This comprehensive introductory text emphasizes the increasing diversity and globalization of societies everywhere, and the special role of mass media and information technology in contemporary society.
An introduction to sociology, integrating material on the media throughout and looking at chapter concepts as they are likely to apply in the 21st century. Sections on the sociological perspective; the social framework; social differentiation and inequality; social institutions; and social change feature chapter opening case studies and anecdotes, historical material, and color photo essays on violence in the media, gender roles on television, and the media and the environmental movement. Pedagogical aids include chapter outlines, key terms and concepts, and questions. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)