This major new textbook uses lively prose and a series of carefully-crafted pedagogical features to both introduce Sociology as a discipline and to help students realize how deeply sociological issues impact on their own...Show More
This major new textbook uses lively prose and a series of carefully-crafted pedagogical features to both introduce Sociology as a discipline and to help students realize how deeply sociological issues impact on their own lives. Over the book’s ten chapters, students discover what Sociology is, alongside its historical development and emergent new concerns. They will be led through the theories that underpin the discipline and familiarized with what it takes to undertake good sociological research. Ultimately students will be led and inspired to develop their own sociological imagination – learning to question their own assumptions about the society, the culture and the world around them today.
Historically, the majority of introductory Sociology textbooks have run to many hundreds of pages, discouraging students from further reading. By contrast, Discovering Sociology has been carefully designed and developed as a true introduction, covering the key ideas and topics that first year undergraduate students need to engage with without sacrificing intellectual rigour.Show Less
- 'Provocations', using controversial or counter-intuitive arguments to spark debate and make students question their own assumptions
- `Good Sociology/Bad Sociology' highlights approaches for the budding sociologist to adopt - or avoid
- `Vox pops' interviews provide real life insight and opinion to give readers a practical handle on the sociological issues they've studied in theory
- Tables, figures and evocative images add to a lively eye-catching design.
- Up-to-the-moment real-world examples ensure that learners quickly make the vital connection between sociological issues and their own lives
- An accompanying website hosts author video debates; lecturer guides; a `Discovering Sociology Across the Globe' feature covering local issues worldwide; an interactive glossary; and more
1. What is Sociology?
2. A Brief History of Sociology
3. Sociological Theory
4. The Method of Sociology
5. Ethical Sociology
6. Structures and Institutions
7. Social Divisions
8. Personal Life
9. Social Transformations
10. Sociology Discovered.
- Author Videos the books authors offer a chapter-by-chapter overview of whats covered in the book. In addition, longer discussion pieces see the authors going beyond the chapter structure to examine key issues or themes in our world today and how these are reflected in the learning and teaching of sociology.
- Online Vox Pops Where you can submit your own life experiences in real time and discuss how they reflect what you are learning in the book - and also read about your fellow readers and their experiences of different countries and cultures worldwide
- eProvocations another batch of thought-provoking challenges to our personal and cultural assumptions.
- Discovering Sociology Around The Globe looking beyond the US and UK-centric sociological canon, this feature examines issues in society and sociology from across the world.
- A guide to sociology on the internet
- An Interactive Glossary of the key sociological terms encountered in the text
- Plus extra content that complements and continues discussions in the book
- For instructors there is also a Lecturer Guide, providing tips on how to use each chapter; activities and exercises; extra assessment questions; and a guide to getting the most out of both the book and the companion website.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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- Child Protection Kim Holt
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- Childhood and Society Michael Wyness
- Social Work for Lazy Radicals Jane Fenton
- A Guide to Statutory Social Work Interventions Mel Hughes
- Peer Support in Mental Health Emma Watson, Sara Meddings
- Sociology of Personal Life Vanessa May, Petra Nordqvist
- Ways of Knowing Jonathon W. Moses, Torbjørn L. Knutsen
- Exploring and Locating Social Work Darren Hill, Lorraine Agu, David Mercer
- Family Support for Social Care Practitioners Mary Shannon
- Social and Community Development John Eversley
- Doing a Successful Research Project Martin Davies, Nathan Hughes
- Global Sociology Robin Cohen, P. Kennedy
- Being Sociological Steve Matthewman, Catherine Lane West-Newman, Bruce Curtis
- Dead White Men and Other Important People Angus Bancroft, Ralph Fevre
- Discovering Sociology Mark McCormack, Eric Anderson, Kimberly Jamie, Matthew David
- Central Problems in Social Theory Anthony Giddens
- The Simmelian Legacy Olli Pyyhtinen
- Class in Contemporary Britain Kenneth Roberts
- Understanding Drug Use and Abuse Benjamin P. Bowser, Carl O. Word, Toby Seddon
- Exploring Social Change Bridgette Wessels
- Understanding Industrial Society Robin Theobald
- Welfare and the State: Who Benefits? Lois Bryson