This is a core text that presents a balanced, unbiased treatment of the essential concepts for introductory sociology. All the perspectives are given equal treatment. This text has always been respected for its admirable author team, scholarship and brevity. There is an emphasis on the process of doing sociology and integrating material across chapters to show the intersection of concepts. Essentials of Sociology, 6th Edition promotes critical thinking and problem-solving skills, as well as the application of sociological theory to real-world issues.Brinkerhoff, David B. is the author of 'Essentials Of Sociology with Infotrac', published 2004 under ISBN 9780534626761 and ISBN 0534626769.