John Macionis: Sociology Author, Overview

Instructor: Mary Firestone
Learn about the author John Macionis, and his approach to teaching sociology to college students. Discover why his best-selling textbooks are so successful, then take a brief quiz to test your new knowledge.

John Macionis

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.

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