April 11, 2002

Sociology Expert Writes on College and Society

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Stephen Sweet, associate director of the Cornell Employment and Family Careers Institute, recently made the study of sociology easier for college students. His new book, College and Society: An Introduction to the Sociological Imagination (Allyn and Bacon, 2001) explores college life in relation to society at large.


Sweet approached his research by studying colleges and universities nationwide to interpret principles of sociology and make them more accessible to students.

According to Sweet, his inspiration to write the 150-page paperback came from years of teaching students. Before coming to Cornell in 1999, he was an assistant professor at the State University of New York at Potsdam for five years. He said that both his experience at Potsdam and at Cornell have helped him realize that the elements of society can be found in a college.

“If you want to understand society, you don’t have to look at India or IBM, you can just look within campus walls,” said Sweet.