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Sociology

By Anthony Giddens

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Format: Paperback, 800 pages, 5th Revised edition Edition
Published In: United Kingdom, 21 May 2006
This fully revised and updated version of Anthony Giddens' "Sociology", now in its fifth edition, offers an unrivalled introduction for students new to the subject - lucid, lively, authoritative and original. Written by one of the world's leading sociologists, this comprehensive textbook manages to be clear, accessible and jargon-free, but without oversimplifying complex debates. Earlier editions of "Sociology" broke new ground by incorporating cutting-edge debates, such as the impact of globalisation, into an introductory text. This fifth edition remains a state of the art textbook, with fresh and engaging new material added throughout. While covering all of the core topics of sociology, the fifth edition also includes a great deal of substantive new material, ensuring that students are introduced to the most recent sociological debates.Throughout, the book weaves together classical and contemporary theory and data, and provides a wide range of everyday examples to which students can easily relate. The fifth edition also benefits from: new discussions of global inequality, disability, ageing and the life course, risk, the network society, and terrorism, as well as many other additional and up-to-date topics; numerous learning aids in every chapter, such as summary points, questions for further thought, and additional reading suggestions, which help to reinforce students' knowledge; lots of extra photographs, diagrams, case studies and cartoons, to bring ideas to life and fire students' imaginations; and high-quality supplementary resources on a dedicated website, including a full instructors' manual and additional student aids, all specially designed to stimulate students' learning and critical thinking.The fifth edition of this classic textbook is an ideal teaching text for first-year university and college courses, and will be essential reading for all students who are looking for an exciting, authoritative and easy-to-follow introduction to sociology.

