The Basics

Book - 2010
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A lively, accessible and comprehensive introduction to the diverse ways of thinking about social life, Sociology: The Basics examines:

  • the scope, history and purpose of sociology
  • ways of understanding 'the social'
  • the state of the world we live in today
  • suffering and social inequalities
  • key tools for researching and thinking about 'the social'
  • the impact of new technologies.

The reader is encouraged to think critically about the structures, meanings, histories and cultures found in the rapidly changing world we live in. With tasks to stimulate the sociological mind and suggestions for further reading both within the text and on an accompanying webpage, this book is essential reading for all those studying sociology, and those with an interest in how the modern world works.

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In this introductory text, Plummer (sociology, U. of Essex, UK) summarizes the basics of sociology, its scope, history, and purpose; what constitutes the social and theories on how to think about it; the modern human social world, its themes and issues; theories and methods of sociology; the sociological study of human suffering and inequalities; and what the role of the field is in the modern world. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: London ; New York : Routledge, 2010
Description: xi, 244 p. : ill. ; 20 cm
ISBN: 9780415472050
Branch Call Number: 301 Plu


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