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Sociology / Anthony Giddens

Main Author Giddens, Anthony Country Reino Unido. Edition 3rd ed Publication Cambridge : Polity Press, 1997 Description XIV, 625 p. : il. ; 25 cm ISBN 0-7456-1803-0 CDU 316
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

Sociology is the leading introduction to its field in the world today.

The Third Edition preserves the lucidity, liveliness and comprehensive quality which marked the book in its earlier versions. Yet much of the text in this edition is completely new. All the empirical materials have been brought up to date. There are many fresh sections, covering issues ranging from ethnic struggles and changes in class structure through to eating disorders and the expanding impact of information technology. Recent developments in social theory are also incorporated. New chapters include 'The Sociology of the Body', 'Mass Media' and 'Popular Culture', and 'The Sociology of Education'.

The book is strongly comparative, stressing as it does the essential influence of globalizing influences upon social life.

Numerous student learning aids are provided, as well as many figures and diagrams. As a result, Sociology is a state-of-the-art account of the subject.

Written by an author of international reputation, the book combines originality and accessibility in an indispensable textbook for all beginning students in sociology.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • 1 What is Sociology?
  • The Sociological Perspective
  • Studying Sociology
  • The Development of Sociological Thinking
  • Theories and Theoretical Approaches
  • Early Theorists
  • Modern Theoretical Approaches
  • Theoretical Thinking in Sociology
  • Levels of Analysis: Microsociology and Macrosociology
  • How Can Sociology Help Us in Our Lives?
  • Summary
  • 2 Globalisation and The Changing World
  • Types of Society
  • A Disappearing World: Pre-modern Societies and their Fate
  • The Modern World: the Industrialised Societies
  • Global Development
  • Social Change
  • Influences on Social Change
  • Change in the Modern Period
  • Globalisation
  • Factors Contributing to Globalisation
  • The Globalisation Debate
  • The Impact of Globalisation
  • Conclusion: The Need for Global Governance
  • Summary Points
  • Questions for Further Thought
  • Further Reading
  • Internet Links
  • 3 Asking and Answering Sociological Questions
  • Why Hang Out in Public Toilets? Sociological Questions
  • Taking a Scientific Approach
  • The Research Process
  • Defining the Research Problem
  • Reviewing the Evidence
  • Making the Problem Precise
  • Working Out a Design
  • Carrying Out the Research
  • Interpreting the Results
  • Reporting the Findings
  • Reality Intrudes! Understanding Cause and Effect
  • Causation and Correlation
  • Research Methods
  • Ethnography
  • Surveys
  • Experiments
  • Life Histories
  • Comparative Research
  • Historical Analysis
  • Combining Comparative and Historical Research
  • Research in the Real World: Methods, Problems, and Pitfalls
  • Human Subjects and Ethical Problems
  • Is Sociology Merely a Restatement of the Obvious? The Influence of Sociology
  • Summary
  • Questions for Further Thought
  • Further Reading
  • Internet Links
  • 4 Theoretical Thinking in Sociology
  • Max Weber: The Protestant Ethic
  • Four theoretical Issues
  • 1 Structure and Action
  • 2 Consensus and Conflict
  • 3 The Issue of Gender
  • 4 The Shaping of the Modern World
  • Current Sociological Theory
  • Postmodernism
  • Michel Foucault
  • Four Contemporary Sociologists
  • J8rgen Habermas: Democracy and the Public Sphere
  • Ulrich Beck: The Global Risk Society
  • Manuel Castells: The Network Economy
  • Anthony Giddens: Social Reflexivity
  • Conclusion
  • Summary Points
  • Questions for Further Thought
  • Further Reading
  • Bibliography
  • 5 Social Interaction and Everyday Life
  • The Study of Daily Life
  • Nonverbal Communication
  • "Face," Gestures and Emotion
  • Nonverbal Communication and Gender
  • The Social Rules of Interaction
  • Shared Understandings
  • Garfinkel's Experiments
  • "Interactional Vandalism"
  • Response Cries
  • Face, Body and Speech in Interaction
  • Encounters
  • Impression Management
  • Personal space
  • Interaction in Time and Space
  • Clock Time
  • Social Life and the Ordering of space and time
  • Everyday Life in Ccultural and Historical Perspective
  • The Social Construction of Reality: The Sociological Debate
  • Social Interaction in Cyberspace
  • Conclusion: The Compulsion of Proximity?
  • Summary Points
  • 6 Socialisation, The Life-Course and Ageing
  • Culture, Society, and Child Socialisation
  • Theories of Child Development
  • Agencies of Socialisation
  • Gender Socialisation
  • Reactions of Parents and Adults
  • Gender Learning
  • Storybooks and Television
  • The Difficulty of Nonsexist Child Rearing
  • Gender Socialisation: The Sociological Debate
  • Socialisation through the Life Course
  • Childhood
  • The Teenager
  • Young Adulthood
  • Mature Adulthood
  • Old Age
  • Ageing
  • How Do People Age? Ageing in the UK
  • The Politics of Ageing
  • The Greying of the World Population
  • Summary
  • Further Reading
  • Internet Links
  • 7 Families and Intimate Rel

Author notes provided by Syndetics

Anthony Giddens, a British sociologist, was educated at Hull, the London School of Economics, and Cambridge, and is a fellow of King's College, Cambridge. His interests have been varied, but they tend to focus on questions related to the macro-order. Much of his theoretical writing deals with stratification, class, and modernity. Although he has concentrated on dynamic issues of social structure, he has also examined how social psychological concerns are part of this broader order of human relations.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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