Short Introductions

Gender is for sure the best short introduction to the complex field of gender studies. Raewyn Connell's decades of passionate intellectual engagement as a teacher, cutting-edge scholar and advocate of a perspective from the global south make her books a lively, accessible and a compelling read.”

— Paula-Irene Villa, University of Munich

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“Hartley Dean's introduction breathes new life into the study of social policy. Lively and entertaining, it provides a welcome reminder of what social policy offers for human wellbeing in the twenty-first century and should enthuse all students approaching the subject for the first time.”

— Polly Toynbee

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“The best introduction to the field available. Gray and Lotz present a comprehensive synthesis of the theories and methods that have defined television studies so far, bringing together a wide range of critical models for studying the medium's past, present and future. Undergraduates will love this highly engaging book.”

— Laurie Ouellette, University of Minnesota

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“A rare accomplishment. Quite the best introductory text in international relations I have ever seen.”

— Matt Hills, Cardiff University

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“Stuart Henry has done a remarkable job of introducing the student to what is perhaps the most intriguing subject in the undergraduate curriculum--the sociology of deviance. Yes, deviance is alive and well. Pick up this book and read it. It is a brisk, engaging, and informative account of normative violations and their aftermath. Our students will enjoy and learn from it.”

— Erich Goode, State University of New York at Stony Brook

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This short and accessible introduction will appeal to anyone with an interest in social work including those considering becoming a social worker. It will affirm the valuable contribution social workers can make to human wellbeing and demonstrate how the promise and potential of social work can be, and is, realized.

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The book provides a lively introduction international development studies today. It seeks to enthuse readers about the subject and encourages them to delve further into this hugely important topic. It is aimed especially – but not exclusively – at higher education students, including those approaching the subject for the first time.

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Michael Bury provides a lively introduction to the sociology of health and illness for students approaching the topic for the first time. Drawing on classic writings and up-to-date research, he contends that the study of health and illness can give us important insights into the changing nature of contemporary culture and society.

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This lively and assured book provides a concise and authoritative critical guide to Cultural Studies. Packed with illuminating examples, and a clear and compelling prose style, the book is the antidote to abstract, hazy accounts of the meaning and value of Cultural Studies. It is the ideal text for readers new to the field, but it will also be appreciated by established practitioners as ‘good to think with’.

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Short Introductions

Polity Short Introductions are masterly overviews of the main areas of the social sciences, health and social care, and humanities. Leading academics guide the reader through the main dilemmas, controversies and challenges in each discipline.

Offering an enticing invitation to consider the key issues, the lively and personable style of these volumes sets them apart from conventional introductory texts.