This theoretically balanced text offers global perspectives and shows how sociology is applied to real problems. It also contains a built-in study guide. Throughout the text, the author uses illuminating examples to show how society works and how human behavior is shaped by cultural, structural, and institutional forces. As in previous editions, the Seventh Edition integrates two themes that reflect contemporary trends in sociology. The first is an examination of how sociological knowledge can be applied to social problems to help and improve our world. The second is the recognition that societies and cultures are becoming increasingly diverse and interdependent.Thomas J. Sullivan is the author of 'Sociology: Concepts and Applications in a Diverse World (7th Edition)', published 2006 under ISBN 9780205484928 and ISBN 0205484921.