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Sociology: A Very Short Introduction

Steve Bruce

Publication Date - June 2000

ISBN: 9780192853806

120 pages
Paperback

In Stock

Retail Price to Students: $11.95

Description

Steve Bruce conveys the essence of the field of sociology in this fascinating volume. A well-known populizer of the discipline, Bruce presents here an introduction to a way of thinking that will appeal to anyone interested in deepening their understanding of modern society.

Bruce reasserts the value of sociology as a social science, as a framework of understanding the human condition that grounds its explanations in reliable observations of the real world. Drawing on studies of social class, crime and deviance, work in bureaucracies, and changes in religious and political organizations, Bruce explores the tension between the individual's role in society and society's role in shaping the individual. Sociology: A Very Short Introduction demonstrates the value of sociology as a perspective for understanding the modern world.

About the Series: Combining authority with wit, accessibility, and style, Very Short Introductions offer an introduction to some of life's most interesting topics. Written by experts for the newcomer, they demonstrate the finest contemporary thinking about the central problems and issues in hundreds of key topics, from philosophy to Freud, quantum theory to Islam.

Features

  • Demonstrates the value of sociology as a perspective for understanding the modern world
  • Draws on studies of social class, crime and deviance, work in bureaucracies, and changes in religious and political organizations

Table of Contents

    Preface; Acknowledgements; 1. The Status of Sociology; 2. Social Constructions; 3. Causes and Consequences; 4. The Modern World; 5. The Imposters; Further Reading

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