Sociology: Introductory Readings
Sociology: Introductory Readings, 4th Edition

The fourth edition of this best-selling introductory reader has been thoroughly revised and updated to offer a stimulating and wide-ranging set of readings for anyone who wishes to engage with the scope of sociological thought today.

The book delivers a productive mix of classic, provocative and contemporary readings, highly readable and lively, yet retaining their critical bite. Whilst ideal as a companion to the ninth edition of Giddens and Sutton’s <i>Sociology</i>, the reader can equally be used independently or alongside other textbooks.

Readings are grouped around ten key sociological themes, with a sustained emphasis on comparative, globally and historically informed work. The carefully curated collection ranges from studies of face-to-face interaction through to the analysis of large-scale global systems, covering both the theory and practice of sociology. Amongst the new selections in this volume are readings on the decolonial turn; the persistence of racism and activism for Black Lives; global health issues and the social impacts of COVID-19; digital sociology and the digitization of social life; feminist research and ongoing forms of misogyny; climate change and the Anthropocene; wealth inequality, populism and the rise of ‘fake news’. Each of the thematic sections is preceded by a discussion and followed by further reading to facilitate students’ comprehension and critical reflection.

The result is an exciting companion that encompasses the major themes and debates in both classical and contemporary sociology. <i>Sociology: Introductory Readings</i> will be an essential resource for all students of sociology.

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Table of Contents
Introduction – The Sociological Perspective
1. W.E.B. Du Bois – Sociology as the Science of Social Life
2. C. Wright Mills – The Promise of Sociology
3. Norbert Elias – The Sociologist as Destroyer of Myths
4. Raewyn Connell – Decolonizing Sociology
5. Zygmunt Bauman & Tim May – Understanding Ourselves and Others
Further Reading

PART 1 Thinking Sociologically
6. Karl Marx & Friedrich Engels – The Capitalist Revolution
7. Pierre Bourdieu – Tastes, Distinctions and Social Structure
8. Patricia Hill Collins – Learning from the Outsiders Within
9. Anthony Giddens – The Consequences of Modernity
10. Gurminder K. Bhambra – Sociology After the Postcolonial Turn
Further Reading

PART 2 Doing Sociology
11. Émile Durkheim – Treat Social Facts as Things
12. Philip Abrams – Sociology’s Historical Imagination
13. Emma Pullen, Daniel Jackson & Michael Silk – Mixing Methods in Empirical Research
14. Noortje Marres – Digital Sociology: Opportunities and Dangers
15. Patricia Leavy & Anne Harris – What is Feminist Research?
Further Reading

PART 3 Environment and Urbanism
16. Georg Simmel – The Metropolis and Mental Life
17. John Urry – A Sociology of Climate Change
18. Elijah Anderson – Navigating the ‘White Space’
19. AbdouMaliq Simone & Edgar Pieterse – Urban Transitions in the Global South
20. Rolf Lidskog & Claire Waterton – Entering an Anthropocene Era?
Further Reading

PART 4 Structures of Society
21. Max Weber – Religion and the Origins of Capitalism
22. Teri L. Caraway – The Feminization of Work
23. Deborah Chambers & Pablo Gracia – Families and Personal Life
24. Christy Kulz – Schools: Challenging or Reproducing Social Inequalities?
25. Shoshana Zuboff – Capitalism and the Digital Revolution
Further Reading

PART 5 Social Inequalities
26. Kimberlé Crenshaw – Intersectionality: Structural and Political
27. Fiona Kumari Campbell – Producing Disability and Abledness
28. Thomas Piketty – Wealth Concentration and Inequality
29. Michael Banton – Racial Distinctions and Social Structures
30. Clare Lyonette & Rosemary Crompton – ‘Doing Gender’ via Domestic Labour
Further Reading

PART 6 Relationships and the Life Course
31. George Herbert Mead – I, Me and the Social Self
32. Carol Smart – Towards a Sociology of Personal Life
33. Eva Illouz – Love as a Sociological Problem
34. Stephen J. Hunt – From the Life Cycle to the Life Course
35. Lorraine Green – The Significance of Generational Experience
Further Reading

PART 7 Interaction and Communication
36. Erving Goffman – Self Preservation and Impression Management
37. Randall Collins – Violence in Sociological Perspective
38. Sheila Jeffreys – Misogyny, Beauty and Body Modification
39. Susie Scott – Constructing and Negotiating Social Identity
40. Dominic Malcolm – Knowledge Production in a Post-Truth World
Further Reading

PART 8 Health, Illness and the Body
41. Peter Conrad – The Medical Re-Definition of Social Life
42. Richard Wilkinson & Kate Pickett – Does Inequality Cause Poor Health Outcomes?
43. Sarah Nettleton – Challenging the Dominance of Biomedicine
44. William C. Cockerham – Health and Illness in Sociological Perspective
45. Jens O. Zinn – The Exceptional and the Normal After COVID-19
Further Reading

PART 9 Crime and Social Control
46. Howard Becker – The Social Construction of Outsiders
47. Michel Foucault – Penal Regimes: From Torture to Timetables
48. Loïc Wacquant – Race, Blackness and Exclusion in the USA
49. David S. Wall – The Digital Transformation of Criminality
50. Katherine Beckett & Steve Herbert – Back to the Future: The Return of Banishment
Further Reading

PART 10 Political Sociology
51. Steven Lukes – Conceptualizing Power in Sociological Theory
52. Michael Mann – Ethnic Cleansing and the Dark Side of Democracy
53. Bart Bonikowski – Populist Politics and Mobilization
54. Leonie B. Jackson – Islamophobia: The Making of a Muslim Enemy
55. Marcia Mundt, Karen Ross & Charla M. Burnett – Social Media Use in Black Lives Matter Activism
Further Reading
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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