The most authoritative dictionary of sociology available. Fully revised to include the most up-to-date concepts and contemporary social issues. It is both an ideal introduction to the subject, and an invaluable reference work for more advanced students and teachers.
The new edition of this essential resource covers new and completely up-to-date sociological teaching, with the latest research, empirical studies and theoretical developments, includes new Chapter 'Development and Globalisation'.
This book shows how children's work can take on widely differing forms; and how it can both harm and benefit children. Differing in approach from most other work in the field, it endeavours to understand working children from their own perspective.
We are living in the most remarkable and dangerous times. Globally, the richest 1% have never held a greater share of world wealth, while the share of most of the other 99% has collapsed in the last five years. In this fully rewritten and updated edition of Injustice, Dorling offers hope of a more equal society.
Gives readers a comprehensive overview of the major theorists and schools of sociological thought. This book includes key theories that are integrated with biographical sketches of theorists, and are placed in their historical and intellectual context.
This sophisticated and cutting-edge exploration of the state of critical social theory today relates the key concepts and theorists to major contemporary developments such as globalization, social conflict and neo-liberal capitalism.
Derek Fraser's book has established itself as a classic text on the history of social policy and social ideas in Britain since the Industrial Revolution. This fourth edition features a revised Introduction, incorporates the latest research and extends the coverage of the final chapter, bringing the story right up to the present day.
All countries signed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. This book is part of an ambitious project to make the fundamental human rights in the Universal Declaration enforceable in the courts of all countries by 2048, the 100th anniversary of the Declaration's signing.
This book examines the relationships between society and material culture: the interaction between people and things. Tim Dant argues that the traditional approach to material culture has focused on the symbolic meanings of objects, largely overlooking the material impact that objects have on everyday life in late modernity.
The focus of this book is on three nineteenth century theorists, Henri Saint Simon, August Comte and Herbert Spencer. It builds a clear understanding of important concepts of this era, and provides a social and historical context to the formative ideas of the theorists.
A compelling analysis of violence and our society from a theoretical and historical approach. The book purposefully adopts an interdisciplinary stance and will appeal to upper-level students and academics in criminology, sociology, psychology and other related disciplines.
The fields at Raven Fen yield barely enough for Agne and his family to live on, and his young son Klas can only watch as despair consumes his father. But it is Sweden, it is the 1970s, and Klas can't accept the life his father has chosen for him. Caught between loyalty to his father and fear of his apparent destiny, Klas takes solace in nature.
Joining the SAGE Social Thinkers series, this book provides readers with a clear and concise introduction and includes coverage of Weber's insights on the promise and peril of Western industrial society, and of his The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism and Economy and Society.
Soon enough, nobody will remember life before the Internet. What does this unavoidable fact mean? For future generations, it won't mean anything very obvious. This book argues that amid all the changes we're experiencing, the most interesting is the one that future generations will find hardest to grasp.
This text was first published in 1974, long before the dawn of multi-channel TV, or the reality and celebrity shows that now pack the schedules. Yet Williams' analysis of television's history, its institutions, programmes and practices, and its future prospects, remains prescient.
Long-standing, award-winning Muslim human rights campaigner Sara Khan courageously takes on the extremists within her faith whose ideology has made it easier for terrorists to recruit young Britons. This important and timely book will be a major news story this autumn.
Why does social class matter more than ever in Britain today? How has the meaning of class changed? What does this mean for social mobility and inequality? This title looks beyond the labels to explore how and why our society is changing and what this means for the people who find themselves in the margins as well as in the centre.
This volume reveals the historical dynamism of what appears at first sight to be a forgotten backwater. The villages of Meganisi, a Greek island, are tightly-knit communities, and this study explores the basis on which their solidarity and sense of identity are constructed and reconstructed.
Dennis Smith offers a fascinating survey of Elias's life and writings and traces the growth of his reputation. He also illustrates how Elias's insights can be applied to understand Western modernity and social and political change, showing why Elias is so important to sociology.
When a society becomes more affluent, does it lose other values? Are the skills that education and literacy gave millions wasted on consuming pop culture? Do the media coerce us into a world of the superficial and the material - or can they be a force for good? This book asks these questions.
This book explores the relationships between visual culture, social theory and the individual. Using a range of resources from Bourdieu's action theory and the contribution of actor network theory, through to the artistic explorations of Bacon and Newman, this book shows how the concept of the individual is being reconstructed.
During the latter 20th century, life in Britain was transformed by radical changes in standards of living, affecting housing, food and transport, as well as by major shifts in social, cultural and moral values. This study examines the developments which so altered the country and its people.
An authoritative overview of the theoretical and methodological problems of the study of professions. Develops a systematic ideal type for professionalism based on fundamental concepts of the sociology of work.
This text examines sociological theories and arguments, providing extracts of primary source material, from both classical and contemporary theorists. Theorists are analysed within their historical and sociological framework and the text provides an analysis of developments within sociological thought and research
Examines assumptions underlying drug prohibition and explores the contradictions of drug prevention policies. This book combines an exploration of the global political and historical context with a focus on youth culture. It argues for an holistic understanding of drugs in society, which can be the basis for a coherent approach to drug control.
In this book, Richard Swedberg provides an easily accessible introduction to the topic of why do people behave as they do, starting with a history of the concept that covers the origin of the word and its early use in philosophy, political science, literature and everyday language.