Sociology

Sociology

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The sixth edition of Anthony Giddens' "Sociology" is the best yet. Revised and updated throughout, it provides an authoritative overview of recent global developments and new ideas in sociology. Classic debates are also given careful coverage, with even the most complex ideas explained in an engaging way. Written in a fluent, easy-to-follow style, the book manages to be intellectually rigorous but still very accessible. It aims to engage and excite readers, helping them to see the value of thinking sociologically.The sixth edition includes: substantive new material on education, media, social theory, inequalities, politics and government, and a whole new chapter on war and terrorism; further revisions and updating in all the chapters; a strong focus on global sociology, and the sociological imagination; new 'classic studies' boxes, which examine in detail influential empirical research; additional 'thinking critically' sections woven through the text, to stimulate students' own insights; specially chosen, and eye-catching photographs, which capture the everyday drama of the social world. A best-selling textbook for more than 20 years, the sixth edition sets the standard for introductory sociology. It is the ideal teaching text for first-year University and college courses, and will help to inspire a new generation of sociologists.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 1000 pages
  • Polity Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • 6th Revised edition
  • Illustrations (some col.)
  • 0745643574
  • 9780745643571

About Anthony Giddens

Anthony Giddens is Former Director of the London School of Economics. Revised by Phillip W. Sutton.show more

