This best selling comprehensive text shares the excitement of sociology with the acclaimed "down-to-earth" approach that highlights the sociology of everyday life. The 8th Edition of this highly regarded text retains all the features that have made previous editions so successful. The author has a unique ability to engage students without sacrificing content or talking down to them. With wit, personal reflection, and illuminating examples, Henslin shares his passion for sociology with his readers like no other author of an introductory text can.Theoretically balanced, this text covers all major topics in an introductory course. One-column design with wide margins showcases the text's celebrated photo and art program. Many of the popular chapter-opening vignettes are drawn from the author's personal experiences. Contains two separate chapters on stratification: one on stratification in the United States (Ch. 10), and one on global stratification (Ch. 9). Five types of thematic boxes complement the text: "Down-to-Earth Sociology" highlight the sociology of everyday life and its relevance to students' lives. "Mass Media and Social Life" provide the most current coverage of the media and its impact on society. "Cultural Diversity" help students gain and understanding of other cultures, both in U.S. society and around the world. "Thinking Critically" focus on controversial social issues and engage students in examining them. "Sociology and the New Terchnology" investigate how technology is changing our society and influencing our lives"Through the Author's Lens" photo essays, from Jim Henslin's travels, enable students to look over the author's shoulder as he experiences other cultures or explores aspects of culture in the United States. The outstanding supplements package supports a wide range of instructional settings including small discussion groups, large lecture halls, telecourses, and online or Web-based courses.