Sociology is all about connections. The social groups in which we live our lives--families, friends, communities, and whole societies--connect us to one another in numerous and profound ways. We are also connected to others by the new information technologies, especially the Internet, currently transforming the globe, as well as by events such as the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 that held our world together in our collective grief. At the same time, our membership in these groups creates diversity. Sociology helps us explore and celebrate the many ways we are different from one another as well as our similarities and connections. We are diverse because we are female or male, African American or Native American, rich or poor, young or old, gay or straight. We are also diverse because we are Catholic or Muslim, urban or rural, and born in the developed or the developing world. Diversity is what's happening globally as well as in the United States. Both groups and individuals are more diverse yet more strongly connected to one another than at any other time in human history. The third edition ofSociologyemphasizes this blend of diversity and interconnectedness by stressing theintersections of critical social variables, especially race, class, and gender.To understand group life we must understand how people occupy these and other statuses simultaneously and how they intersect to form our social identities. It also emphasizes theintersection of sociological theory and applicationas it reinforces that all application isinformedby theory. Whether you will be using sociology throughout your life or only through this semester, this book will show how the key theoretical points will inform your life travel. Another point being drawn by the book isthe intersection of the student and the disciplineas you will always find examples and writing that are timely and relevant. Thus the major goal of our text is to take students on a sociological journey through the United States and across the globe that demonstrates the threads of diversity and connectedness as intersections in their own lives. The authors hope that you find the trip both enjoyable and thought-provoking. TEXT FEATURES Students become excited about sociology through the introductory course. We have developed a text that forges a partnership between professors who teach the course and their students, who are its ultimate beneficiaries. Through its distinctive approach to the field, its readability and its relevance to student's lives, the third edition ofSociologyassists professors in developing the sociological imagination in their students by encouraging them to see all dimensions of sociology. Material is presented in ways that allow students to become active learners and help professors translate the sociological perspective to the classroom. In telling sociology's story to students, each author brings over 20 years of teaching the introductory sociology course to a variety of students, in large and small classes, and at a variety of institutions. The text, therefore, is grounded in teaching. The following text features demonstrate this foundation. NEW FEATURES.Sociology, Third Edition,updates data in all content areas and reflects the most important trends currently affecting society. NEW--Intersections featuresdelve into the impact of diversity on a wide range of issues by offering students CHIP data exercises at 5 points throughout the textbook. Easily tied to the Website, this innovative feature illustrates the impact of race, class, gender, and age on various GSS questions. NEW--September 11thcoverage is integrated throughout the textbook to demonstrate its profound impact on virtually all social institutions. Sociological analysis of this extraordinary event is found in a re-organized chapterLindsey, Linda L. is the author of 'Sociology', published 2003 under ISBN 9780131111561 and ISBN 0131111566.