Table of Contents

1. WHAT IS SOCIOLOGY?.The Sociological Perspective.Studying Sociology.The Development of Sociological Thinking.Theories and Theoretical Approaches.Early Theorists.Modern Theoretical Approaches.Theoretical Thinking in Sociology.Levels of Analysis: Microsociology and Macrosociology.How Can Sociology Help Us in Our Lives?.Summary.2. GLOBALISATION AND THE CHANGING WORLD.Types of Society.A Disappearing World: Pre-modern Societies and their Fate.The Modern World: the Industrialised Societies.Global Development.Social Change.Influences on Social Change.Change in the Modern Period.Globalisation.Factors Contributing to Globalisation.The Globalisation Debate.The Impact of Globalisation.Conclusion: The Need for Global Governance.Summary Points.Questions for Further Thought.Further Reading.Internet Links.3: ASKING AND ANSWERING SOCIOLOGICAL QUESTIONS.Why Hang Out in Public Toilets?.Sociological Questions.Taking a Scientific Approach.The Research Process.Defining the Research Problem.Reviewing the Evidence.Making the Problem Precise.Working Out a Design.Carrying Out the Research.Interpreting the Results.Reporting the Findings.Reality Intrudes!.Understanding Cause and Effect.Causation and Correlation.Research Methods.Ethnography.Surveys.Experiments.Life Histories.Comparative Research.Historical Analysis.Combining Comparative and Historical Research.Research in the Real World: Methods, Problems, and Pitfalls.Human Subjects and Ethical Problems.Is Sociology Merely a Restatement of the Obvious?.The Influence of Sociology.Summary.Questions for Further Thought.Further Reading.Internet Links.4. THEORETICAL THINKING IN SOCIOLOGY.Max Weber: The Protestant Ethic.Four theoretical Issues.1. Structure and Action.2. Consensus and Conflict.3. The Issue of Gender.4. The Shaping of the Modern World.Current Sociological Theory.Postmodernism.Michel Foucault.Four Contemporary Sociologists.Jurgen Habermas: Democracy and the Public Sphere.Ulrich Beck: The Global Risk Society.Manuel Castells: The Network Economy.Anthony Giddens: Social Reflexivity.Conclusion.Summary Points.Questions for Further Thought.Further Reading.Bibliography.5. SOCIAL INTERACTION AND EVERYDAY LIFE.The Study of Daily Life.Nonverbal Communication."Face," Gestures and Emotion.Nonverbal Communication and Gender.The Social Rules of Interaction.Shared Understandings.Garfinkel's Experiments."Interactional Vandalism".Response Cries.Face, Body and Speech in Interaction.Encounters.Impression Management.Personal space.Interaction in Time and Space.Clock Time.Social Life and the Ordering of space and time.Everyday Life in Ccultural and Historical Perspective.The Social Construction of Reality: The Sociological Debate.Social Interaction in Cyberspace.Conclusion: The Compulsion of Proximity?.Summary Points.6. SOCIALISATION, THE LIFE-COURSE AND AGEING.Culture, Society, and Child Socialisation.Theories of Child Development.Agencies of Socialisation.Gender Socialisation.Reactions of Parents and Adults.Gender Learning.Storybooks and Television.The Difficulty of Nonsexist Child Rearing.Gender Socialisation: The Sociological Debate.Socialisation through the Life Course.Childhood.The Teenager.Young Adulthood.Mature Adulthood.Old Age.Ageing.How Do People Age?.Ageing in the UK.The Politics of Ageing.The Greying of the World Population.Summary.Further Reading.Internet Links.7. FAMILIES AND INTIMATE RELATIONSHIPS.Basic Concepts.The Family in History.Families and Intimate Relationships in the UK.Overall Characteristics.Development and Diversity in Family Patterns.Inequality and Violence within the Family.Divorce and Separation.New Partnerships and Reconstituted Families.Alternatives to Traditional Forms of Marriage and Family-life.Theoretical Perspectives on the Family and Intimate Relationships.Functionalism.Feminist Approaches.Recent Perspectives.Conclusion: The Debate About Family Values.Summary Points.Questions for Further Thought.Further Reading.Internet Links.8. HEALTH, ILLNESS AND DISABILITY.The Sociology of Health and Illness.Sociological Perspectives on Medicine.Sociological Perspectives on Health and Illness.The Social Basis of Health.The Sociology of Disability.The Individual Model of Disability.The Social Model of Disability.Disability in the UK and Globally.Summary Points.Further Reading.Internet Links.9. STRATIFICATION AND CLASS.Systems of Stratification.Slavery.Caste Systems.Estates.Class.Theories of Class and Stratification.Karl Marx's Theory.Max Weber's Theory.Erik Olin Wright's Theory of Class.Measuring Class.John Goldthorpe: Class and Occupation.Evaluating Goldthorpe's Class Scheme.Social Class Divisions in Western Society Today.The Question of the Upper Class.The Middle Class.The Changing Nature of the Working Class.The Underclass?.Class and Lifestyle.Gender and Stratification.Social Mobility.Comparative Mobility Studies.Downward Mobility.Social Mobility in Britain.Is Britain a meritocracy?.Conclusion: The Importance of Class.Summary Points.Questions for Further Thought.Further Reading.Internet Links.10. POVERTY, SOCIAL EXCLUSION & WELFARE.Poverty.What is Poverty?.Measuring Poverty.Who are the Poor?.Explaining Poverty.Poverty and Social Mobility.Social Exclusion.What is Social Exclusion?.Examples of Social Exclusion.Crime and Social Exclusion.The Welfare State.Theories of the Welfare State.The Welfare State in the UK.Conclusion: Poverty and Welfare in a Changing World.Summary Points.Questions for Further Thought.Further Reading.Internet Links.11. GLOBAL INEQUALITY AND POPULATION GROWTH.Global Inequality: Differences between Countries.Is Global Inequality Increasing?.Life in Rich and Poor Countries.Health.Hunger, Malnutrition and Famine.Education and Literacy.Can Poor Countries Become Rich?.Theories of Development.Evaluating Theories of Development.The Role of International Organisations and Global Inequality.Why Global Economic Inequality Matters to You.World Population Growth.Population Analysis: Demography.Dynamics of Population Change.Malthusianism.The Demographic Transition.Prospects for Change.Summary.Internet Links.12SEXUALITY AND GENDER.Human sexuality.Biology and Sexual Behaviour.Social