This best-selling textbook returns for a 7th edition with material on the most fundamental and fascinating issues in sociology today. The authors continue their tradition of focusing on the big picture, with an emphasis on race, class and gender in every chapter. The text continues to frame sociological debates around the major theoretical perspectives of sociology and on capturing students' imaginations with cutting edge research and real-world events. The hallmark of the book continues to be clear writing that helps students understand the intricacies of the discipline like no other textbook on the market. ãNEW TO THE SEVENTH EDITION:ã*Expanded focus on new social movements such as Black Lives Matter, Occupy Wall Street and the Tea Partyã*Updates on both the 2012 and 2016 elections. ã*New discussions of Donald Trump and the immigration debate; causes and consequences.ã*New discussions of "Patriot" Movements, racism and the reaction to the first African American president. ã*Expanded coverageã of sexual orientation and LGBT Issues. ã*Updates on gay rights and the historic legalization of same sex marriage. ã*New sections on cyber life discussion issues such as cyber bullying and public shaming; Wikileaks, Edward Snowden and NSA spying; sexting and youth culture; the Arab Spring and social media activism.ã*New coverage of the so-called "He-cession" and the rise of women managers (who employers still see as risky but increasingly as highly talented). ã*Updates on healthcare reform, five years on and the efforts to repeal and replace "Obamacare."ã*Expanded coverage of mass shootings and the corresponding policy debates.. ã*Expanded coverage and new focus on police-involved shootings and gun control in the Deviance, Crime and Social Control chapter.ãã*New discussions of the sociology of finance including the role of financial derivatives in the 2008 global financial crisis.ã*New photos and updated tables and figures appear throughout the text.