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Polity is one of the world's leading publishers in sociology and social theory. We publish many of the key scholars in the field and our list has earned a reputation for innovative, cutting-edge publications. We also have a strong list of textbooks in sociology which are widely adopted at colleges and universities around the world.
Our authors include internationally renowned sociologists and social thinkers such as Pierre Bourdieu, Anthony Giddens, Ulrich Beck, Jürgen Habermas, Theodor W. Adorno, Zygmunt Bauman, Walter Benjamin, Norbert Elias, Jacques Derrida, Cornelius Castoriadis, André Gorz, Stuart Hall, Raewyn Connell, Jeffrey Weeks, Ann Oakley, Michèle Barrett, Lynne Segal, Nancy Fraser, Seyla Benhabib, Michael Mann, Anthony Smith, Claus Offe, Gøsta Esping-Andersen, Immanuel Wallerstein, Stan Cohen, Ray Pahl, Harold Garfinkel and Clifford Geertz.
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Giddens & Sutton: Sociology 7th Edition
The seventh edition of this indispensable resource continues from strength to strength to provide a vibrant, engaging and authoritative introduction to sociology. Revised and updated throughout, it provides in an accessible and easy-to-follow style a commanding overview of recent global developments and new ideas in sociology.
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Giddens & Sutton: Sociology: Introductory Readings 3rd edition
The third edition of this 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. It will be an essential resource for anyone who wishes to engage with the scope of sociological thought today.
Jones, Bradbury & Le Boutillier: Introducing Social Theory 2nd Edition
"An excellent primer for both undergraduate and postgraduate students interested in the theoretical and philosophical dimensions of the discipline. The work provides a clear and comprehensive account of the main positions and controversies in social theory. It will be required reading on university courses."
Anthony King, University of Exeter
Platt: Understanding Inequalities
"With razor sharp intellect, Platt explodes the myth of a classless, affluent, equitable British society by deconstructing the politically charged realities of decreasing social mobility, child poverty, and the growing divide between rich and poor. No politician, journalist, policy maker, academic or student who cares about social justice should be without this authoritative book."
Heidi Safia Mirza, Institute of Education, University of London
Martell: The Sociology of Globalization
"Globalization has become a central concept for understanding contemporary social processes and global crises. Martell has written an extremely lucid and comprehensive sociology of globalization that offers a welcome focus on political and economic issues whilst encompassing its cultural dimension. This book enriches our critical understanding of globalization."
Larry Ray, University of Kent
Gottfried: Gender, Work, and Economy
“Gottfried has written a thoughtful, comprehensive, theoretically insightful review of the field of gender and work, locating the discussion within the evolving context of globalization. The book would make a terrific backbone for an advanced undergraduate or introductory graduate seminar in gender and work or gender and globalization.”
Leslie Salzinger, University of California, Berkeley
"The most comprehensive, historical, and accessible treatment of the social science of organizations available now. It asks insightful questions, provides theoretically informed answers, will inspire students to study organizations and lay readers to critically evaluate the organizations surrounding us."
Kevin T. Leicht, University of Iowa
Steven Vallas: Work
"A leading sociologist in the fields of work, organizations, economy, and social theory, Vallas provides an innovative, erudite, exhaustive, and lucidly written synthesis and depiction of the evolution of research in the sociology of work. Linking the discipline to important economic and political developments of the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries, the book illumines pathways in this dynamic and central field of sociology for students, scholars and practitioners who are researching, teaching, and humanizing the world of work."
Daniel B. Cornfield, Vanderbilt University
Howson: The Body in Society 2nd edition
“Howson set out to write about everyday embodied experiences rather than the interests of professional sociologists. Perhaps that's why this is such a valuable resource for exactly those sociologists and their students. This revised version is a highly engaging, accessible and, above all, socially embedded introduction to this important area.”
Julie Brownlie, University of Stirling
Sarah Nettleton’s book has become a cornerstone text, popular with students and academics alike for its rigorous and accessible overview of the field. Thoroughly revised and fully updated, the third edition will prove invaluable to anyone looking for a clear, engaging introduction to contemporary debates within the sociology of health and illness.
