Sociology: Exploring the Architecture of Everyday Life, Brief

Welcome to the SAGE edge site for Sociology, Brief, Sixth Edition.

The SAGE edge site for Sociology by David M. Newman offers a robust online environment you can access anytime, anywhere, and features an impressive array of free tools and resources to keep you on the cutting edge of your learning experience.


This new Brief Sixth Edition of David Newman’s text is the streamlined version of Sociology: Exploring the Architecture of Everyday Life with the same goal: to be a textbook that, in the author’s words, "reads like a real book."

Newman shows how to see the “unfamiliar in the familiar”—to step back and see organization and predictability in our taken-for-granted personal experiences. He uses the metaphors of “architecture” and “construction” to help us understand that society is not something that exists “out there,” independently of ourselves; rather, it is a human creation that is planned, maintained, or altered by individuals. Instead of surveying every subfield in sociology, this text focuses on the structural features of society, the social construction of the self and identity, and social inequality in the context of social institutions.


We gratefully acknowledge David M. Newman for writing an excellent text. Special thanks are also due to Jamie Chapman of Westminster College for developing the ancillaries on this site.