9780745643571

Sociology

Giddens, Anthony

ISBN 10: 0745643574 / 0-7456-4357-4
ISBN 13: 9780745643571
Publisher: Blackwell Pub
Publication Date: 2009
Binding: Hardcover
Editorial Reviews for this title:
Synopsis:
This fully revised and updated version of Anthony Giddens' "Sociology", now in its fifth edition, offers an unrivalled introduction for students new to the subject - lucid, lively, authoritative and original. Written by one of the world's leading sociologists, this comprehensive textbook manages to be clear, accessible and jargon-free, but without oversimplifying complex debates. Earlier editions of "Sociology" broke new ground by incorporating cutting-edge debates, such as the impact of globalisation, into an introductory text. This fifth edition remains a state of the art textbook, with fresh and engaging new material added throughout. While covering all of the core topics of sociology, the fifth edition also includes a great deal of substantive new material, ensuring that students are introduced to the most recent sociological debates.Throughout, the book weaves together classical and contemporary theory and data, and provides a wide range of everyday examples to which students can easily relate. The fifth edition also benefits from: new discussions of global inequality, disability, ageing and the life course, risk, the network society, and terrorism, as well as many other additional and up-to-date topics; numerous learning aids in every chapter, such as summary points, questions for further thought, and additional reading suggestions, which help to reinforce students' knowledge; lots of extra photographs, diagrams, case studies and cartoons, to bring ideas to life and fire students' imaginations; and high-quality supplementary resources on a dedicated website, including a full instructors' manual and additional student aids, all specially designed to stimulate students' learning and critical thinking.The fifth edition of this classic textbook is an ideal teaching text for first-year university and college courses, and will be essential reading for all students who are looking for an exciting, authoritative and easy-to-follow introduction to sociology.

Review:
The sixth edition of Anthony Giddens? Sociology is the best yet.

Revised and updated throughout, it provides an authoritative 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. It aims to engage and excite readers, helping them to see the value of thinking sociologically.

The sixth edition includes:



  • substantive new material on education, media, social theory, inequalities, politics and government, and a whole new chapter on war and terrorism

  • further revisions and updating in all the chapters

  • a strong focus on global sociology, and the sociological imagination

  • new ?classic studies? boxes, which examine in detail influential empirical research

  • additional ?thinking critically? sections woven through the text, to stimulate students? own insights

  • specially chosen, eye-catching photographs, which capture the everyday drama of the social world

A best-selling textbook for more than 20 years, the sixth edition sets the standard for introductory sociology. It is the ideal teaching text for first-year University and college courses, and will help to inspire a new generation of sociologists.

Please visit the accompanying website at www.polity.co.uk/giddens6.

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