The SAGE Handbook of Sociology

The SAGE Handbook of Sociology

by Craig Calhoun

ISBN-10: 0761968210

ISBN-13: 9780761968214

Pub. Date: 07/28/2006

Publisher: SAGE Publications

'This is a wide-ranging and authoritative analysis of sociology's 'state-of-the-art'. It will set the terms of debate for the next decade' - John Urry, Lancaster University, U.K.

'The profession of sociology was blessed by abundance of excellent handbooks. The one edited by Craig Calhoun, Christ Rojek and Bryan Turner was preceded by outstanding sociology


'This is a wide-ranging and authoritative analysis of sociology's 'state-of-the-art'. It will set the terms of debate for the next decade' - John Urry, Lancaster University, U.K.

'The profession of sociology was blessed by abundance of excellent handbooks. The one edited by Craig Calhoun, Christ Rojek and Bryan Turner was preceded by outstanding sociology handbooks, the most eminent ones by Robert Farris and E Lee published in 1964 and a more recent one by Neil Smelser in1988. The volume by Farris and Lee not only served as an introductory text to the discipline, but contained many innovative papers, which re-oriented social research for years to come. Smelser brought together the best possible and most polished overview of the contributions professional sociology at his time. The Calhoun-Rojek-Turner Handbook combines the best of these traditions. It gives a comprehensive overview of our field, much like Smelser's book did, but it is also daringly innovative - reminiscent to some of the by now classical chapters of the Farris-Lee treatise - in terms of giving voice to new areas of investigations, inviting contributions not only from established figures but also from younger talented scholars. This new Handbook of Sociology bravely confronts the epochal changes of our times, the new problems of the new global world order, it avoids the temptations to impose on the discipline any over-arching paradigm or methodology and forcefully combines professional or scientific approaches to sociology with politically engaged public sociologies. The book will recruit socially committed and scientifically ambitious students to major in sociology if used in introductory undergraduate courses but even graduate students will benefit reading it in trying to identify where the cutting edges of their professions might be'
- Ivan Szelenyi, Yale University

'This Handbook of Sociology breaks new grounds by bringing together top European and American sociologists. The contributions provide a fresh perspective on many of the most recent developments in the field of sociology. This volume will prove to be a very useful tool for researchers and students across the social sciences. It will set the agenda for a more integrated, yet plural, sociology'
- Michele Lamont, Harvard University, author of The Dignity of Working Men: Morality and the Boundaries of Race, Class and Immigration

Sociology has evolved greatly since it's inception as an academic discipline. It has diverged into numerous strands often flowing in disparate directions - so much so that today the notion of canonical sociology has become widely disputed. The field of sociology at present approximates to one of multi-paradigmatic complexity in which many approaches to theory must be distinguished and situated. In addition, the discipline has had to confront new challenges from globalization, the shift of interest from production to consumption, the rise of new social movements, the challenge of bio-engineering, the collapse of a 'presently existing socialist alternative' and much else besides.

The new SAGE Handbook of Sociology aims to address these new developments, while at the same time providing an authoritative guide to theory and method, the key sub-disciplines and the primary debates of today. To undertake this ambitious project three leading figures in the field of sociology were selected as editors to bring together the foremost exponents of the different strands that contribute towards the make up modern sociology. Drawn from both sides of the Atlantic the contributors have been commissioned to utilise the most up to date research available to provide a critical, international analysis of their area of expertise. The result is this essential resource collection that not just reflects upon the condition of sociology today but also looks to future developments in the discipline. The Handbook will be invaluable not just all sociologists but to a wide variety of students and researchers across the social sciences.

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Table of Contents

Introduction - Craig Calhoun, Chris Rojek and Bryan Turner
Quantitative Research Methods - Adrian E Raftery
Qualitative Research Traditions - Paul Atkinson and Sara Delamont
Sociology and Philosophy - Randall Collins
The Diversity and Insularity of Sociological Traditions - Charles Crothers
Comparative Sociology - David A Apter
Some Paradigms and their Moments
The Culture of Work - Richard Sennett
The Sociology of the Family - Bryan Turner
The Social Institution of Money - Geoffrey Ingham
The Sociology of Consumption and Lifestyle - Don Slater
The Sociology of Mediation and Communication - Roger Silverstone
An Entirely Different World? Challenges for the Sociology of Race and Ethnicity - Patricia Hill Collins
A Sociology of Information - David Lyon
Class and Stratification - Mike Savage
Current Problems and Revivial Prospects
The Sociology of Culture - Wendy Griswold
The Sociology of Health and Illness - Gary L Albrecht
The Sociology of Religion - Bryan Turner
Leisure and Tourism - Chris Rojek
The Sociology of the Environment and Nature - Steven Yearley
Poverty and Life Chances - Dalton Conley
The Conceptualization and Study of the Poor
Globalization - Roland Robertson and Kathleen E White
Sociology and Cross-Disciplinarily
The Sociology of Gender - Sylvia Walby
Historical Trends and Future Prospects - Charles Hirschman Population and Society
A New Approach for Theoretically Integrating Micro and Macro Analysis - Jonathan H Turner
Global Inequality - Jan Nederveen Pieterse
Bringing Politics Back In
Sociology and the Body - Nick Crossley
The City - Saskia Sassen
Its Return as a Lens for Social Theory
Sociology of Deviance - Heinz Steinert
The Disciplines of Social Exclusion
Globalizing Business - Stewart R Clegg
Sex and Power - Elspeth Probyn
Capillaries, Capabilities and Capacities
The Sociology of the University and Higher Education - Gerard Delanty
The Consequences of Globalization
Science, Technology and their Implications - Karin Knorr Cettina
Citizenship, Ethnicity and Nation-States - Sinisa Malesevic and John A Hall

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