Sociology Themes and Perspectives

Sociology Themes and Perspectives

Book rating: 05 Paperback Haralambos and Holborn

By (author) Michael Haralambos, By (author) Martin Holborn

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  • Publisher: Collins Educational
  • Format: Paperback | 960 pages
  • Dimensions: 149mm x 214mm x 19mm | 358g
  • Publication date: 8 February 2008
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0007245955
  • ISBN 13: 9780007245956
  • Edition: 7, Revised
  • Edition statement: 7th Revised edition
  • Illustrations note: 75 b/w illus, With index
  • Sales rank: 57,340

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Sociology Themes and Perspectives is a favourite with students and teachers, selling over a million copies world-wide over 25 years. This seventh edition has been fully updated to give all the detail and depth needed to get students the best grades and prepare teachers for teaching. The new edition of this essential resource will enable you to: - Deliver new and completely up-to-date sociological teaching, with the latest research, empirical studies and theoretical developments - Match the specification with confidence with new added material for AQA and a completely new chapter on Age for the OCR specification - Give your students the best chance of getting the top marks in their exams, through informative, clear and concise explanations of all sociological concepts and theories - Raise standards and engagement in the subject with an easy-to-follow format that makes understanding sociology easier for all your students

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Author information

Mike Haralambos wrote the first edition of Sociology Themes and Perspectives while a lecturer at Preston College in the late 1970s. Following the phenomenal success of the book he founded Causeway Press. He is involved in writing and editing for Social Sciences and is an active member of ATSS. Martin Holborn has authored the last three editions of Sociology Themes and Perspectives as well as co-authoring the recent Student Handbook. He is Senior Lecturer in Sociology and Criminology at Preston College and as active member of the ATSS.

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By Jennifer Badham 02 Jan 2011 5

Overall, an excellent reference. The authors have presented a wide selection of theoretical approaches to important issues and empirical studies. It is a little heavy going in places but that reflects my lesser interest in some issues. Each chapter generally includes discussion of the relevant issues from several theoretical perspectives and some major studies. In addition to discussion of the published studies, it also uses British offical statistics and institutional history to provide context where relevant. The statistics are fine, but some of the institutional descriptions (eg how the education system works) may be difficult for international readers.

I found the variety of viewpoints to be particularly valuable. Where a particular viewpoint has been substantially criticised, the authors report a criticism of that viewpoint rather than imposing their own voice and interpretation. I personally found this restraint frustrating to some extent as I felt some perspectives were clearly weaker than others, but it does contribute to the book?s balance. The text has an encyclopedic feel, of a collection of not clearly related elements, rather than a sustained argument. This is consistent with the purpose of the book, but I would have preferred some comparison, perhaps using longer end of chapter summaries.

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"Excellent, got me to university and through it ... It was an easy read, explained the concepts in very simple terms and illustrated debate with clarity, whilst remaining a readable reference book ... it was so good that I loaned my copy out and it was never returned..." Review by an Access student on "This book has been of great help to me during my first year at Greenwich University where I am studying a B.A. in Childhood Studies, especially the chapters on the family and education. I will be buying the new edition of this soon. It is definitely worth the money." Review by an undergraduate student on "Continuing in the tradition of the 'blue bible', this book is so excellent simply because it is so comprehensive. An excellent all-round summary of sociology." Review by Mark Kirby, AS/A-level teacher and author, on