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In putting together lectures for this course I attempt to build on the material in the textbook by introducing you to some examples of sociology's most interesting research and by connecting the course material to contemporary issues. This page is intended to help you examine these topics further by (1) sharing with you my sources for lecture material and (2) suggesting some additional readings.
I am on a constant look-out for materials to add to the class so if you run across some interesting information connected to anything in the textbook, feel free to give me a heads-up. Likewise, if you think something should be added to this page, let me know. Also, please contact me if you want some additional reading suggestions on these or other topics.
Chapter 1: Taking a New Look at a Familiar World
The theme of the class is drawn largely from the perspective of Peter Berger, whose book Invitation to Sociology (1963, 191 pp.) was a text in the intro class I took as an undergraduate. The idea of the social construction of reality was developed in The Social Construction of Reality (1966, 219 pp.) by Berger and Thomas Luckmann.
The concept of the sociological imagination is explained in C. Wright Mills' book The Sociological Imagination (1959).
I illustrated different concepts related to the course theme with interesting sociological studies: