We use cookies to enhance your experience on our website. By continuing to use our website, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. You can change your cookie settings at any time. Find out more

E-book purchase
Choose a subscription

Downloaded copy on your device does not expire. Includes 4 years of Bookshelf Online.


Where applicable, tax will be added to the above price prior to payment.

E-book purchasing help



Fourth Edition

James Fulcher and John Scott

Publication Date - 08 May 2011

ISBN: 9780199563753

912 pages
10.4 x 7.7 inches

An authoritative and theoretically grounded approach to sociology


The fourth edition of Fulcher and Scott's Sociology provides an authoritative and theoretically grounded approach to sociology, covering both classic and contemporary research. It provides the context for debate and discussion that enables students to develop their critical awareness skills. Contemporary issues such as anti-social behavior are reinforced with recent research, bolstering the text's student-centreded approach. This edition also looks at popular culture and recent developments in social networking and online identities.


  • 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.

About the Author(s)

James Fulcher is Lecturer in Sociology in the Department of Sociology at the University of Leicester.

John Scott is Professor of Sociology in the Department of Sociology, and Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research) at the University of Plymouth.

Previous Publication Date(s)

March 2007
January 2003
January 1999

Table of Contents

    Part One - Thinking Sociologically: Theory and Methods
    1. What is sociology?
    2. Theories and theorizing
    3. Methods and research
    Part Two - Social Identities
    4. Socialization, identity, and interaction
    5. Sex, gender, and sexuality
    6. Racial and ethnic identities
    7. Crime and deviance
    8. Body, health, and medicine
    Part Three - Culture, Knowledge and Belief
    9. Education
    10. Communication and the media
    11. Religion, belief, and meaning
    Part Four - Social Organization and Control
    12. Family and life course
    13. Cities and community
    14. Organization, management, and control
    15. The state, social policy and welfare
    16. Globalization
    Part Five - Production, Inequalities, and Social Divisions
    17. Work, employment, and leisure
    18. Inequality, poverty, and wealth
    19. Stratification, class, and status
    20. Power, division, and protest

Teaching Resources

Online Resources

For Students

* Case studies:

each chapter has a case study that draws on recent sociological research and news from the popular media with questions

* MCQs:

bank of self-marking multiple-choice questions for each chapter

* Web links:

series of annotated web links organized by chapter

* Interactive revision activities

* Information and advice on careers:

provides guidance on sociology career options and links to sources of further information. This expands on the information on careers provided in chapter 1.

For Instructors

* Further collection of case studies for group tutorial work and assignments, accompanied by critical thinking questions

* Bank of essay and short answer questions for each chapter.

* PowerPoint-based slides for lecturer presentations arranged by chapter.

* Comprehensive Instructor's Manual, includes lecturer outline and teaching activities.

* Guide to discussion points at the end of each chapter.

Related Titles