Essays from international contributors on the experiences of reading: what reading feels like, how it makes people feel, how people read, under what kinds of conditions, what drives people to read, and conversely, what gets individual and groups of readers stopped in their pursuit of the rewards of reading.
This book introduces students and educated general readers to thirteen key social theorists by way of examining a single, exemplary text by each author, ranging from Comte to Adorno. It answers the need for a book that helps students develop the skill to critically read theory. -- .
This book addresses some of the many social challenges created by migration flows over the past decades. The volume brings together research from three different fields: economics, sociology and political science.
Winner of the 1998 Pulitzer, Guns, Germs, and Steel attempts to answer why human history unfolded differently on different continents. Drawing on evidence from a diverse range of disciplines, Diamond argues that the varying rates of human development over the past 13,000 years have had little to do with genetic superiority.
Like Foucault's earlier works, The History of Sexuality (1976) is ground-breaking and controversial. His claim that sexuality is more a social concept than the product of biological instincts challenges the accepted idea that it was the rise of modernity and capitalism that resulted in repression of sexualities.
Durkheim's 1897 work is a powerful evidence-based study of why people take their own lives. In the late nineteenth century, it was generally accepted that each suicide was an individual phenomenon, caused by such personal factors as grief, loss, and financial problems.
"Black Skin, White Masks offers a radical analysis of the psychological effects of colonization on the colonized. Fanon witnessed the effects of colonization first hand both in his birthplace, Martinique, and again later in life when he worked as a psychiatrist in another French colony, Algeria.
Competitors have always existed in business, but what if it were possible to render your competition irrelevant? This is the critical question posed in Blue Ocean Strategy, which argues that the path to success of any company lies not in taking on potential competitors, but in the creation of "blue oceans" in uncontested market space.
MacLeod's 1987 work, ground-breaking for the way it combines field research with theory, follows the lives of two groups of young men from a low-income housing project in the Boston area to show how poor people who aspire to live the American Dream face many more obstacles than their middle-class counterparts.
In 1963's The Feminine Mystique, Betty Friedan challenged the vision 1950s America had of itself as a nation of happy housewives and contented families. After World War II, society had fostered the idea that women wanted to run a home and live through the achievements of a husband and children.
A guide to the three pivotal figures in the classical tradition. It explains the key ideas of these thinkers and situates them in their historical and philosophical contexts. It helps the student gain an immediate understanding of what is distinctive and relevant about these giants of sociology.
A bold new edition of this popular textbook. Including a host of up-to-date examples and greatly improved pedagogy, it will continue to be adopted on courses in sociology and business and management departments worldwide.
Provides several examples of the practice of sociology. This anthology also includes short articles, chapters, and excerpts that examine common everyday experiences, important social issues, or distinct historical events that illustrate the relationship between the individual and society.
Winner of the 2008 BSA Philip Abrams Memorial Prize this book presents a radical challenge to ideas of modernity in contemporary sociology. Critiquing Eurocentric accounts of modernity, this study provides a postcolonial analysis of the Renaissance, the French Revolution and the Industrial Revolution.
Bhambra outlines what 'Theory for a Global Age' might look like, offering this outline as a statement for consideration, contestation and discussion. Bhambra sets the agenda for a new social theory which not only engages with global intellectual currents, but is fundamentally reshaped by them.
Social life is in a constant process of change, and sociology cannot afford to stand still. Sociology today is theoretically diverse, covers a huge range of subjects and draws on a broad array of research methods.
Mila is a new student who is grappling with social theory for the first time and trying to understand what makes sociology so important. This is a textbook with a twist. Written as a novel, it is a brilliantly engaging introduction to classic and contemporary debates. It is the perfect introduction to sociology for students of all abilities.
This volume provides both a history of Western feminist thought and a lucid analysis of contemporary debates. It offers an accessible and thought-provoking account of complex theories, which it relates to "real life" issues such as sexual violence, political representation and the family.
Centrally the authors emphasise the re-traditionalisation involved in de-traditionalisation and the connectedness involved in individualised processes of relationship change. Reinventing Couples will be of interest to students and scholars across a range of disciplines including sociology, social work and social policy.
An A Level sociology book dealing exclusively with religion, this text explores the wider social context of a diverse range of religions and includes chapters on the decline of religion and the new religious and New Age movements.
This text traces the development of social theorizing from the classical ideas about modernity of Durkheim, Marx and Weber, through 20th century debates around structure and agency and developments in feminist thinking, to a review of contemporary theoretical controversies in sociology.
New updated edition of a best-selling innovative and lively short introduction to gender studies. Includes new discussions of gender theory in the global periphery, the legacy of colonialism and understanding transsexual and transgender lives. Written by a leading theorist and academic in the field of gender studies.
Offers a jargon-free and readable introduction Applies ideas and theories to everyday realities of nursing practice Includes helpful learning features, such as case studies Illustrated with thought-provoking photographs Dedicated free website.
This new, updated edition of the best-selling text provides a critical survey of the field; demonstrates how new developments in have made the body a site for social alternatives and individual choices; and elucidates the practical uses of theory in striking and accessible ways.
Sociology in Pictures: Theories and Concepts is a fresh and exciting publication based on styles from graphic novels and comics. It introduces theories and concepts using entertaining and informative pictures drawn by a leading comic illustrator.
For more than a decade, Carol Smart has been at the forefront of debates about the sociology of the family. Yet she has become frustrated by the fixation of many commentators with the supposed decline of commitment, and even the decline of the possibility of family life.
This book brings Brian Jackson and Dennis Marsden's pioneering Education and the Working Class from 1962 up to date for the 21st century and reveals what we can do to achieve a fairer education system.
A critical history of sociology in Britain. The book examines the literary and scientific contributions to the origin of the discipline, and the challenges faced by the discipline at the dawn of a new century.