ISBN: 978-0-745-66182-7 June 2015 Polity 720 Pages
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Contemporary Sociology is an introductory textbook with angles and arguments.
Responding to the need for a different kind of introductory textbook, it provides more focused, in-depth explorations of the most exciting and contemporary aspects of sociology.
The 21 chapters, written by leading experts in each field, offer a thought-provoking portrait of sociology. Each chapter tackles key issues at the centre of contemporary sociological research in an exceptionally clear, engaging and relevant way, focusing on critical approaches and analyses.
The book includes:
- A strong focus on making sociological thinking relevant to the contemporary world
- Illustrative examples and analysis of recent real-world events
- Coverage of all major sociological topics of continuing or emerging interest, from class, ethnicity and global social change to human rights, the environment, and science and technology
- Carefully thought-out questions and further readings to probe understanding and encourage critical thinking
- Additional, regularly updated online resources
Contemporary Sociology is a serious yet accessible text and should be required reading for both new and more advanced undergraduates. It will fire students’ imaginations to explore the latest dynamics driving the study of our social world.
Table of contents
SECTION A: SOCIAL DIVISIONS
1 The Idea of Class: a measure of value
2 Sex, Gender and Sexuality: the case for critical analysis
3 Race, Ethnicity and Nationality: the future of multiculturalism in a global age
4 Age and the Life Course: continuity, change and the modern mirage of infinite choice
SECTION B: OPPORTUNITIES AND INEQUALITIES
5 Work: experience, identities and meanings
6 Health, Illness and the Body: what lies beneath
Graham Scambler and Sasha Scambler
7 Education: beyond meritocracy and reproduction
8 Poverty and the Welfare State: economic, social and political intersections
SECTION C: GLOBALIZATION AND SOCIAL CHANGE
9 Globalization: experiencing social change on a global scale
10 The Environment: sociology at its (natural) limits
Philip W. Sutton
11 Science, Technology and Social Change: knowledge, expertise and practices
12 Development and Underdevelopment: rethinking the shape of a globalizing world
SECTION D: CULTURE AND PERSONAL LIFE
13 Leisure and Consumption: a critical analysis of ‘free time’
Sheila Scraton & Beccy Watson
14 Religion and Sources of Significance: the dawning of a secular age?
15 The Sociology of the Mass Media: circuits of communication and structures of power
Greg Philo, David Miller and Catherine Happer
16 Families and Personal Life: all change?
SECTION E: THE STATE, VIOLENCE, CRIME AND CONTROL
17 Power and the State: flourishing union, divorce or metamorphosis?
Michael S. Drake
18 Violence, Coercion and Human Rights: understanding organized brutality
19 Crime: concepts, causes, control
SECTION F: THEORY AND METHODS
20 Sociological Theory: formal and informal
21 Methodology: the essence of sociology?
The Sociology Teacher
"Wide in their scope, up to date in orientation, the chapters gathered here are an excellent introduction to sociology. The authors are experts in their respective fields and communicate the engagement and urgency of the sociological imagination in our present times."
John Holmwood, University of Nottingham and President of the British Sociological Association
"Lively and engaging, Contemporary Sociology provides students with in-depth insights into today's pressing sociological concerns. Written by experts in their field, each chapter avoids simple summary and instead raises questions to spark the sociological imagination."
Ellen Annandale, The University of York and member of the Executive Committee of the European Sociological Association