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The Student's Companion to Sociology

Chris Middleton (Editor), Chet Ballard (Editor), Jon Gubbay (Editor)
ISBN: 978-0-631-19947-2
416 pages
July 1997, ©1997, Wiley-Blackwell
The Student
This superlative Companion provides a comprehensive and up-to-date guide to the discipline of Sociology.
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Part I: Sociology: Engaging with the Social World.

Part II: Sociology and its Traditions: The Distinctive Character of Sociology.

Part III: Contemporary Sociological Engagement: Social Issues.

Part IV: Doing Sociology: Study and Research: Active Reading.

Part V: Directory and Resources.

Part VI: What Next?: Advice on Employment and Further Study.

Postscript: Potentials and Predicaments: The Editors.

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Chet Ballard is Professor of Sociology at Valdosta State University in Valdosta, Georgia. He has served as president of the Georgia Sociological Association, vice-president of the Association for Humanist Sociology, and has produced over 20 scholarly articles and research reports. His most recent research describes how rural public school systems in Georgia are employing technology in efforts to prevent school violence.

Jon Gubbay is Lecturer in Sociology at the University of East Anglia. He has a wide range of research interests including the sociology of higher education curricula, housing satisfaction, research methods and class analysis. He is the author, with Rosemary Crompton, of Economy and Class Structure.

Chris Middleton lectures in sociology at the University of Sheffield, UK. He has written widely on the sociological history of class and gender and, more recently, on teaching in higher education.He is the principal editor of The Sociology Teaching Handbook, a sourcebook produced collaboratively by and for university teachers with the support of the British Sociological Association.
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  • Encourages a broader perspective on the learning experience and develops a questioning approach
  • Stimulates students' interest in sociology by emphasizing how the discipline engages with the real world - both students and teachers will respond to the contemporaneity of its themes, issues and problems
  • Places emphasis on transferable skills.
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