An Introduction to Sociology
An Introduction to Sociology, 5th Edition

This fifth edition of <i>An Introduction to Sociology</i> provides an accessible and engaging introduction to sociology, without oversimplifying or passing over the important and exciting insights sociology has to offer.


Building on the book's existing achievements, Ken Browne has restructured the fifth edition to focus on the core issues in sociology considered in introductory courses. The book covers all the topics and options specified by the GCSE and IGCSE examining boards, including the required classic texts and theoretical perspectives which are helpfully applied throughout the chapters. The new edition has been completely updated to reflect contemporary social changes, including the latest statistics and topical illustrative examples. New material is to be found throughout, such as more extensive treatment of family and household diversity, the marketization of education, social inequality, the control and prevention of crime, and the effects of new media technologies.


Carefully designed to support and extend students' learning, a number of features – such as a range of activities, questions and discussion points – add to the book's value as a learning and teaching resource. Explanatory graphics, photographs and cartoons also enliven the text, presenting sociology as an exciting and relevant topic to students of all ages, interests and abilities.


The new edition of this highly successful textbook will prove invaluable to anyone first approaching sociology, especially on Access, GCSE and related courses. Students will find the book provides an easy-to-follow and thoughtful introduction to studying sociology.

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  • January 2020
  • 630 pages
  • 195 x 260 mm / 8 x 10 in
Available Formats
  • Paperback $39.95
  • 9781509528004
  • Open eBook $31.99
  • 9781509528035
Table of Contents

Click below to see how the contents of the book map onto the specification for:
AQA GCSE Sociology
WJEC Eduqas GCSE Sociology
Cambridge IGCSE Sociology

1 The Sociological Approach: Key Ideas and Concepts

2 Sociological Theories and Research Methods

3 Families

4 Education

5 Crime and Deviance

6 Social Stratification and Social Inequality

7 The Media

8 Health and Illness (online chapter)

About the Author
Ken Browne was a Lecturer in Sociology at North Warwickshire and Hinckley College, UK, before retiring. He is the author of several bestselling texts, including Sociology for AQA Volume 1 (Polity 2015) and Volume 2 (Polity 2016).
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"In a world increasingly characterized by information overload, we are in ever more need of a guide who can separate the wheat from the chaff, who can show the difference between opinions and evidence, and perhaps most importantly indicate the ways in which research, when properly used by politicians and practitioners, can help to improve the lives of our fellow citizens. I am delighted once again to have the chance to recommend Ken Browne as just such a guide for anyone embarking upon the path to sociology."
Laurie Taylor

"The 5th edition of An Introduction to Sociology continues to support and stretch GCSE Sociology students through its use of clear, concise text that both informs and asks students to reflect on and question the world in which they live."
Chris Livesey, Sociology Central

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