Sociology: A Very Short Introduction

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Steve Bruce conveys the essence of the field of sociology in this fascinating volume. A well-known populizer of the discipline, Bruce presents here an introduction to a way of thinking that will appeal to anyone interested in deepening their understanding of modern society.

Bruce reasserts the value of sociology as a social science, as a framework of understanding the human condition that grounds its explanations in reliable observations of the real world. Drawing on studies of ...

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Overview

Steve Bruce conveys the essence of the field of sociology in this fascinating volume. A well-known populizer of the discipline, Bruce presents here an introduction to a way of thinking that will appeal to anyone interested in deepening their understanding of modern society.

Bruce reasserts the value of sociology as a social science, as a framework of understanding the human condition that grounds its explanations in reliable observations of the real world. Drawing on studies of social class, crime and deviance, work in bureaucracies, and changes in religious and political, organizations, Bruce explores the tension between the individual's rate in society and society's role in shaping the individual Sociology: A Very Short introduction demonstrates the value of sociology as a perspective for understanding the modern world.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780192853806
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 6/28/2000
  • Series: Very Short Introductions Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 120
  • Sales rank: 508,293
  • Lexile: 1300L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 4.40 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Steve Bruce is Professor of Sociology at the University of Aberdeen. He is a frequent contributor to the Herald (Scotland), and is the author of Religion in the Modern World, The Edge of the Union: The Ulster Loyalist Political Vision, and Conservative Protestant Politics.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgements
1 The Status of Sociology 1
2 Social Constructions 20
3 Causes and Consequences 52
4 The Modern World 63
5 The Impostors 94
Further Reading 114
Index 116
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