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The Student's Companion to Sociology



The Student's Companion to Sociology

Chris Middleton (Editor), Chet Ballard (Editor), Jon Gubbay (Editor)

ISBN: 978-0-631-19948-9 July 1997 Wiley-Blackwell 408 Pages

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This superlative Companion provides a comprehensive and up-to-date guide to the discipline of Sociology.
Part I: Sociology: Engaging with the Social World:.

1. Discovering Sociology Personal Accounts: John Rex (University of Warwick).

2. Discovering Sociology Personal Accounts: Frances Heidensohn (Goldsmith's College, University of London).

3. Discovering Sociology Personal Accounts: William P. Kuvlesky (Texas A & M University).

The Sociological Imagination:.

4. From Personal Troubles to Public Issues: Glenn Goodwin (Pitzer College).

5. From Public Issues to Private Troubles: Martin Shaw (University of Sussex).

The Public Impact of Sociology:.

6. The Black Report and the Politics of Health in Britain: Nicolette Hart (University of California, Los Angeles).

7. The Public Impact of Sociology: Public Broadcasting and the Public Interest: Jerry Starr (West Virginia University).

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

8. Founders and Classics: Jonathan Turner (University of California, Riverside).

9. Everything From Crabs to Islam: On the Relation Between Sociologists and Their Intellectual Neighbours: David Lee (University of Essex).

10. Sociology as both Humanist and Scientific: Chet Ballard (Valdosta State University).

Values and Diversity in Sociology: .

11. Conservatism and Sociology: The Problem of Social Order: Graham Kinloch (Florida State University).

12. Social Reform, Revolution and Sociology: Chris Middleton (University of Sheffield).

13. The Feminist Challenge: Anne Witz (University of Strathclyde).

14. Mr. Faust Meets Mr. Bateman: Mapping Postmodernity: Steve Papson (St. Lawrence University).

15. Putting Sociology in its Place: Joti Sekhon (Greensboro College).

Focal Themes of Sociology:.

16. Social Divisions: Harriet Bradley (University of Bristol).

17. Power: Concepts and Research: Jon Gubbay (University of East Anglia).

18. Social Identity and the Life-Course: Paul Bellaby (University of East Anglia).

The Language of Sociology:.

19. A Brief Guide to 'Difficult' Sociological Jargon and Some Resolutions: David Jary.

Part III: Contemporary Sociological Engagement: Social Issues:.

20. Higher Education and Employment in A Post-Industrial Society: Phil Brown and Richard Scase (University of Kent).

21. Inequality and Affirmative Action: Sociological Perspectives: Charles Jaret (Georgia State University).

22. Up Against Nature: Sociological Thoughts on Sexuality: Stevi Jackson and Momin Rahman (University of Strathclyde).

23. Wither Welfare?: Alan Walker (University of Sheffield).

24. Mcdonaldization and Globalisation: George Ritzer (University of Maryland).

25. Green Futures?: Ted Benton (University of Essex).

Sociology to Fire the Imagination:.

26. Leaving Home: Liz Kenyon (University of Newcastle).

27. Fashion: Steve Miles (University of Glasgow).

28. The Managed Heart: Lori Holyfield (University of Arkansas).

29. Crime and the American Dream: Randy Blazak (Portland State University).

30. Civil War: Michael Drake (University of East Anglia).

31. From Reproduction to Production: Dongsook Gills (University of Sunderland).

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

32. How to Read Sociological Texts: Mary Patrice Erdmans (University of North Carolina).

33. Deciphering Research Reports: Derek Layder (University of Leicester).

34. Demystifying Theory: How the Theories of Georg Simmel (and Others) Help us to Make Sense of Modern Life: Leonard Beeghley (University of Florida, Gainesville).

Doing Sociological Research:.

35. How to Formulate a Student Research Project: Frank Lyons and Chas Wilson (University of Portsmouth).

36. Society as Text: Documents, Artefacts and Social Practices: Simon Cottle (Bath College of Higher Education).

37. The Researcher's Craft: Observing, Listening and Note-taking: Robert Burgess (University of Warwick).

38. Team Research: David Philips (University of North London).

39. Research Ethics: Roger Homan (University of Brighton).

Computers in Sociology:.

40. Using Computers: Millsom Henry (University of Stirling).

Part V: Directory and Resources:.

41. Biographical Dictionary: David Fisher (Nottingham Trent University).

42. Sources of Data and Information: Martin Scarrott (University of North London).

43. Major Journals in Sociology: Simon Speight (University of Glamorgan).

44. Conferences and Societies: Steve Morgan (University of the West of England).

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

45. Marketing your Sociological Training: Sheila Miles (University of Sheffield and London University).

46. Opportunities for Professional and Vocational Training: Sheila Cross (University College of Ripon and York St. John).

47. 'Sociologist - will Travel': Janice Eglin (University of East London).

48. Postgraduate Studies in Sociology: North America: David Johnson.

49. Postgraduate Studies in Sociology: UK: Chris Middleton (University of Sheffield).

50. A Note on Postgraduate Studies in Australasia.

From Sociological Study to Employment:.

51. Viewpoints From Three Sociology Graduates: Jo Osborne, Meeta Patel and Jacquie Hammond.

52. A Sociology Graduate in Employment: Kay Freeland (Abraham Baldwin College).

53. Being a Sociologist Employed in Public Agencies: A Personal View: Tricia Lain White (Department of Employment).

Postscript: Potentials and Predicaments: The Editors.


  • 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.