An Introduction to Sociology
This is an introductory textbook in sociology which assumes no previous knowledge of the subject. It is intended for all those studying introductory sociology courses, and is particularly geared to the GCSE Sociology courses.The book provides concise but thorough and comprehensive coverage of all the key areas of sociology covered at GCSE by the major examining boards. It includes chapters on social stratification and social class, poverty and the welfare state, gender and women, the mass media, politics, deviance and crime, the family and marriage, education, religion, work and leisure, population and research methods.Each chapter contains suggested activities to develop the skills and understanding of students, and coursework suggestions are included throughout. Important terms are highlighted in the text as they first appear, and are included in a comprehensive glossary. Chapter summaries outline the key points students should have learned after reading each chapter.
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- Paperback | 480 pages
- 170 x 242 x 28mm | 839.14g
- 01 Jun 1992
- Polity Press
- Oxford, United Kingdom
- 50 figures, 15 tables, 10 photographs, glossary, index
Table of contents
1. Introducing Sociology. 2. Reading Statistical Data. 3. Social Stratification. 4. Social Class in Modern Britain. 5. Wealth, Income and Poverty. 6. Gender Role Socialization. 7. Women. 8. Power and Politics. 9. The Mass Media. 10. Social Control, Deviance and Crime. 11. The Family and Marriage. 12. Schooling in Britain. 13. Inequality in Education. 14. Religion. 15. Work and Leisure. 16. Population. 17. Sociological Research. Glossary. Index.
"Ken Browne's text is an excellent introduction to sociology for students of all ages and aptitudes - clearly structured, well-organized and written in a way that is both informative and accessible. With the 4th edition, the best GCSE Sociology text just got even better..."Chris Livesey, Sociology Central "An excellent, informative and engaging introduction to sociology. This book just gets better and better. The clear layout allows the reader to access the material easily. The content is enhanced by useful web references making this a really valuable resource. Ken Browne asks the reader to see this book "as your friend": this is a friend that any new student of sociology would want to spend a lot of time with."Stuart Booker, Chesterfield College "In a world increasingly characterized by information overload, we are in ever more need of a guide who can separate the wheat from the chaff, who can show the difference between opinions and evidence, and perhaps most importantly indicate the ways in which research, when properly used by politicians and practitioners, can help to improve the lives of our fellow citizens. I am delighted once again to have the chance to recommend Ken Browne as just such a guide for anyone embarking upon the path to sociology."Laurie Taylor