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The Sociologically Examined Life sch80113_fm_i-xx.indd i 10/12/07 5:20:22 PM sch80113_fm_i-xx.indd ii 10/12/07 5:20:22 PM  The Sociologically Examined Life Pieces of the Conversation FOURTH EDITION Michael Schwalbe North Carolina State University sch80113_fm_i-xx.indd iii 10/12/07 5:20:23 PM Published by McGraw-Hill, an imprint of The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc., 1221 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10020. Copyright © 2008, 2005, 2001, 1998. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or distributed in any form or by any means, or stored in a database or retrieval system, without the prior written consent of The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc., including, but not limited to, in any network or other electronic storage or transmission, or broadcast for distance learning. This book is printed on acid-free paper. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 DOC/DOC 0 9 8 7 ISBN: 978-0-07-338011-7 MHID: 0-07-338011-3 Editor in Chief: Michael Ryan Publisher: Frank Mortimer Sponsoring Editor: Gina Boedeker Marketing Manager: Lori DeShazo Project Manager: Paul Wells Production Service: Scratchgravel Publishing Services Manuscript Editor: Anne Draus Design Manager: Margarite Reynolds Cover Designer: Margarite Reynolds Production Supervisor: Richard DeVitto Composition: 10/12 Palatino by Laserwords Private Limited Printing: 45# New Era Matte Plus, R. R. Donnelley & Sons/Crawfordsville, IN Cover: © 1997 Artville, LLC Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Schwalbe, Michael, 1956– The sociologically examined life : pieces of the conversation / Michael Schwalbe.—4th ed. p. cm. Includes indexes. ISBN-13: 978-0-07-338011-7 (alk. paper) ISBN-10: 0-07-338011-3 (alk. paper) 1. Sociology—Methodology. 2. Sociology—Philosophy. I. Title. HM511.S34 2008 301.01—dc22 2007038628 www.mhhe.com sch80113_fm_i-xx.indd iv 10/17/07 12:48:08 PM  Contents Preface xi 1 Making Sense of the World Differently 1 Sociological Mindfulness 3 A Justification for Sociological Mindfulness 4 The Rarity of Sociological Mindfulness 6 A Continuing Conversation 7 Dialogue: Labels and Roots 9 A Note on Bias 13 Paths for Reflection 14 Related Readings 15 2 Inventing the Social World 16 What the Social World Is Made Of 17 Habits and Invisible Ideas 19 Confronting the Social World as Ready-Made 21 Making People Disappear 21 Inventing Categories and Inventing People 23 Inventing the Truth 25 How to See the Social World Being Made 26 Remaking the Social World 27 Dialogue: Overcoming the One-Dimensional View 30 v sch80113_fm_i-xx.indd v 10/12/07 5:20:24 PM vi Contents A Note on Common Sense 33 Paths for Reflection 34 Related Readings 35 3 Seeing Connections 36 Awareness of Unintended Consequences 38 Analyzing Moral Problems 40 Reading Indexes 42 Nonobvious Indexes 42 Social Organization as an Index 44 Connections to the Past 46 Deepening the Present 47 Dialogue: Little Things and Big Things 49 A Note on the Future 52 Paths for Reflection 53 Related Readings 54 4 Relationships, Groups, and Interdependence 56 Beyond Individualism 58 Mindfulne

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