- Giddens, Anthony.
- Sutton, Philip W.
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- 9780745643571 (hbk.)
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- Previous ed.: 2006.
- Includes bibliographical references and index.
- Contents * Preface to the sixth edition * Acknowledgements * About this book * Organization of the book 1. What is Sociology? 2. Asking and Answering Sociological Questions 3. Theories and Perspectives in Sociology 4. Globalization and the Changing World 5. The Environment 6. Cities and Urban Life 7. Social Interaction and Everyday Life 8. The Life-Course 9. Families and Intimate Relationships 10. Health, Illness and Disability 11. Stratification and Class 12. Poverty, Social Exclusion and Welfare 13. Global Inequality 14. Sexuality and Gender 15. 'Race', Ethnicity and Migration 16. Religion 17. The Media 18. Organizations and Networks 19. Education 20. Work and Economic Life 21. Crime and Deviance 22. Politics, Government and Social Movements 23. Nations, War and Terrorism * Glossary * References * Index .Detailed Contents * Preface to the sixth edition * Acknowledgements * About this book * Major themes * New features * Organization of the book 1. What is Sociology? * The sociological imagination * Studying people and society * The development of sociological thinking * Theories and theoretical perspectives * Founders of Sociology * Modern theoretical approaches * Theoretical thinking in sociology * Levels of analysis: microsociology and macrosociology * Why study sociology? * Summary points * Further reading * Internet links 2. Asking and Answering Sociological Questions * Human subjects and ethical problems * Sociological questions * Is sociology scientific? * The research process * Understanding cause and effect * Causation and correlation * Research methods * Ethnography * Surveys * Experiments * Biographical research * Comparative research * Historical analysis * Comparative-historical research * Sociological research in the real world * Restating the obvious? * The influence of sociology * Summary points * Further reading * Internet links 3. Theories and Perspectives in Sociology * Towards sociology * Positivism and social evolution * Karl Marx - the capitalist revolution * Establishing sociology * Emile Durkheim - the social level of reality * Max Weber - capitalism and religion * Theoretical dilemmas * Social structure and human action * Consensus or conflict? * The neglected issue of gender * The direction of social change * The transformation of societies - and sociology * Gender equality and feminist theory * Poststructuralism and postmodernity * Globalization, risk and the 'revenge' of nature * Conclusion * Summary points * Further reading * Internet links 4. Globalization and the Changing World * Types of society * A disappearing world: the fate of pre-modern societies * The modern world: the industrialized societies * Global development * Social change * Influences on social change * Change in the modern period * Globalization * Factors contributing to globalization * Contesting globalization * The impact of globalization * Conclusion: the need for global governance * Summary points * Further reading * Internet links 5. The Environment * Nature, the environment and sociology * Defining nature and the environment * Sociology and the environment * What are environmental issues? * Pollution and waste * Resource depletion * Genetic modification of food * Global warming * Sociological theories and ecological sustainability * Consumerism and environmental damage * Limits to growth and sustainable development * Living in the global 'risk society' * Ecological modernization * Environmental justice and ecological citizenship * Conclusion * Summary points * Further reading * Internet links 6. Cities and Urban Life * Theorizing urbanism * The Chicago School * Urbanism and the created environment * Evaluation * The development of the city * Cities in traditional societies * Industrialization and urbanization * The development of the modern city
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