Society in Focus: An Introduction to Sociology-William E. Thompson, Joseph V. Hickey

  • Title: Society in Focus: An Introduction to Sociology
  • Author: William E. Thompson, Joseph V. Hickey
  • Released: 1998-12-01
  • Language:
  • Pages: 682
  • ISBN: 0321002105
  • ISBN13: 978-0321002105
  • ASIN: 0321002105



"I have chosen Society in Focus because of its appeal to students, its organization, and its contemporary approach to social issues."

Betty Daughenbaugh

Wor-Wic Community College


"Society in Focus has solid coverage of major concepts and principles, plus the inclusion of globalization and technomedia themes make it very timely."

Michael Miller

University of Texas - San Antonio


"Our faculty chose the text for several reasons: it possesses a rich yet focused approach to instruction, it is very current in recent research and thematic developments in the discipline, and it is rather grounded substantively; using popular culture references where appropriate - whcih gives greater context to sociological concepts."

Terence Stewart

Mott Community College


"The text provides integration of sociological theory throughout each chapter, and is very readable and affordable."

Terence Stewart

Mott Community College


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From the Back Cover



Dear Student:

Allyn & Bacon is committed to helping you succeed in your sociology course. We are pleased to offer you resources that go beyond the book to help you study–and to help you learn. For example:

Companion Website (
The free, open-access website that accompanies this book features chapter reviews, practice tests, electronic flash cards, and web links for every chapter. Additional material, including interactive maps and an eThemes of the Times collection of New York Times articles, helps you explore how sociology works in our everyday lives.

Study Guide
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A balanced and comprehensive introduction to sociology, Society in Focus includes timely and highly engaging research in every chapter on the powerful influences of mass media and “technomedia,” information technologies such as computers, email, the Internet, PDAs, and wireless phones.

In this lively new edition, the authors continue to explore the increasing diversity and globalization of societies everywhere, and the special role of mass media and information technology in contemporary society.

Praise for the Fifth Edition of Society in Focus:

“Besides the overall quality of the text narrative, one of my reasons for adopting Society in Focus, Fifth Edition, was the thematic focus on the abundance of false information presented by the mass media…The maps deserve special mention, as they are particularly good…Overall, I find Society in Focus, Fourth Edition to be an outstanding introductory sociology textbook.”
Dwight Wood, Marshall University, West Virginia

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