Books: Globalization & Introduction to Statistics
Globalization by Frank J. Lechner
Written in a lively and accessible style, this book shows how globalization affects everyday experience, creates new institutions, and presents new challenges.
With many examples, Lechner describes how the process unfolds in a wide range of fields, from sports and media to law and religion. While sketching the outlines of a world society in the making, the book also demonstrates that globalization is inherently diverse and contentious. In this concise analysis of a complex subject, Lechner presents some of the best work in the social sciences in clear and readable fashion.
Introduction to Social Statistics
The Logic of Statistical Reasoning
by Thomas Dietz & Linda Kalof
Why are some countries more likely than others to participate in environmental treaties? Why do some people feel animals have rights while others feel animals can be treated as objects? Why do some US states have high homicide rates while in others the occurrence of a homicide is very rare?
With a relaxed and conversational writing style, ongoing examples, and complete exercises, this book shows how quantitative methods can help us to understand social questions and contemporary issues. The book focuses on three strategies to help students master statistics: use of models throughout; repetition with variation to underpin pedagogy; and emphasis on the tools most commonly used in contemporary research.