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You May Ask Yourself An Introduction to Thinking Like a Sociologist, 3rd Edition

The “untextbook” that teaches students to think like a sociologist.

You May Ask Yourself gives instructors an alternative to the typical textbook by emphasizing the “big ideas” of the discipline, and encouraging students to ask meaningful questions. Conley employs a “non-textbook” strategy of explaining complex concepts through personal examples and storytelling, and integrates coverage of social inequality throughout the text.


“For once, I was actually excited about reading a textbook. It seemed as if the author was talking directly to me at times.” (LaToya, social work major, SUNY Brockport)

“It was like reading magazines with images of my favorite actors and politicians. I loved looking at the book and reading it.” (Abigail, nursing major, Queensborough Community College)

“Honestly, I loved this book. It was so much more interesting that the other assigned readings, and reading You May Ask Yourself was the only assignment I always had done.” (Melissa, sociology major, University of Pennsylvania)

About the Author

Dalton Conley is Dean for the Social Sciences, as well as University Professor at New York University. He holds faculty appointments in NYU’s Sociology Department, School of Medicine, and the Wagner School of Public Service. In 2005, Conley became the first sociologist to win the prestigious National Science Foundation’s Alan T. Waterman Award, which honors an outstanding young U.S. scientist or engineer. He writes for the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, The Nation, Slate, and Forbes. He is the author of Honky (2001) and The Pecking Order: A Bold New Look at How Family and Society Determine Who We Become (2004). His other books include Being Black, Living in the Red: Race, Wealth, and Social Policy in America (1999), The Starting Gate: Birth Weight and Life Chances (2003), and Elsewhere, U.S.A. (2009).

I had to buy this for a Sociology 100 class. Although it’s a textbook, there are a lot of references to pop culture making the boring drudgery of learning a lot less painful.

Conley also has a sense of humor, something numerous other textbook authors lack. You can often find something to laugh about in each chapter – my personal favorite being a picture of The Onion’s mockery of Oprah (chapter 3).

Of all the sociology textbooks to read, this one may be the best.

I needed this for a class. My book made it here in good time with less wear and tear than I expected! The only damage to speak of are a few indentations and bends on the cover. 10/10 would buy again!
Everything was just as described. Book was a good choice my by professor to choose for class. The resale value is great on this book, if you try selling it privately after the semester.

Product Details :

  • Paperback: 840 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; Third Edition edition (February 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 039391299X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393912999
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7 x 1 inches

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