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: Designed as a basic text for an introductory, interdisciplinary social science course. This text introduces students to central concepts in anthropology, sociology, economics, psychology, political science, and history. The text focuses these perspectives on a central integrative theme and interdisciplinary viewpoint-the nature and uses of power in society. POWER AND SOCIETY introduces students to some of the central challenges facing American society; for example, ideological conflict, racism and sexism, poverty and powerlessness, crime and violence, community problems, and international relations. Focusing on controversy stimulates students' interest and appreciation for social sciences.