Sociology Themes and Perspectives (Paperback)
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DescriptionSociology 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
- Published: 08 February 2008
- Format: Paperback 960 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780007245956 ISBN 10: 0007245955
- Sales rank: 46,032
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Reviews for Sociology Themes and Perspectives
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. by Jennifer Badham