The third edition of this best-selling introductory reader in sociology has been thoroughly restructured, and fully revised and updated to offer a stimulating and wide-ranging set of readings for students approaching sociology for the first time. A strong emphasis has been placed on creating a productive mixture of classic and contemporary readings which is highly readable and lively, yet remains challenging. Whilst particularly useful as a companion to the seventh edition of Giddens and Sutton's Sociology, the reader is designed for use independently or alongside other textbooks.The reader maintains the distinctive approach which Sociology pioneered: strongly comparative and historically informed, it stresses the influence of globalizing trends in social life. The carefully selected readings range from studies of face-to-face interaction through to the analysis of large-scale global systems, and cover sociological theories of society as well as research methods.
Amongst the new selections in this volume are readings on the Internet and virtual communities, the impact of ecological thinking and climate change on social science, offshoring and the future of work, global cities, patriarchy and shifting gender relations, intersecting social inequalities, the idea and practice of restorative justice, new forms of cybercrime, war, terrorism and the prospects for a global cosmopolitan democracy. The readings are arranged in ten thematic sections and each section is preceded by a summary in order to facilitate students' comprehension and critical reflection.The result is an exciting new text that encompasses the major themes and debates in both classical and contemporary sociology. Sociology: Introductory Readings will be an essential resource for anyone who wishes to engage with the scope of sociological thought today.Further resources, such as assignment guides and a sociology blog, can be found at www.politybooks.com/giddens.
Anthony Giddens is former director of the London School of Economics and Political Science. Philip W. Sutton is formerly of the University of Leeds and Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen.
Introduction - The Sociological Perspective 1. C. Wright-Mills - Private Troubles, Public Issues 2. Anthony Giddens - The Scope of Sociology 3. Richard Jenkins - What is Sociology For? Further ReadingPART 1 Theories of Society 4. Karl Marx - Human History as Class Conflict 5. Emile Durkheim - From Mechanical to Organic Solidarity 6. Sylvia Walby - Structuring Patriarchal Societies 7. Zygmunt Bauman - Intimations of Postmodernity 8. Anthony Giddens - Riding the Juggernaut of Modernity Further ReadingPART 2 Research Methods 9. Alan Bryman - Quantitative versus Qualitative Methods? 10. Alan Buckingham & Peter Saunders - What is a Social Survey? 11. Barbara Merrill & Linden West - Researching Individual Lives 12. Philip Abrams - Sociology's Historical Imagination 13. Loic Wacquant - Participant Observation / Observant Participation Further Reading PART 3 Natural and Urban Environments 14. Georg Simmel - Individuality in the Modern City 15. Richard Sennett - Creating Humane Cities 16. Saskia Sassen - The Global City 17. Riley E. Dunlap - A New Ecological Paradigm for Sociology 18. Anthony Giddens - A Politics for Global Warming Further ReadingPART 4 Institutions and Organizations 19. Max Weber - The Spirit of Capitalism 20. Emile Durkheim - The Essence of Religion 21. Goran Therborn - Families in Global Perspective 22. John Taylor Gatto - The Hidden Curriculum - A Teacher's View 23. Alan S. Blinder - Work in the Next Industrial Revolution Further ReadingPART 5 Social Inequalities 24. Wendy Bottero - What is Social Stratification? 25. Simone De Beauvoir - Woman - The Second Sex? 26. Patricia Hill Collins - Intersecting Inequalities 27. Rosemary Crompton - The Rise, Fall and Rise of Social Class 28. Colin Barnes, Geof Mercer & Tom Shakespeare - The Social Model of Disability Further ReadingPART 6 Relationships and the Life-course 29. Stephen Hunt - Life Cycle or Life Course? 30. Jeffrey Weeks - Social Constructions of Sexuality 31. Ulrich Beck & Elisabeth Beck-Gernsheim - The Normal Chaos of Love 32. Bill Bytheway - Ageing and Ageism 33. Norbert Elias - The Loneliness of the Dying Further ReadingPART 7 Interaction and Communication 34. Erving Goffman - Presenting the Self in Social Life 35. Iris Marion Young - Throwing Like a Girl 36. Jack G. Shaheen - Hollywood's Misrepresentation of Arabs 37. James Slevin - The Internet Galaxy 38. Howard Rheingold - Building Virtual Communities Further ReadingPART 8 Health and the Body 39. Bryan S. Turner - Defending Parsons' Sick Role 40. Lesley Doyal - What Makes Women Sick? 41. Mike Bury - The Experience of Illness and Recovery 42. Ivan Illich - The Problem with Medicine 43. Chris Shilling - Sociology and the Body Further ReadingPART 9 Crime and Deviance 44. Emile Durkheim - The Normality of Deviance 45. Robert Merton - Crime as a Deviant Adaptation 46. Michel Foucault - The Birth of the Prison 47. John Braithwaite - Principles of Restorative Justice 48. David S. Wall - How Serious are 'Cybercrimes'? Further ReadingPART 10 Political Sociology 49. Steven Lukes - Defining Power 50. Mary Kaldor - New Wars in a Global Age 51. David S. Meyer and Sidney Tarrow - The Social Movement Society? 52. Walter Laqueur - The New Terrorism 53. Daniele Archibugi - Cosmopolitan Democracy Further Reading