Very well written, and legitimately interesting information.

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  • HJ
  • 07-07-21

Excellent book

This is one of the best books I have ever heard or read, maybe the best. I honestly advice anyone interested in any one "thing" such as general culture or knowledge, economics, politics, poverty and affluence, the reasons why some people get rich and others don’t, inequality, discrimination, etc. I wish I had found a book like this one many years ago. I honestly love it.

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  • Antonio Dal Porto Neto
  • 10-08-20

Ótimo livro!

O livro descreve a sociologia de forma muito clara e é de fácil entendimento para aqueles que não estão familiarizados com o tema. Paul H. narrou muito bem e facilitou a leitura.

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  • Ashley Laurey
  • 11-12-18

absolutely loved the narrator and material

wonderful easy read / listen. quality material. chapters organized book in logical manner. I have listened to it and taken notes on twice.

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  • Eder
  • 20-05-17

Amazing

well written and narrated. if you want to douse your brain with sociology knowledge this is a must. every subject presented here was introduced to me in My University classes.

-Sociology Major

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  • jerry fuentes
  • 06-11-15

Interesting

Very interesting and worth the money to download it was a little hassle and confusing but good overall

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  • Kinga
  • 16-07-15

This book wad all I needed to pass my class.

Narrator was good and book written well. I would buy it again and recommend it.

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