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Chapter 0: Introduction to sociology 2e

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About this book

Welcome to Introduction to Sociology 2e , an OpenStax resource created with several goals in mind: accessibility, affordability, customization, and student engagement—all while encouraging learners toward high levels of learning. Instructors and students alike will find that this textbook offers a strong foundation in sociology. It is available for free online and in low-cost print and e-book editions.

To broaden access and encourage community curation, Introduction to Sociology 2e is “open source” licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) license. Everyone is invited to submit examples, emerging research, and other feedback to enhance and strengthen the material and keep it current and relevant for today’s students. You can make suggestions by contacting us at

To the student

This book is written for you and is based on the teaching and research experience of numerous sociologists. In today’s global socially networked world, the topic of sociology is more relevant than ever before. We hope that through this book, you will learn how simple, everyday human actions and interactions can change the world. In this book, you will find applications of sociology concepts that are relevant, current, and balanced.

To the instructor

This text is intended for a one-semester introductory course. Since current events influence our social perspectives and the field of sociology in general, OpenStax encourages instructors to keep this book fresh by sending in your up-to-date examples to so that students and instructors around the country can relate and engage in fruitful discussions.

General approach

Introduction to Sociology 2e adheres to the scope and sequence of a typical introductory sociology course. In addition to comprehensive coverage of core concepts, foundational scholars, and emerging theories we have incorporated section reviews with engaging questions, discussions that help students apply the sociological imagination, and features that draw learners into the discipline in meaningful ways. Although this text can be modified and reorganized to suit your needs, the standard version is organized so that topics are introduced conceptually, with relevant, everyday experiences.

Changes to the second edition

Part of the mission of the second edition update was to ensure the research, examples and concepts used in this textbook are current and relevant to today’s student. To this end, we have rewritten the introduction of each chapter to reflect the latest developments in sociology, history and global culture. In addition to new graphs and images, the reader of the second edition will find new feature boxes on a diverse array of topics, which has been one of the goals of the update—bringing the world into greater focus through case studies on global culture.

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Question: UTAS SIS safety responsibilities are: (select all that are true)


Provide a safe work place

Provide bottled water to all employess

Train employees on how to protect themselves

Fire employees who do not work safely

Provide the proper tools and protective equipment

Question: A toxic material:


is past it's feshen date

is highly flammable

Can cause harmful effects

Does not exist in nature; it is man-made

Question: Which route of exposure is most likely to happen at work ?


Absorb through the skin

Audially (hearing it)

Absorb through eye contact

Inhaling (breathing it in)

Question: You would most likely have acute effects if you:


Smoke a pack of cigarettes a day for 10 years

Use saccharin in your coffee for 20 years

Drink 5 Margaritas during happy hour

Remove asbestos from old buildings for three years

Question: A material is hazardous if it:


Is not in a labeled container

Is toxic to humans

Was manufactured in China

Is likely to cause harm

Question: Which one is NOT a good way to reduce your chemical exposure?


Ask somone else to handle the chemicals instead of you

Use adequate ventilation

Wear appropriate personal protective equipment

Follow the directions on the label

Question: Your safety responsibilities as an employee are: (select all that are true)


Use appropriate personl protective equipment

Remind co-workers to work safely

Know the hazards of the chemicals with which you work

Memorize all the MSDS's/SDS's for chemicals you use

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