Sociology: A Very Short Introduction

Sociology: A Very Short Introduction

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In this text the author reasserts the value of sociology as a social science, a way of understanding the human condition that grounds its explanations in reliable observations of the real world. Drawing on studies of social class, crime and deviance, work in bureaucracies, and changes in religious and political organizations, Bruce explores the tension between the individual's role in society and society's role in shaping the individual, and demonstrates the value of sociology as a perspective for understanding the modern world.show more

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  • Paperback | 144 pages
  • 124.46 x 190.5 x 10.16mm | 113.4g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford Paperbacks
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • halftones, line drawings, further reading
  • 0192853473
  • 9780192853479

Review Text

This series of short volumes cover the topics of Politics, Law, Islam and Music, among others. Each is an excellent introduction to an enormous subject and goes far beyond 'bluff your way in...'. They are thoughtfully written and point the way to further understanding. In Sociology, Bruce asserts the value of the subject as a way of understanding the modern world. (Kirkus UK)show more

Table of contents

1. The Status of Sociology; 2. Social Constructions; 3. Causes and Consequences; 4. The Modern World; 5. The Imposters.show more

About Steve Bruce

Steve Bruce is Professor of Sociology at the University of Aberdeen. He is a frequent contributor to the Herald (Scotland), and is the author of Religion in the Modern World, The Edge of the Union: The Ulster Loyalist Political Vision, and Conservative Protestant Politics.show more

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