Sociology, 8th Edition

Now in its eighth edition, this continues to be the indispensable guide to understanding the world we make and the lives we lead.

Revised and updated throughout, it remains unrivalled in its vibrant, engaging and authoritative introduction to sociology. The authors provide a commanding overview of recent global developments and new ideas in sociology. Classic debates are also given careful coverage, with even the most complex ideas explained in an engaging 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 eighth 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 growing inequality, climate change and the rise of terrorism;
  • a strong focus on global sociology and the ways that digital technologies are radically transforming our world;
  • 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 eighth edition sets the standard for introductory sociology. Complete with extensive supporting resources at, 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 2017
  • 1152 pages
  • 195 x 260 mm / 8 x 10 in
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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 Cities and Urban Life

7 Work and the Economy

8 Social Interaction and Daily Life

9 The Life Course

10 Families and Intimate Relationships

11 Health, Illness and Disability

12 Stratification and Social Class

13 Poverty, Social Exclusion and Welfare

14 Global Inequality

15 Gender and Sexuality

16 Race, Ethnicity and Migration

17 Religion

18 The Media

19 Education

20 Crime and Deviance

21 Politics, Government and Social Movements

22 Nations, War and Terrorism


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 House of Lords. His many books include Turbulent and Mighty Continent, The Third Way and The Consequences of Modernity.

Read an interview with Anthony Giddens in Times Higher Education.

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

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