Exploring Social Issues: Using SPSS for Windows

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Joseph F. Healey, John Boli, Earl R. Babbie, Fred Halley
Pine Forge Press, Feb 10, 2009 - Social Science - 356 pages
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A hands-on introduction to the craft of social research for Introductory Sociology courses, Exploring Social Issues: Using SPSS for Windows, Third Edition puts students in the role of active researchers as they test their own ideas about topics such as divorce, abortion, crime, inequality, prejudice, and television violence using SPSS, the pre-eminent software program in the social sciences.

This Third Edition uses updated General Social Survey (GSS) data sets and offers a robust SPSS primer in an appendix. The book is available in two formats: as a stand-alone text, or bundled with SPSS (Student Version).

Key Features
  • Stresses active and collaborative learning as students engage in a series of investigative explorations of social issues
  • Shows students how analyzing data from the General Social Survey, a major national research program, can help them better understand compelling social issues
  • Teaches students how to use SPSS as they analyze GSS data on a random sample of the population
  • Guides students step-by-step through exercises that have been designed for those with no background in SPSS
  • Includes research reports that follow a standardized fill-in-the-blank format for analyzing and presenting results, but with space left for students to summarize their results in their own words

Exploring Social Issues: Using SPSS for Windows, Third Edition can be effectively used in Introductory Sociology or other undergraduate sociology courses and may be used in conjunction with most of the standard textbooks in the field. The text is ideal for courses where the professor also wants to introduce students to doing social research and using SPSS.


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Social Research Data Sets and Frequency Distributions
The Scientific Method
Chapter 3 Describing the Sample Types of Variables and Data Sets
What Do Americans Value?
Attitudes About Abortion
What Kinds of Children Do Americans Want?
Fear Law Enforcement and Punishment
Chapter 8 Inequality and Social Class in the United States
Chapter 10 Inequality and Race
Forms and Functions
Support for Civil Liberties Presidential Choice and the Gender Gap
Codebooks for All Data Sets
SPSS Commands Used in This Text
Answers to Selected Exercises
Glossary of Key Concepts

Chapter 9 Inequality and Gender

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______ is/is _______ less than/more ________ weak/moderate/strong ___________________________________________________________________________________ DATE ____________________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________ INSTRUCTOR ___________________________________________________________________________________ ABINDEX abortion arrow pointing Asian Americans bivariate tables blanks as necessary Click Continue Click OK Click the arrow Command Block common words control variable Crosstabs procedure dialog box divorce enter the values Exhibit FEAR fill following summary table frequency distribution gamma indicates gender groups GSS-2006-tabular data set Highlight the name income INCOME06 increases/decreases INDEPENDENT PROJECT inequality INSTRUCTOR ___________________________________________________________________________________ DATE less than/more than).05 line charts multivariate analysis NAME ___________________________________________________________________________________________ INSTRUCTOR Pearson’s percentage of respondents positive/negative prejudice premarital sex PRESTG80 RACDIF2 RACEETH racial religiosity religious RELITEN scatterplot scores second independent variable selected sexism sign of gamma significance of chi-square social class SPSS name SPSS variable names statistically significant Summarize support for spanking Test value of Cramer’s value of gamma variable is numerical variable measures white Americans women

About the author (2009)

Joseph F. Healey is Professor Emeritus of Sociology at Christopher Newport University in Virginia. He received his PhD in sociology and anthropology from the University of Virginia. An innovative and experienced teacher of numerous race and ethnicity courses, he has written articles on minority groups, the sociology of sport, social movements, and violence, and he is also the author of Statistics: A Tool for Social Research (10th ed., 2014).

John Boli, Emory University, is the author or co-author of six books and many articles and chapters on education, globalization, and political sociology, including The Globalization Reader (Blackwell,1999), Constructing World Culture (Stanford University Press,1999), Cream of the Crop (Basic Books, 1994) and Institutional Structure: Constituting State, Society, and the Individual (Sage, 1987).

Earl Babbie was born in Detroit, Michigan, in 1938, but his family chose to return to Vermont 3 months later, and he grew up there and in New Hampshire. In 1956, he set off for Harvard Yard, where he spent the next 4 years learning more than he initially planned. After 3 years with the U.S. Marine Corps, mostly in Asia, he began graduate studies at the University of California, Berkeley. He received his PhD from Berkeley in 1969. He taught sociology at the University of Hawaii from 1968 through 1979, took time off from teaching and research to write full time for 8 years, and then joined the faculty at Chapman University in Southern California in 1987. Although he is the author of several research articles and monographs, he is best known for the many texts he has written, which have been widely adopted in colleges throughout the United States and the world. He also has been active in the American Sociological Association for 25 years and currently serves on the ASA’s executive committee. He is also past president of the Pacific Sociological Association and California Sociological Association.

Fred Halley, Associate Professor Emeritus, SUNY-Brockport, received his bachelor’s degree in sociology and philosophy from Ashland College and his master’s and doctorate degrees from Case Western Reserve University and the University of Missouri, respectively. Since 1970, he has worked to bring both instructional and research computer applications into the undergraduate sociology curriculum. Halley has been recognized for his leadership in the instructional computing sections of the Eastern and Midwest Sociological Societies and the American Sociological Association. At Brockport, he served as a collegewide social science computing consultant and directed Brockport’s Institute for Social Science Research and the College’s Data Analysis Laboratory. Off campus, Halley directed and consulted on diverse community research projects that were used to establish urban magnet schools, evaluate a Head Start family service center, locate an expressway, and design a public transportation system for a rural county. Now residing in Rochester, New York, he plays an active role in a faith-based mentoring program for ex-offenders, and he volunteers for Micrecycle, an organization that refurbishes computers used by those on the other side of the computer divide in schools, daycares, youth centers, and other community organizations.

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