Outlining the key themes, concepts and theoretical areas in the field, this book draws on contributions from prominent researchers to unravel the complexities of consumer culture by looking at how it affects personal identity, social interactions and the consuming human being.
A unique contribution to discussions of social theory, this book examines pre-20th century histories and discussions that culminated in the classical period of sociology, how they were lost, and why they remain important today.
A story of a childhood defined by loneliness, the absence of a father and the grim experience of a Quaker boarding school. But with gun-wielding school masters and sub-standard living conditions, Quaker boarding school wasn't much better.
This illuminating book offers a fresh and contemporary guide to the field of sociology. By demonstrating the versatility of the sociological imagination, the authors reveal the ways in which thinking sociologically can help us understand the personal, social and structural changes going on in the world around us.
Britain today is falling apart, with Brexit's break from the European Union, looming Scottish independence, deepening inequalities and reinvigorated racism. How has it come to this? Britain in fragments traces how the historic pillars of democracy have begun to crumble, from their apex in the post-war welfare state to the present day. -- .
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.
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.
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.
Distracted is a gripping expos of this hyper-mobile, cyber-centric, attention-deficient life. Day by day, we are eroding our capacity for deep attention the building block of intimacy, wisdom, and cultural progress.
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.
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.
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.
This book is a detailed, empirical investigation into the question of whether academic social research can compete with the commercial sector, with its new technologies and big data, in order to classify, profile, and understand us.