Influences on Sexual Behaviour.Sexuality and Procreative Technology.Sexuality in Western Culture.Sexual Orientation.Is One's Sexual Orientation inborn or learned?.Homosexuality in Western Culture.Attitudes Towards Homosexuality.The Movement for Gay and Lesbian Civil Rights.Gender.Gender and Biology: Natural Differences?.Gender Socialisation.The Social Construction of Gender and Sex.Femininities, Masculinities and Gender Relations.Perspectives on Gender Inequality.Exploring Gender Inequalities.Functionalist Approaches.Feminist Approaches.Globalisation.Summary Points.Questions for Further Thought.Further Reading.Internet Links.13. EtHNICITY, RACISM AND MIGRATION.Key Concepts.Race.Ethnicity.Minority Groups.Prejudice, Discrimination and Racism.Racism.Sociological Interpretations of Racism.Ethnic Integration and Conflict.Models of Ethnic Integration.Ethnic Conflict.Migration and Ethnic Diversity.Immigration to the United Kingdom.Ethnic Diversity in the United Kingdom.Immigration and Ethnic Relations in Continental Europe.Global Migration.Conclusion.Summary Points.Questions for Further Thought.Further Reading.Internet Links.14 RELIGION IN MODERN SOCIETY.Sociological Theories and Ideas.The Sociological Study of Religion.Theories of Religion.Real World Religions.Religions Around the World.Religious Organisations.Secularisation and Religious Revival.Religion and Secularisation.Religious Fundamentalism.Summary Points.Questions for Further Thought.Further Reading.Internet Links.15. THE MASS MEDIA.Globalisation and the Mass Media.The Rise of the Mass Media.Old Media.New Media.Theoretical Perspectives on the Media.Functionalism.Conflict Theories.Recent Theories.Bias and the Media.Examining the TV news.Audiences and media Effects.Audience Studies.Media Effects.The Control of the Media.Political Control.Media imperialism?.The Global Media and Democracy.The Media in a Global Age.Music.Cinema.Media 'Supercompanies'.Resistance and Alternatives to the Global Media.Conclusion.Summary Points.Questions for Further Thought.Further Reading.Internet Links.16. ORGANISATIONS AND NETWORKS.Organisations.Organisations as Bureaucracies.The Physical Setting of Organisations.Organisations That Span the World.Economic Organisations.Beyond Bureaucracy?.Organisational Change: the Japanese Model.The Transformation of Management.The Study of Networks.How do Organisations and Networks Affect Your Life?.Social Capital: The Ties That Bind.Bowling Alone: An Example of Declining Social Capital?.Conclusion.Summary Points.17 . EDUCATION.The Importance of Education.Education in the UK.Origins and Development.Secondary Education and Politics.Higher Education in the UK.Comparative Perspectives on British Education.Theories of Schooling and Inequality.Bernstein: Language Codes.Illich: the Hidden Curriculum.Bourdieu: Education and Cultural Reproduction.Learning to Labour: Willis' Analysis of Cultural Reproduction.Learning not to labour: 'macho lads'.Post-modern Approaches to Education.Inequality and Education.Ethnicity and Education.IQ and Education.Education and New Communications Technology.Technology in the Classroom.The Arrival of E-universities?.Education and the Technology Gap.Conclusion: Lifelong Learning.Summary Points.Questions for Further Thought.Further Reading.Internet Links.18. WORK AND ECONOMIC LIFE.What is Work? Paid and Unpaid Work.The Social Organisation of Work.Taylorism and Fordism.The Limitations of Taylorism and Fordism.The Changing Nature of Work and Working.Women and Work.Post-Fordism.Current Trends in the Occupational Structure.Job Insecurity, Unemployment and the Social Significance of Work.The Social Significance of Work.The Rise in Job Insecurity.Unemployment.Conclusion: The 'Corrosion of character'?.Summary Points.Questions for Further Thought.Further Rreading.Internet Links.19. CRIME AND DEVIANCE.Basic Concepts.Explaining Crime and Deviance: Sociological Theories.Functionalist Theories.Interactionist Theory.Conflict Theories: 'The new Criminology'.Control Theories.Theoretical Conclusions.Patterns of Crime in the United Kingdom.Crime and Crime Statistics.Victims and Perpetrators of Crime.Gender and Crime.Youth and Crime.White-Collar Crime.Organised Crime.Cybercrime.Prisons: the Answer to Crime?.Conclusion: Crime, Deviance and Social Order.Summary Points.Questions for Further Thought.Further Reading.Internet Links.20 POLITICAL POWER, GOVERNMENT AND TERRORISM.Debating Basic Concepts.Power.The State.Types of Political Rule.Monarchy.Authoritarianism.Democracy.Political Parties and Voting in Western Countries.Party Systems.Parties and Voting in Britain.Thatcherism and After.New Labour.The Global Spread of Liberal Democracy.The Fall of Communism.Explaining the Popularity of Liberal Democracy.Democracy in Trouble?.Global Governance.Political and Social Change.Globalisation and Social Movements.Technology and Social Movements.Nationalist Movements.Theories of Nationalism and The Nation.Nations without States.National Minorities and the European Union.Nations and Nationalism in Developing Countries.The Nation-state, National Identity and Globalisation.Summary Points.Questions for Further Thought.Further Reading.Internet Links.21. CITIES AND URBAN SPACES.Theorising Urbanism.The Chicago School.Urbanism and the Created Environment.The Development of the City.Cities in Traditional Surbanisation.The Development of the Modern City.Recent Urban Trends in Britain and the US.Urbanisation in the Developing World.Cities and Globalisation.Global Cities.Inequality and the Global City.Governing Cities in a Global Age.Conclusion: Cities and Global Governance.Summary Points.Questions for Further Thought.Further Reading.Internet Links.22. THE ENVIRONMENT AND RISK.The Environment as a Sociological Issue.Our Common Environment.Concern about the Environment: are there Limits to Growth?.Sustainable Development.Consumption, Poverty and the Environment.Sources of Threat.Risk, Technology and the Environment.Global Warming.Genetically Modified Foods.The Global "Risk Society".Looking Ahead.Summary Points.Questions for Further Thought.Further Reading.Internet Links.GLOSSARY.BIBLIOGRAPHY.

