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.
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.
Whereas leisure was once treated as a social service, a business culture has swept through what remains of the voluntary and public sectors today.
The Business of Leisure addresses the trend towards commercialisation in the provision of leisure that has not only continued but accelerated since the 2004 publication of The Leisure Industries.
Fully updated and revised, the third edition of this popular textbook continues to introduce students to what anthropology is, what anthropologists do, how and what they contribute, and how even a limited knowledge of anthropology can help people succeed in today's world.
Students are encouraged to engage critically and personally with sociological ideas, and in the process learn how to interpret, use and reshape them. This revised second edition offers an ideal alternative to traditional texts for introductory Sociology modules.
While Georg Simmel is widely known, the impact of his work has been far from straightforward, with the ways in which his ideas have been taken up by later thinkers as complex and diverse as the ideas themselves.
A distinctive and accessible introductory text that presents social theory not as a specialist subject, but as a relevant resource for anyone wanting to explain social phenomenon. The text actively encourages those who are new to social theory, as well as more advanced students, to develop and practice their own capacities for social explanation.
This original, thematic introduction to sociology encourages students to look afresh at a world they think they know. Taking readers through different ways of existing and acting in the world, such as 'believing' or 'educating', it covers all the key areas of first year study and equips students with the skills to think sociologically.
A cutting-edge and original analysis of contemporary social movements in a globalized world, providing a clear and comprehensive grounding in social movement and globalization theory and drawing on a range of case studies and examples from around the world, from Anonymous and 15-M/Indignados to the Zapatistas.
Under present social conditions, neither social theorists nor political scientists can afford to ignore one another. This book is a clear, structured account of the relationship between politics and social theory, examining both the political content of social theory, and how social theory has illuminated our understanding of politics.
An insightful and theoretically informed overview of street culture in various parts of the world - its origins, functions, manifestations and appeal - examining both its bearing on criminal lifestyles and on the cultivation of 'cool.' Contemporary examples and original research are used to evidence new ways of thinking about street culture today.
Identity and Belonging examines the interplay between self and society and in doing so explores the complex nature of 'who we are' and 'how we come to be' as individuals and as members of various social groups.
A stimulating, theoretically driven examination of the relationship between human rights and the globalizing process. In scrutinising the impacts of different aspects of globalization on the language and structure of human rights, the book gives readers a deeper, more nuanced understanding of the issues and questions key to the topic.
This wide-ranging study of the relations between work, consumption and capitalism draws on interdisciplinary research in cultural and economic sociology, history, marketing studies and cultural studies.
In this radical re-examination of the nature of old age, Paul Higgs and Chris Gilleard reveal the emergence of a 'fourth age' that embodies the most feared and marginalised aspects of old age, conceptually linked to and yet distinct from traditional models of old age.
The 2,181-mile Appalachian Trail runs along the Appalachian mountain range from Georgia to Maine. Every year about 2,000 individuals attempt to "thru-hike" the entire trail. Sociologist Kristi M. Fondren traces the stories of forty-six men and women who, for their own personal reasons, set out to conquer America's most well known, and arguably most social, long-distance hiking trail.
This book is about the narrative turn in sociology, an approach that views lived experience as constructed, at least in part, by the stories that people tell about it. It is organized around: family and place, the body, education and work, and the passage of time that tell a story about a life course and touch on enduring sociological topics.
Ronald Berger provides students with a comprehensive, accessible introduction to the key themes and controversies in disability studies. Illustrating the profound consequences of differing conceptions of physical, sensory, and cognitive impairments, Berger provides a solid foundation for making sense of disability as a social phenomenon.
In `The Working Class: Poverty, education and alternative voices`, Ian Gilbert unites educators from across the UK and further afield to call on all those working in schools to adopt a more enlightened and empathetic approach to supporting children in challenging circumstances.
Fascinating new account of punk's emergence as a fashion, musical form, attitude and aesthetic in Britain from 1976 to 1984. Matthew Worley reveals the ways in which punk was constructed, understood and utilised as a cultural medium against the backdrop of a 1970s Britain in deep social and political crisis.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.