Mary Firestone has a Bachelor of Arts in Music and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing. Firestone has experience as an instructor for English, English Composition, Advanced Composition, Contemporary World Literature, Contemporary Literature, and Creative Writing. She has taught at a variety of schools such as Ottawa University Online, Rasmussen College, Excelsior College, and Southern New Hampshire University.
John Macionis is a professor and distinguished scholar at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio, and the author of many textbooks on sociology. His books Sociology and Society: The Basics are '...the two most popular sociology introductory texts in the United States' (Macionis, n.d.). He's also written Social Problems, another popular text that focuses on how society uses politics to solve social problems.
Sociology and the World
John Macionis has traveled to over fifty countries, participating in sociology programs. He brings his experiences and 'global perspective' to the classroom, and to sociology lessons in the textbooks he writes. About the discipline of sociology and its application in the real world, he says:
The 6 billion people on earth are members of a single biological species: Homo sapiens. But there are striking differences among the world's people...We may be the same people biologically, but we certainly differ in our tastes, behaviors and beliefs. The capacity for such startling differences is human culture; the study of how people live is the discipline of sociology (Macionis, n.d.).
Award for Teaching Excellence
In 2002, Macionis won the American Sociology Society (ASA) Distinguished Contributions to Teaching Award. On its website, ASA mentions the reasons for the success of Macionis's textbooks, noting how he is able to both integrate teaching technologies and incorporate his global interests into his texts.
Newest Editions of Most Popular Textbooks
The newest edition of the textbook Sociology (14th Edition) explores the sociological perspective on social dysfunction, gay marriage laws, multiracial and multi-ethnic people, the effects of social class on parenting, how society plays a role in social construction of reality, and many other topics relevant to our lives today.
In the newest edition of Society: the Basics (12th Edition), students will be able to learn how social issues apply to their everyday lives, which is one of the known strengths of Macionis's textbooks. Sociological theories are discussed in every chapter, and maps and media assignments are designed to help develop quantitative literacy. There's also a Sociology Focus blog with weekly posts that students can use to apply the lessons to current events.
John Macionis Overview
|John Macionis||a sociology professor and distinguished scholar at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio|
|Textbooks||textbooks by Macionis include Sociology & Society: The Basics; most popular introductory sociology texts in U.S.|
|Recognition||received Distinguished Contributions to Teaching Award in 2002 from American Sociology Society|
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- Identify who John Macionis is
- Name the sociology textbooks he's written
- Describe the content of the textbooks' latest editions
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