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Published: 17 March 2011

912 Pages | 182 figs and tables, 236 photos


ISBN: 9780199563753

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Fourth Edition

James Fulcher and John Scott

  • Deals clearly with the full complexity of sociological issues, examining questions of theory and method in all the substantive chapters, and presenting clear accounts of major studies.
  • Applies sociology to important issues of contemporary debate, such as global warming, faith schools, and violence in the media.
  • Integrates the subject by bringing different topics together through connection boxes, while also covering the full range of approaches to particular issues.
  • Takes full account of globalizing processes with 'Global boxes' and international examples throughout the text but also emphasizes local responses; providing a strong 'local-global' balance.
  • The use of case studies and the highly visual appeal with use of over 100 colour photos, help to bring the subject to life.
  • 'Workshops' that consolidate the end-of-chapter material.
  • 'Media Watch' stories that examine articles from the media and relate them back to the core chapter issues.
  • Useful hints and cross-references to help you build connections.
  • Full index highlights the page numbers where key concepts are discussed.

New to this Edition:

  • A new 'Concepts and Theories' section in each chapter to introduce each topic.
  • Greater coverage of feminist theories and post-modern theories.
  • More attention to global perspectives, with a diverse selection of global examples.
  • Greater integration of new technologies with increased coverage of online identities, cyber ethnography, and the digital world throughout the text.
  • Discussion of the relationship between social networking sites and the media.
  • New developments in education, with a new section on disability.
  • Greater coverage of Scotland, Ireland, and Wales, taking account of devolution.
  • A discussion of sharia law.
  • Analysis of the current crisis of capitalism and the state's response to it.
  • New material on sex work and AIDS.
  • New material on the sociology of sport.
  • Expanded online resource centre with new features including: guidance on careers available to students; and guide to discussion points at the end of chapter.

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