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An Introduction to Sociology - J. E. Goldthorpe

An Introduction to Sociology

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Published: 22nd April 1985
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This has proved to be an excellent introduction to what sociology is and what kinds of information and useful knowledge the practice of this discipline provides. In discussing family structure, the relation between the economy and society, social class, social control, and religion, the author uses appropriate examples of African experience. For this third edition, Dr Goldthorpe has thoroughly revised the text to take account of the changes affecting men and women in contemporary societies. Major revisions have been made to the chapter on the family, in the light of recent research on child care. The chapter on social class has been extensively revised to incorporate new material (including work by the author's namesake J. H. Goldthorpe) on social mobility and inequality in contemporary societies, and the debate on socialism has been updated. Changes have been made too in the passages on hunting and food-gathering societies, and on peasants, while there has been a general up dating of statistics, references, and suggestions for further reading throughout.

'This is a thoroughly sound and authoritative introduction to sociology written with a simple directness and clarity that is difficult in any subject and rare indeed in sociology. Care has been taken with the vocabulary and concepts are skilfully clarified. In consequence it is a work that can be genuinely recommended to an uninitiated reader, unlike many so-called introductory texts.' The Times Educational Supplement ' ... the sociological perspective takes on new gravity when familiar concepts like law, custom, legitimacy and authority are viewed in regard to the management of historically continuing social conflict. The African setting, in fact, gives the author's presentation of sociological variables the seriousness that one finds in such great thinkers as Plato, Hobbes, Marx and Weber - but not often in introductory text.' American Sociological Review

Forewordp. vii
Author's preface to the third editionp. ix
Sociology
What is sociology?p. 3
Sociology and social anthropologyp. 31
What sociologists dop. 44
Social Institutions
Kinship, marriage and the familyp. 73
Technology, economy and societyp. 111
Social classp. 140
Aggression, conflict and social controlp. 163
Magic, religion and societyp. 193
Notesp. 216
Indexp. 226
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ISBN: 9780521287791
ISBN-10: 0521287790
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 244
Published: 22nd April 1985
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.8  x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.32
Edition Number: 3
Edition Type: Revised