About the Author

Anthony Giddens is Former Director of the London School of Economics and Fellow of King's College, Cambridge.

Reviews

"Giddens's book is composed with verve and panache, yet it is extraordinarily learned and reliable. It really is fun to read ... We need to applaud Giddens for a superb text as well as his singular contribution to the standing of sociology today." Frank Webster, Times Higher Education Supplement "There's no one on the planet with such a refined grasp of the practical and political significance of sociology as Anthony Giddens. This new edition of his best-selling textbook is his best yet." Anthony Elliott, Flinders University Australia "With this new edition of Sociology, Anthony Giddens has done the seemingly impossible. He has lifted the best introductory text in sociology in the world to yet a further level of excellence. It is a great achievement." Ulrich Beck, London School of Economics "I have a high opinion of Giddens's book, which I consider to be a comprehensive and lucid introduction to the major topics, debates and theoretical perspectives in sociology. It combines a detailed overview of the contemporary sociological landscape with sensitivity to the enduring debt that the discipline owes to earlier theorists." Mike Hawkins, Kingston University "This new edition is fresh, engaging and topical. One particular feature is worth a mention: a striking introduction that catches the reader's attention right at the start is very effective educationally. I remain a fan of such pedagogical devices. The point is made economically and strikingly at the very beginning and is then carried through the chapter. Some of the chapters do this in an exemplary fashion." Nick Abercrombie, University of Lancaster "The main reason for recommending Giddens's text over many of its competitors lies in the way that the book handles the various sociological specialisms. Although structured through specialist fields such as crime and deviance, families, gender and sexuality and so on, Giddens never loses sight of the general sociological perspective amid the welter of detailed and specialized knowledge. This introductory textbook stands out as a welcome antidote to the impression of fragmentation and diversity of the discipline which students often come away with from textbooks. Giddens still succeeds in demonstrating the continuing intellectual excitement of the sociological enterprise to all new students. For me, this is the foremost consideration when choosing a core introductory textbook and Giddens's Sociology is peerless in this regard." Phil Sutton, The Robert Gordon University "The chapter ['Theoretical Thinking in Sociology'] is clearly written with a strong thread running throughout. Students will like the way in which it brings together many diverse social theories highlighting some of their main similarities and differences in a single chapter. This chapter was towards the end of the book in the fourth edition; moving it nearer to the front of the book in this new edition is an excellent idea and will give students an insight into the theoretical interpretations used by sociologists as they look at the issues discussed in the remaining chapters." Steve Williams, University of Glamorgan

EAN: 9780745633794
ISBN: 074563379X
Publisher: Polity Press
Dimensions: 24.6 x 18.9 centimetres (2.34 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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