The fifth edition of Sociology: Making Sense of Society retains the highly praised four-part structure and style of the fourth edition, and through this explores the diversity, contradictions and challenges we face in our social world.
This essential and authoritative text lays the foundations for a theoretically and methodologically strong understanding of sociology. Key topics are then examined in an accessible but thorough way, encouraging reflection within a wide social, cultural and historical context. Fascinating topical examples from around the world help to contextualise and apply sociological thinking to our own lives.
Crucially, this text frequently asks you to consider your position in the world, drawing you into the debates and conveying the excitement of studying sociology.
Samantha Punch is Senior Lecturer in Sociology at University of Stirling Jeni Harden is Senior Lecturer in Social Science and Health at University of Edinburgh Ian Marsh is Principal Lecturer in Criminology at Liverpool Hope University Mike Keating was formerly Senior Lecturer in Criminology and Sociology at Liverpool Hope University
List of case studies List of World in focus boxes Contributors Preface Guided tour How to use this book Acknowledgements Part 1 Introduction to the sociological imagination Sociological Thinking Sociological Theories Sociological Research Part 2 Introduction to Social Divisions Social Stratification and Class Gender 'Race', Ethnicity and Nationalism Age Disability Global Divisions Part 3 Introduction to Understanding Social Life Environment Families and Relationships Work Health, Illness and the Body Crime and Punishment Part 4 Introduction to Knowledge and Power Education Religion The Mass Media Glossary References Index