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Published: 08 May 2011

912 Pages | 182 figs and tables, 236 photos

10.4 x 7.7 inches

ISBN: 9780199563753

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Fourth Edition

James Fulcher and John Scott

  • Deals clearly with the complexity of sociological issues; students working through the chapters will develop the skills to understand and debate these issues.
  • Demonstrates the common themes that cut across different areas of the subject; each chapter encourages students to view social issues from a range of different perspectives.
  • Features "Global boxes" and international examples throughout the text, but also examines local responses, providing a strong 'local-global' balance.
  • Includes more than 100 color photos.
  • "Workshops" consolidate the end-of-chapter material.
  • "Media Watch" stories examine articles from the media and relate them back to the core chapter issues.
  • Useful hints and cross-references help to build connections.
  • New "Concepts and Theories" section in each chapter introduces 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 on education, with a new section on disability.
  • 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.

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