SociologyIntroductory Readings
Sociology
Introductory Readings, 3rd Edition

The third edition of this best-selling introductory reader in sociology has been thoroughly restructured, and fully revised and updated to offer a stimulating and wide-ranging set of readings for students approaching sociology for the first time. A strong emphasis has been placed on creating a productive mixture of classic and contemporary readings which is highly readable and lively, yet remains challenging. Whilst particularly useful as a companion to the eighth edition of Giddens and Sutton’s Sociology, the reader is designed for use independently or alongside other textbooks.

The reader maintains the distinctive approach which Sociology pioneered: strongly comparative and historically informed, it stresses the influence of globalizing trends in social life. The carefully selected readings range from studies of face-to-face interaction through to the analysis of large-scale global systems, and cover sociological theories of society as well as research methods. Amongst the new selections in this volume are readings on the Internet and virtual communities, the impact of ecological thinking and climate change on social science, offshoring and the future of work, global cities, patriarchy and shifting gender relations, intersecting social inequalities, the idea and practice of restorative justice, new forms of cybercrime, war, terrorism and the prospects for a global cosmopolitan democracy. The readings are arranged in ten thematic sections and each section is preceded by a summary in order to facilitate students’ comprehension and critical reflection.

The result is an exciting new text that encompasses the major themes and debates in both classical and contemporary sociology. Sociology: Introductory Readings will be an essential resource for anyone who wishes to engage with the scope of sociological thought today.

Further resources can be found at www.politybooks.com/giddens.

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  • April 2010
  • 376 pages
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Table of Contents
Introduction - The Sociological Perspective
1. C. Wright-Mills - Private Troubles, Public Issues
2. Anthony Giddens - The Scope of Sociology
3. Richard Jenkins - What is Sociology For?
Further Reading

PART 1 Theories of Society
4. Karl Marx - Human History as Class Conflict
5. Emile Durkheim - From Mechanical to Organic Solidarity
6. Sylvia Walby - Structuring Patriarchal Societies
7. Zygmunt Bauman - Intimations of Postmodernity
8. Anthony Giddens - Riding the Juggernaut of Modernity
Further Reading

PART 2 Research Methods
9. Alan Bryman - Quantitative versus Qualitative Methods?
10. Alan Buckingham & Peter Saunders - What is a Social Survey?
11. Barbara Merrill & Linden West - Researching Individual Lives
12. Philip Abrams - Sociology's Historical Imagination
13. Loïc Wacquant - Participant Observation / Observant Participation
Further Reading

PART 3 Natural and Urban Environments
14. Georg Simmel - Individuality in the Modern City
15. Richard Sennett - Creating Humane Cities
16. Saskia Sassen - The Global City
17. Riley E. Dunlap - A New Ecological Paradigm for Sociology
18. Anthony Giddens - A Politics for Global Warming
Further Reading

PART 4 Institutions and Organizations
19. Max Weber - The Spirit of Capitalism
20. Emile Durkheim - The Essence of Religion
21. Göran Therborn - Families in Global Perspective
22. John Taylor Gatto - The Hidden Curriculum - A Teacher's View
23. Alan S. Blinder - Work in the Next Industrial Revolution
Further Reading

PART 5 Social Inequalities
24. Wendy Bottero - What is Social Stratification?
25. Simone De Beauvoir - Woman - The Second Sex?
26. Patricia Hill Collins - Intersecting Inequalities
27. Rosemary Crompton - The Rise, Fall and Rise of Social Class
28. Colin Barnes, Geof Mercer & Tom Shakespeare - The Social Model of Disability
Further Reading

PART 6 Relationships and the Life-course
29. Stephen Hunt - Life Cycle or Life Course?
30. Jeffrey Weeks - Social Constructions of Sexuality
31. Ulrich Beck & Elisabeth Beck-Gernsheim -
The Normal Chaos of Love
32. Bill Bytheway - Ageing and Ageism
33. Norbert Elias - The Loneliness of the Dying
Further Reading

PART 7 Interaction and Communication
34. Erving Goffman - Presenting the Self in Social Life
35. Iris Marion Young - Throwing Like a Girl
36. Jack G. Shaheen - Hollywood's Misrepresentation of Arabs
37. James Slevin - The Internet Galaxy
38. Howard Rheingold - Building Virtual Communities
Further Reading

PART 8 Health and the Body
39. Bryan S. Turner - Defending Parsons' Sick Role
40. Lesley Doyal - What Makes Women Sick?
41. Mike Bury - The Experience of Illness and Recovery
42. Ivan Illich - The Problem with Medicine
43. Chris Shilling - Sociology and the Body
Further Reading

PART 9 Crime and Deviance
44. Emile Durkheim - The Normality of Deviance
45. Robert Merton - Crime as a Deviant Adaptation
46. Michel Foucault - The Birth of the Prison
47. John Braithwaite - Principles of Restorative Justice
48. David S. Wall - How Serious are 'Cybercrimes'?
Further Reading

PART 10 Political Sociology
49. Steven Lukes - Defining Power
50. Mary Kaldor - New Wars in a Global Age
51. David S. Meyer and Sidney Tarrow - The Social Movement Society?
52. Walter Laqueur - The New Terrorism
53. Daniele Archibugi - Cosmopolitan Democracy
Further Reading

About the Author
Anthony Giddens is former director of the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Philip W. Sutton is formerly of the University of Leeds and Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen.

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