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Sociology: Exploring Human Society

Narrated by: Paul Heitsch
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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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Thought provoking.

I found this book to be thorough and thought provoking all the way through. Check out Sapiens or Homo Deus by Yuval Noah Harari too. Both his books provide interesting perspectives on the topics.

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  • 29-09-2017

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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  • Yolanna Chikonyora
  • 14-05-2017

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
  • 29-03-2017

Pleasantly surprised

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

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  • Ricky D. Phipps
  • 03-09-2015

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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  • Ashley Laurey
  • 11-12-2018

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
  • 20-05-2017

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
  • 06-11-2015

Interesting

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

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  • Kinga
  • 16-07-2015

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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  • salman
  • 26-03-2020

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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  • Julie richards
  • 15-12-2019

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.