Sociology: Introductory Readings, Revised Edition, 2nd Edition

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2002-01-01
  • Publisher: Polity

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This is a thoroughly revised and updated edition of the best-selling introductory reader in sociology. The book offers a comprehensive, yet challenging, set of readings for students approaching the study of sociology for the first time. A strong emphasis has been placed upon readability and liveliness. The volume includes contributions from newspapers and weekly periodicals as well as extracts from academic journals and books. It is designed as a companion to the fourth edition of Giddens' Sociology but can also be used independently, or alongside other textbooks. The book maintains the distinctive approach which Sociology pioneered. It is strongly comparative and stresses the influence of globalizing trends in social life. The readings range from studies of face-to-face interaction through to the analysis of large-scale global systems. There are many new selections in this volume including those on the internet, the information revolution, poverty, social exclusion and ecological problems. The readings are broken up into sections and each section is preceded by a summary of the content in order to facilitate the students' comprehension. The introductory material has been written or updated by Anthony Giddens. The result is a text that is both wide ranging and exceptionally easy to follow. Sociology: Introductory Readings will be an essential resource for anyone who wishes to acquire a basic understanding of the scope of sociological thought today.

Author Biography

Anthony Giddens is Director of the London School of Economics and Political Science. He was formerly Professor of Sociology and Fellow of King's College at the University of Cambridge.

Table of Contents

What is Sociology? The Scope of Sociology
The Sociological Imagination and the Promise of Sociology C. Wright
Mills Thinking Sociologically
Culture and Society What is Culture?
The Proper Study of Mankind The Economist
The Internet in the Middle East and North Africa Human Rights Watch
A Changing World
The McDonaldization of Society George Ritzer Beyond the Information Revolution
Social Interaction and Everyday Life
The Structure of Face Engagements
Erving Goffman Social Interaction and Everyday Life
Embarrassment and Interactional Organization Christian Heath Time, Habit and Repetition in Day-to-Day Life
Gender and Sexuality Explaining Gender and Gender
Inequalities Jane Pilcher Lesbians at home
What do we mean when we talk about the body and Sexuality?
A Self-Made Man
The Male Dodo: Are Men Necessary? The Economist
Sociology of the Body: Health, Illness and Ageing
A Sociology of `Fringe' Medicine: A Healthy Alternative
The Sociology of Health and Illness
Patenting Life Jeremy Rifkin Sickness and Health in Pre-Modern
Families Constructing Post-divorce childhoods
The Normal Chaos of Love
Home Sweet Home The Economist On Friendship
Crime and Deviance A Sociology of Hackers
Electronic Policing
Babes Love to Kill Ruaridh Nicoll Surviving in a Women's Prison
Race, Ethnicity and Migration
In Defence of the Nation
The Development of Ethnic Awareness and Identification Frances Aboud
There Ain't No Black in the Union Jack Paul Gilroy Europe Needs More
Immigrants The Economist
Class, Stratification and Inequality
Are Social classes dying?
Lipset Marx and Weber on Class
Capitalism without Classes
Haves and Have-Nots: How to Overcome the Digital Divide The Economist
Poverty, Welfare and Social Exclusion Rethinking Poverty in Globalized Conditions
When Work Disappears: new implications for race and urb
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