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Sociology : A Very Short Introduction - Steve Bruce


A Very Short Introduction

Paperback Published: 11th October 2018
ISBN: 9780198822967
Number Of Pages: 136

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Drawing on studies of social class, crime and deviance, education, work in bureaucracies and changes in religious and political organizations, this Very Short Introduction explores the tension between the individual's place in society and society's role in shaping the individual, and demonstrates the value of sociology for understanding the modern world.

In this new edition Steve Bruce discusses the continuing arguments for social egalitarianism, considering issues such as gay marriage, women in combat roles, and the 2010 Equality Act to debunk contemporary arguments against parity. As gender divisions are increasingly questioned he looks ahead to the likely consequences of this for society. Delving into the theory of sociology, Bruce also argues that the habit of dividing sociology into apparently competing 'sects' is misleading, and shows how a new understanding of the disciplinary background of many of the most famous theorists, which shows that much social theory is actually philosophy or literary theory, will prove useful to today's sociologists.

ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

Industry Reviews

Steve Bruce is the perfect guide: he knows the field, he knows whats important, and he knows how to tell a story. The result is a rarity: a page-turner about sociology. * David Voas, University College London *
Wise, informative, and entertaining. Everyone new to the subject should start here. * Professor Gordon Marshall FBA, The Leverhulme Trust *

Introduction 1: The status of sociology 2: Social constructions 3: Causes and consequences 4: The modern world 5: What sociology is not Further reading Index

ISBN: 9780198822967
ISBN-10: 0198822960
Series: Very Short Introductions
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 136
Published: 11th October 2018
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 17.27 x 10.67  x 1.02
Weight (kg): 0.11
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised

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