Table of contents

Contents * Preface to the sixth edition * Acknowledgements * About this book * Organization of the book 1. What is Sociology? 2. Asking and Answering Sociological Questions 3. Theories and Perspectives in Sociology 4. Globalization and the Changing World 5. The Environment 6. Cities and Urban Life 7. Social Interaction and Everyday Life 8. The Life-Course 9. Families and Intimate Relationships 10. Health, Illness and Disability 11. Stratification and Class 12. Poverty, Social Exclusion and Welfare 13. Global Inequality 14. Sexuality and Gender 15. 'Race', Ethnicity and Migration 16. Religion 17. The Media 18. Organizations and Networks 19. Education 20. Work and Economic Life 21. Crime and Deviance 22. Politics, Government and Social Movements 23. Nations, War and Terrorism * Glossary * References * Index .Detailed Contents * Preface to the sixth edition * Acknowledgements * About this book * Major themes * New features * Organization of the book 1. What is Sociology? * The sociological imagination * Studying people and society * The development of sociological thinking * Theories and theoretical perspectives * Founders of Sociology * Modern theoretical approaches * Theoretical thinking in sociology * Levels of analysis: microsociology and macrosociology * Why study sociology? * Summary points * Further reading * Internet links 2. Asking and Answering Sociological Questions * Human subjects and ethical problems * Sociological questions * Is sociology scientific? * The research process * Understanding cause and effect * Causation and correlation * Research methods * Ethnography * Surveys * Experiments * Biographical research * Comparative research * Historical analysis * Comparative-historical research * Sociological research in the real world * Restating the obvious? * The influence of sociology * Summary points * Further reading * Internet links 3. Theories and Perspectives in Sociology * Towards sociology * Positivism and social evolution * Karl Marx - the capitalist revolution * Establishing sociology * Emile Durkheim - the social level of reality * Max Weber - capitalism and religion * Theoretical dilemmas * Social structure and human action * Consensus or conflict? * The neglected issue of gender * The direction of social change * The transformation of societies - and sociology * Gender equality and feminist theory * Poststructuralism and postmodernity * Globalization, risk and the 'revenge' of nature * Conclusion * Summary points * Further reading * Internet links 4. Globalization and the Changing World * Types of society * A disappearing world: the fate of pre-modern societies * The modern world: the industrialized societies * Global development * Social change * Influences on social change * Change in the modern period * Globalization * Factors contributing to globalization * Contesting globalization * The impact of globalization * Conclusion: the need for global governance * Summary points * Further reading * Internet links 5. The Environment * Nature, the environment and sociology * Defining nature and the environment * Sociology and the environment * What are environmental issues? * Pollution and waste * Resource depletion * Genetic modification of food * Global warming * Sociological theories and ecological sustainability * Consumerism and environmental damage * Limits to growth and sustainable development * Living in the global 'risk society' * Ecological modernization * Environmental justice and ecological citizenship * Conclusion * Summary points * Further reading * Internet links 6. Cities and Urban Life * Theorizing urbanism * The Chicago School * Urbanism and the created environment * Evaluation * The development of the city * Cities in traditional societies * Industrialization and urbanization * The development of the modern city * Urban trends in the developed world * Urbanization in the developing world * Cities and globalization * Global cities * Inequality in the global city * Governing cities in a global age * Conclusion: cities and global governance * Summary points * Further reading * Internet links 7. Social Interaction and Everyday Life * Why study daily life? * Non-verbal communication * The human face, gestures and emotions * Gender and the body * Embodiment and identities * The social rules of interaction * Shared understandings * Garfinkel's experiments 'Interactional vandalism' * Response cries * Face, body and speech in interaction * Encounters * Impression management * Personal space * Interaction in time and space * Clock time * The ordering of space and time * Everyday life in cultural and historical perspective * The social construction of reality? * Social interaction in cyberspace * Conclusion: the compulsion of proximity * Summary points * Further reading * Internet links 8. The Life-Course * Culture, society and child socialization * Theories of child development * Agencies of socialization * Gender socialization * Reactions of parents and adults * Gender learning * Storybooks and television * The sociological debate * The lifecourse * Childhood * The teenager and youth culture * Young adulthood * Mature adulthood * Later life * Ageing * The greying of human societies * How do people age? * Growing old: competing sociological explanations * Aspects of ageing * The politics of ageing * Death, dying and bereavement * The sociology of death * Theorizing death in modern societies * Recent developments * Summary points * Further reading * Internet links 9. Families and Intimate Relationships * Basic concepts * The family in historical context * The development of family life * The way we never were? Myths of the traditional family * Families in global context * Families and intimate relationships * Development and diversity in family patterns * Inequality within the family * Intimate violence * Divorce and separation * Changing attitudes to family life * New partnerships, step-families and kin relations * Alternatives to traditional marriage and family life * Theoretical perspectives on families and relationships * Functionalism * Feminist approaches * Theorizing the transformation of love and intimacy * Conclusion: the debate about family values * Summary points * Further reading * Internet links 10. Health, Illness and Disability * Sociology of the body * The sociology of health and illness * Sociological perspectives on medicine * Medicine and health in a changing world * HIV and AIDS in global perspective * Sociological perspectives on health and illness * The social basis of health * Class and health * Gender and health * Ethnicity and health * Health and social cohesion * The sociology of disability * The individual model of disability * The social model of disability * Disability around the world * Summary points * Further reading * Internet links 11. Stratification and Class * Systems of stratification * Slavery * Caste * Estates * Class * Theories of class and stratification * Karl Marx's theory of class conflict * Max Weber: class, status and party * Erik Olin Wright's theory of class * Measuring class * John Goldthorpe: social class and occupation * Evaluating Goldthorpe's class scheme * Contemporary class divisions in the developed world * The question of the upper class * The growing middle class * The changing working class * Is there an underclass? * Class and lifestyles * Gender and stratification * Social mobility * Comparative mobility studies * Downward mobility * Social mobility in Britain * Conclusion: the continuing significance of social class * Summary