This classic reader captures the excitement inherent in the field of sociology with 65 carefully chosen classic and contemporary selections from a wide variety of authors and sources. The reader is better organized around basic sociological concepts and makes a concerted effort to interrelate those concepts. Its broad selection of readings provides a balance between old and new, classic and recent articles, professional sociologists and non-sociologists, books and journals, micro and macro. Interesting, readable and timely discussions of key topics feature the works of sociologists such as Robert Bellah and Arlie Russel Hochschild and non-sociologists such Susan Faludi and Bernard Lewis. For individuals interested in an introduction to sociology.