Sociology, 9th Edition

The indispensable guide to understanding the world we make and the lives we lead.

This thoroughly revised and updated ninth edition remains unrivalled in its vibrant, engaging and authoritative introduction to sociology. The authors provide a commanding overview of the latest global developments and new ideas in this fascinating subject. Classic debates are also given careful coverage, with even the most complex ideas explained in a straightforward way.

Written in a fluent, easy-to-follow style, the book manages to be intellectually rigorous but still very accessible. With a strong focus on interactive pedagogy, it aims to engage and excite readers, helping them to see the enduring value of thinking sociologically.

The ninth edition includes:

• a solid foundation in the basics of sociology: its purpose, methodology and theories;
• up-to-the-minute overviews of key topics in social life, from gender, personal life and poverty, to globalization, the media and politics;
• stimulating examples of what sociology has to say about key issues in our contemporary world, such as climate change, growing inequality and rising polarization in societies across the world;
• a strong focus on global connections and the ways that digital technologies are radically transforming our lives;
• quality pedagogical features, such as ‘Classic Studies’ and ‘Global Society’ boxes, and ‘Thinking Critically’ reflection points, as well as end-of-chapter activities inviting readers to engage with popular culture and original research articles to gather sociological insights.

The ninth edition sets the standard for introductory sociology in a complex world. It is the ideal teaching text for first-year university and college courses, and will help to inspire a new generation of sociologists.

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  • March 2021
  • 1152 pages
  • 195 x 260 mm / 8 x 10 in
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  • 9781509539222
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Table of Contents
1 What is Sociology?
2 Asking and Answering Sociological Questions
3 Theories and Perspectives
4 Globalization and Social Change
5 The Environment
6 Global Inequality
7 Gender and Sexuality
8 Race, Ethnicity and Migration
9 Stratification and Social Class
10 Health, Illness and Disability
11 Poverty, Social Exclusion and Welfare
12 Social Interaction and Daily Life
13 Cities and Urban Life
14 The Life Course
15 Families and Intimate Relationships
16 Education
17 Work and Employment
18 Religion
19 The Media
20 Politics, Government and Social Movements
21 Nations, War and Terrorism
22 Crime and Deviance
About the Author

Anthony Giddens is the former director of the London School of Economics and Political Science, and is now a member of the UK House of Lords. He is one of the most influential sociologists of recent decades. His many books include The Third Way and The Consequences of Modernity.

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

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