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Macmillan Higher Education

Introductory Sociology (4th Edition)

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Paperback - 9780333945711

11 October 2002

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Introductory Sociology is one of the most ambitious, scholarly and popular textbooks in its field. This welcome new edition builds on the strengths of its predecessor in its thematic coherence, clarity of exposition and...

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Introductory Sociology is one of the most ambitious, scholarly and popular textbooks in its field. This welcome new edition builds on the strengths of its predecessor in its thematic coherence, clarity of exposition and analytical depth. It is carefully structured to cover all the main substantive topics studied at an introductory level within a framework that engages with exciting contemporary debates about modernity, globalisation and social identity.

Key features of the new edition include:

- a completely new chapter on the media
- extended coverage of social divisions to include disability, youth and old age as well as class, gender and race
- clearer and more compact treatment of social theory, incorporating discussion of work by such contemporary theorists as Habermas, Giddens and Beck
- an even stronger blend of theoretical, empirical and illustrative material, consolidating the critical and applied approach that is one of the text's most well-liked defining features

With outstanding presentation and pedagogical support for the student and hard-pressed lecturer alike, the text includes:

- an Instructor's Resource Pack, complete with powerpoint slides, available on the Palgrave website (or in hardcopy for adopters of the textbook, by written request)
- a detailed and extensive glossary - practically a 'mini dictionary' of sociology in its own right and an ideal reference tool
- chapter-specific further reading lists, annotated for further guidance and support
- questions to think about, which can be used as the basis for essays, class discussion and further study
- pictures, figures, graphs and tables.

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Cuttingedge and thoughtprovoking, engaging with critical new debates in sociology
Range and depth of coverage, including a new chapter on the media and wider coverage of social divisions
Highly developed and supportive pedagogical apparatus

PART 1 CONCEPTUAL FOUNDATIONS
Studying Society Today
Living in Modernity
Globalization and Modernity
PART 2 SOCIAL DIVISIONS AND POWER
Social Divisions
The Significance of Social Class
Gender Relations
Race and Ethnicity
Power, Politics and the State
PART 3 DIMENSIONS OF MODERN SOCIAL LIFE
Family Life
Education
Work and Employment
The Mass Media
Health, Illness and Medicine
Crime
Knowledge, Belief and Religion
PART 4 SOCIOLOGICAL THEORY AND METHOD
Principles of Sociological Research
Foundations of Social Theory 
Making Social Life: Theories of Action and Meaning
Modernity, Postmodernity and Social Theory.

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TONY BILTON was formerly Principal Lecturer in Sociology at Anglia Polytechnic University.
KEVIN BONNETT is Professor and Director of the School of Social Sciences and Law, Sheffield Hallam University.
PIP JONES is Principal Lecturer in Sociology at Anglia Polytechnic University.
DAVID SKINNER is Head of Sociology and Politics at Anglia Polytechnic University.
MICHELLE STANWORTH was formerly Professor of Sociology and Women's Studies at Anglia Polytechnic University.
TONY LAWSON is Senior Lecturer in Social Science at the University of Leicester.
ANDREW WEBSTER is Professor of Sociology at the University of York.

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TONY BILTON was formerly Principal Lecturer in Sociology at Anglia Polytechnic University.
KEVIN BONNETT is Professor and Director of the School of Social Sciences and Law, Sheffield Hallam University.
PIP JONES is Principal Lecturer in Sociology at Anglia Polytechnic University.
DAVID SKINNER is Head of Sociology and Politics at Anglia Polytechnic University.
MICHELLE STANWORTH was formerly Professor of Sociology and Women's Studies at Anglia Polytechnic University.
TONY LAWSON is Senior Lecturer in Social Science at the University of Leicester.
ANDREW WEBSTER is Professor of Sociology at the University of York.

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