Sociology : Introductory Readings

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This is a thoroughly revised and updated edition of the best--selling introductory reader in sociology. The book offers a comprehensive, yet challenging, set of readings for students approaching the study of sociology for the first time. A strong emphasis has been placed upon readability and liveliness. The volume includes contributions from newspapers and weekly periodicals as well as extracts from academic journals and books. It is designed as a companion to the fourth edition of Giddensa Sociology but can also be used independently, or alongside other textbooks. The book maintains the distinctive approach which Sociology pioneered. It is strongly comparative and stresses the influence of globalizing trends in social life. The readings range from studies of face--to--face interaction through to the analysis of large--scale global systems. There are many new selections in this volume including those on the internet, the information revolution, poverty, social exclusion and ecological problems. The readings are broken up into sections and each section is preceded by a summary of the content in order to facilitate the studentsa comprehension.
The introductory material has been written or updated by Anthony Giddens. The result is a text that is both wide ranging and exceptionally easy to follow. Sociology: Introductory Readings will be an essential resource for anyone who wishes to acquire a basic understanding of the scope of sociological thought today.
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  • Hardback | 432 pages
  • 196 x 253 x 31mm | 1,072g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • 0
  • 0745624391
  • 9780745624396

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"It will attract and engage students. It will give them a sound preparation for further study whether beyond A--level or beyond the first year of their degrees." Times Higher Education Supplement
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Table of contents

* What is Sociology?. "The Scope of Sociology" Anthony Giddens. "The Sociological Imagination and the Promise of Sociology" C. Wright Mills. "Thinking Sociologically" Zygmunt Bauman. 2. Culture and Society. What is Culture? Rosamund Billington. "The Proper Study of Mankind" The Economist. "The Internet in the Middle East and North Africa" Human Rights Watch. 3. A Changing World. The McDonaldization of Society George Ritzer. "Beyond the Information Revolution" Peter F. Drucker. "Globalization" David Held, Tony McGrew & Jonathan Perraton. 4. Social Interaction and Everyday Life. "The Structure of Face Engagements" Erving Goffman. "Social Interaction and Everyday Life" Erving Goffman. "Embarrassment and Interactional Organization" Christian Heath. "Time, Habit and Repetition in Day--to--Day Life" Michael Young. 5. Gender and Sexuality. "Explaining Gender and Gender Inequalities" Jane Pilcher. "Lesbians at home" Gillian A. Dunne. "What do we mean when we talk about the body and Sexuality?" Jeffrey Weeks. "A Self--Made Man" Paul Hewitt & Jane Warren. "The Male Dodo: Are Men Necessary?" The Economist. 6. Sociology of the Body: Health, Illness and Ageing. "A Sociology of a Fringea Medicine: A Healthy Alternative" Stephen Hunt & Nikki Lightly. "The Sociology of Health and Illness" Sarah Nettleton. "Patenting Life" Jeremy Rifkin. "Sickness and Health in Pre--Modern England" Roy and Dorothy Porter. 7. Families. "Constructing Post--divorce childhoods" Carol Smart & Bren Neale. "The Normal Chaos of Love" Ulrich Beck & Elisabeth Beck--Gernsheim. "Home Sweet Home" The Economist. "On Friendship" Ray Pahl. 8. Crime and Deviance. "A Sociology of Hackers" Tim Jordan & Paul Taylor. "Electronic Policing" Richard Ericson & Kevin Haggerty. "Gang Babes Love to Kill" Ruaridh Nicoll. "Surviving in a Womena s Prison" Josie Oa Dwyer & Pat Carlen. 9. Race, Ethnicity and Migration. "In Defence of the Nation" Anthony D. Smith. "The Development of Ethnic Awareness and Identification" Frances Aboud. "There Aina t No Black in the Union Jack" Paul Gilroy. "Europe Needs More Immigrants" The Economist. 10. Class, Stratification and Inequality. "Are Social classes dying?" Terry Nicholls Clark & Seymour Martin Lipset. "Marx and Weber on Class" Anthony Giddens. "Capitalism without Classes" Andy Furlong & Fred Cartmel. "Haves and Have--Nots: How to Overcome the Digital Divide" The Economist. 11. Poverty, Welfare and Social Exclusion. "Rethinking Poverty in Globalized Conditions" Laura Buffoni. "When Work Disappears: new implications for race and urban poverty in the global economy" William Julius Wilson. "Privatising Peace of Mind" The Economist. "Global Inequality" Martin Dickson. 12. Modern Organizations. "Though Upbeat on the Economy, People Still Fear For Their Jobs" Steve Lohr. "The Virtual Organization" William H. Dutton. 13. Work and Economic Life. "New Ways of Working and Living" Nick Jewson & Alan Felstead. "Youa ve Got to Go With the Flow: The Changing Nature of Jobs" Chris Brewster. "Information Technology and the a Information Societya " David Lyon. 14. Government and Politics. "What is Democracy?" David Beetham & Kevin Boyle. "Nations and Nationalism" Ernest Gellner. "Are Political Parties Empty Vessels?" The Economist. "Globalizing Democracy" Benjamin R. Barber. 15. Mass Media and Communications. "Tune in, Log on: Soaps, Fandom and Online Community" Nancy K. Baym. "The Internet and Society" James Slevin. "Mass Communication, Symbolic Goods and Media Products" John B Thompson. 16. Education. "Gender Differences in Education" Eirene Mitsos & Ken Browne. "Dossing Blagging and Wagging: Countercultural Groups in the School Environment" Paul E. Willis. "Globalization and Concurrent Challenges for Higher Education" Jan Sadlak. 17. Religion. "Secularisation: Now You See It, Now You Dona t" Malcolm Hamilton. "Islam in the age of postmodernity" Akbar Ahmed & Hastings Donnan. "And the World Was All Male" Andrew Brown. 18. Cities and Urban Spaces. "Urban Disasters and Megacities in a Risk Society" Tom Horlick--Jones. "Poor Areas and Social Exclusion" Anne Power. 19. Population Growth and Ecological Crisis. "Risk Environment and Modernity" Scott Lash & Bronislaw Szerszynski & Brian Wynne. Factor Four: Doubling Wealth -- Halving Resource Use Ernst von Weizsacker & Amory B. Lovins & L Hunter Lovins. "The Effects of Migrants in the Labour Market" The Economist. 20. Sociological Research Methods. "Sociologists in White Coats: Experiments in Sociology" Mike Moores. "The Value of the Survey Method" Catherine Marsh. "The Human Element in Field Work" Robert A. Georges & Michael O. Jones. "Absolute and Relative Poverty in Britain" Joanna Mack & Stewart Lansley. "Conversation Analysis" John Heritage. 21. Theoretical Thinking in Sociology. "Sociology and the Explanation of Human Behaviour" Anthony Giddens. "Risk Society: Towards a New Modernity" Ulrich Beck. "Introduction to Habermas" David Held. Acknowledgements. Index
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About Anthony Giddens

Anthony Giddens is Director of the London School of Economics and Political Science. He was formerly Professor of Sociology and Fellow of Kinga s College at the University of Cambridge.
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