points * Further reading * Internet links 12. Poverty, Social Exclusion and Welfare * Poverty * What is poverty? * Measuring poverty * Who are the poor? * Explaining poverty * Poverty and social mobility * Social exclusion * What is social exclusion? * Examples of social exclusion * Crime and social exclusion * The welfare state * Theories of the welfare state * The welfare state in the UK * Poverty and welfare in a changing world * Summary points * Further reading * Internet links 13. Global Inequality * Global economic inequality * High-income countries * Middle-income countries * Low-income countries * Is global economic inequality increasing? * Unequal life-chances * Health * Hunger, malnutrition and famine * Education, literacy and child labour * Can poor countries become rich? * Theories of development * Evaluating theories of development * International organizations and global inequality * Global economic inequality in a changing world * World population growth and global inequality * Population analysis: demography * Dynamics of population change * The demographic transition * The prospects for twenty-first century equality * Summary points * Further reading * Internet links 14. Sexuality and Gender * Human sexuality * Biology and sexual behaviour * Forms of sexuality * Sexual orientation * Sexuality, religion and morality * Homosexuality * Researching sexuality * Prostitution and 'sex work' * Prostitution * Sex work * The global sex industry * Gender * Gender and biology: natural differences? * Gender socialization * Reproductive technologies * The social construction of gender and sex * Masculinities and gender relations * The gender order * Theories of gender inequality * Functionalist approaches * Feminist approaches * Women's movements * Gender and globalization * Summary points * Further reading * Internet links 15. 'Race', Ethnicity and Migration * Key concepts 'Race' * Ethnicity * Minority groups * Prejudice and discrimination * What is racism? 'Old' and 'new' forms of racism * Sociological theories of racism * Ethnic integration, conflict and diversity * Models of ethnic integration * Ethnic conflict * Ethnic diversity * Ethnic minorities in labour markets * Housing * The criminal justice system * Migration in a global age * Migration and the decline of empire: Britain since the 1960s * Migration and the European Union * Migration and ethnic relations * Globalization and migration * Global diasporas * Conclusion * Summary points * Further reading * Internet links 16. Religion * The sociological study of religion * What is religion? * Religion in classical sociological theory * Religions in the real world * Totemism and animism * Judaism, Christianity and Islam * The religions of the Far East * Religious organizations * Christianity, gender and sexuality * Secularization and religious revival * Secularization * Religion in Europe * Religion in the United States * Evaluating the secularization thesis * Religious fundamentalism * Conclusion * Summary points * Further reading * Internet links 17. The Media * Media in a global age * Internet and World Wide Web * Film * Television * Music * Newspapers * Theorizing the media * Functionalism * Conflict theories * Symbolic interactionism * Postmodern theory * Audiences and media representations * Audience studies * Representing class, gender, ethnicity and disability * Controlling the global media * Media Imperialism? * Ownership of media 'supercompanies' * Political control * Resistance and alternatives to the global media * Conclusion * Summary points * Further reading * Internet links 18. Organizations and Networks * Organizations * Organizations as bureaucracies * The physical setting of organizations * Transnational organizations * Economic organizations * Beyond bureaucracy * Organizational change: the Japanese model * Transforming management practices * Studying management practices * The study of networks * Networks and information technology * Social capital: the ties that bind * New social ties? * Conclusion * Summary points * Further reading * Internet links 19. Education * Theorizing the significance of education * Education as socialization * Schooling for capitalism * The hidden curriculum * Education and cultural reproduction * Social divisions and education * The IQ debate in education * Gender and schooling * Ethnicity and education * Education in global context * Global primary school enrolment * Literacy and illiteracy * The changing face of education * Technology in the classroom * E-universities * The future of education * Conclusion * Summary points * Further reading * Internet links 20. Work and Economic Life * What is work? * Transforming the social organization of work * Taylorism and Fordism * Globalization and Post-Fordism * The changing nature of work and working * Trade unionism in decline? * Gender and the 'feminization of work' * Changes in the domestic division of labour * Automation and the 'skills' debate * Job insecurity, unemployment and the significance of work The social significance of work * The rise in job insecurity * Unemployment * Conclusion: the 'corrosion of character'? * Summary points * Further reading * Internet links 21. Crime and Deviance * The basic concepts * Explaining crime and deviance: sociological theories * Functionalist theories * Interactionist theory * Conflict theories and the 'new criminology' * Control theories * Theoretical conclusions * Patterns of crime in the United Kingdom * Crime and crime statistics * Victims and perpetrators of crime * Gender, sexuality and crime * Youth and crime * White-collar crime * Crime in global context * Organized crime * Cybercrime * Prisons and Punishment * Conclusion: deviance, crime and social order * Summary Points * Further Reading * Internet Links 22. Politics, Government and Social Movements * Basic concepts in political sociology * Politics, government and the state * Power * Authoritarianism and democracy * The global spread of democracy * The fall of Communism * Democratization and it discontents * Old and new party politics * Global governance * Social movements and social change * What are social movements? * Theories of social movements * Globalization and the social movement society * Conclusion * Summary points * Further reading * Internet links 23. Nations, War and Terrorism * Nations and nationalism * Nationalism and modern society * Nations without states * National minorities and the European Union * Nations and nationalism in developing countries * The nation-state, national identities and globalization * Human conflict, war and genocide * Theorizing war and genocide * The changing nature of war * Old and new wars * Terrorism * What is terrorism? * Old and new terrorism * War and terrorism in a global age * Summary points * Further reading * Internet links * References * Glossary * Indexshow more

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Selected endorsements for previous edition: "With this new edition of Sociology, Anthony Giddens has done the seemingly impossible. He has lifted the best introductory text in sociology in the world to yet a further level of excellence. It is a great achievement." Ulrich Beck, The London School of Economics "There's no one on the planet with such a refined grasp of the practical and political significance of sociology as Anthony Giddens. This new edition of his best-selling textbook is his best yet." Anthony Elliott, University of Kent at Canterburyshow more

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