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Introduction to Sociology is an introductory college digital textbook that combines two outstanding elements: core content from OpenStax College that has been enhanced by the Trunity Content Learning Platform. OpenStax College is an initiative of Rice University to improve student access to quality learning materials that has earned a reputation for outstanding educational content. The text is identical to the OpenStax version. Our editors have enhanced the OpenStax version by adding high resolution images, additional videos, interactive student self-assessments, links to further research, and a dynamic electronic glossary. The content is embedded in a Content Learning Platform that enables instructors to customize the content, and that provides students with personalization tools such as bookmarking, highlighting, and annotation. The result is an educational resource that combines the exceptional physics content of the OpenStax version with the Web-based features that enhance the student learning experience.

Introduction to Sociology was created with several goals in mind: accessibility, customization, and student engagement—all while encouraging students toward high levels of academic scholarship. This book was written with focus on the student and is based on the teaching and research experience of numerous sociologists. The applications of Sociology concepts are relevant, current, and balanced. Introduction to Sociology adheres to the scope and sequence of a typical introductory sociology course. In addition to comprehensive coverage of core concepts, foundational scholars, and emerging theories, we have incorporated section reviews with engaging questions, discussions that help students apply the sociological imagination, and features that draw learners into the discipline in meaningful ways.

  • Student Learning Outcomes
  • Case Studies
  • Key Concepts
  • Review Questions
  • Web-Based, Device Agnostic
  • Highlighting and Annotations
  • Online Glossary integrated into Text

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: An Introduction to Sociology
Chapter 2: Sociological Research
Chapter 3: Culture
Chapter 4: Society and Social Interaction
Chapter 5: Socialization
Chapter 6: Groups and Organization
Chapter 7: Deviance, Crime, and Social Control
Chapter 8: Media and Technology
Chapter 9: Social Stratification in the United States
Chapter 10: Global Inequality
Chapter 11: Race and Ethnicity
Chapter 12: Gender, Sex, and Sexuality
Chapter 13: Aging and the Elderly
Chapter 14: Marriage and Family
Chapter 15: Religion
Chapter 16: Education
Chapter 17: Government and Politics
Chapter 18: Work and the Economy
Chapter 19: Health and Medicine
Chapter 20: Population, Urbanization, and the Environment
Chapter 21: Social Movements and Social Change
Instructor Resources (Instructor access only)


Nathan Keirns, Zane State College
Eric Strayer, Hartnell College
Heather Griffiths, Fayetteville State University
Susan Cody-Rydzewski, Georgia Perimeter College
Gail Scaramuzzo, Lackawanna College
Tommy Sadler, Union University
Sally Vyain, Ivy Tech Community College

Trunity Editor

Cutler J. Cleveland