Giuffre: Communities and Networks
Katherine Giuffre takes social network analysis and applies it to key issues of living in communities, exploring questions such as: How do communities shape our lives and identities? How do they foster conformity or innovation? This book points to a deeper understanding of social urban life and the relationships that build and break communities.
Rahman and Jackson: Gender and Sexuality
"The book offers a thorough overview both of long-standing debates around gender and sexuality, and of current issues. Not the least of its merits is its international focus, and it will prove invaluable for students exploring the diverse pattern of sexuality and gender in an age of globalization. The authors are at the cutting edge of their subject, and so is the book."
Jeffrey Weeks, London South Bank University
Erickson, Bradley, Stephenson and Williams: Business in Society
"This vibrant, thought-provoking book brings the insights of social science to business studies. With accessible language and illustrations, it introduces classical and contemporary theories and topical issues such as the environment, neoliberal policy, changing technologies and global interdependencies. It is one of the most comprehensive and imaginative contributions to the study of work, employment and society that I have read."
Anna Pollert, Bristol Business School
"In this ambitious but accessible text, Karen Wells analyses the social forces that contribute to the construction of childhood in today's global world. This book deserves a wide audience; it is smart and places the sociology of childhood at the centre of contemporary global politics and analysis."
Steven Seidman, State University of New York at Albany
"The revised edition of this valuable guide to designing research in the social sciences maintains its hallmark qualities: it is clearly organized yet broad ranging, and identifies the key issues which all robust social science research must confront while sharpening its approach to some of the most intractable and perennial research design questions. Above all, it is readable, versatile and intuitively applicable."
Randall Germain, Carleton University
"Ken Browne's text is an excellent introduction to sociology for students of all ages and aptitudes - clearly structured, well-organized and written in a way that is both informative and accessible. With the 4th edition, the best GCSE Sociology text just got even better..."
Chris Livesey, Sociology Central
Browne: Sociology for AS AQA 4th Edition
“This is a detailed yet very accessible book which provides both a general introduction to the subject and highly specific guidance on material focused on the AS examination. There is a good balance of sociological theory and up-to-date research evidence. Both students and teachers should find it invaluable as they embark on the study of sociology.”
David Gilmore, Cardinal Newman College, and Senior Examiner
Browne: Sociology for A2 AQA
"This is an excellent textbook which marries new and classic sociological theories and research in a very clear way, saving teachers time and making it interesting for students to understand - just what you would expect from the well-respected Ken Browne."
Christine Garnock-Jones, Silverdale School
Fournier: Émile Durkheim: A Biography
“Fournier is the greatest living scholar of French sociology. With this work, he gives us a new Durkheim, a man broiled in the political controversies of his time, an academic patriarch who laid the foundations for a more cultural sociology.”
Jeffrey C. Alexander, Yale University
Radkau: Max Weber: A Biography
"Radkau has provided a comprehensive, authoritative, balanced and nuanced view of the man we have come to know as the conflicted, driven, enigmatic genius of 20th-century modernity."
A demonstration of cosmopolitan politics in practice. It is more than a mirror: it is a magnifying glass that brings into focus the processes that are transforming our world and highlights the great challenges we face today, from one of the world’s leading sociologists and social thinkers.
Therborn: The World: A Beginner’s Guide
“Göran Therborn's The World: A Beginner's Guide, a survey of the present state, problems and outlook of the globe by a Swedish master sociologist, is one of the rare books that lives up to its title. It is lucid, intelligent about the future and admirably researched.”
Guardian, books of the year 2011
"A tour de force! Urry shows the centrality of the social - both to comprehend the meaning of the carbon catastrophe that besets us and, thereby, to discover the possibility of a post-carbon society. Essential reading for all"
Michael Burawoy, University of California, Berkeley
Polity’s new series of short volumes in the Economy and Society series provide sophisticated and engaging insight into key topics in economic sociology.
Polity’s new series of short volumes in the Political Sociology series provide sophisticated and engaging insight into key topics at the intersection of sociology and political science.
Polity’s new series of short volumes in the Immigration & Society series provide sophisticated and engaging insight into key topics of contemporary interest.