AQA A-Level Sociology

AQA A-Level Sociology

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This 4th edition of Collins’ respected AQA A-level Sociology series is updated for the 215 AQA Sociology specifications. Covering AS and Year 1 of A-level, it will help students master the knowledge and skills they need to excel in their study and engage with contemporary society. This Student Book has been entered into the AQA approval process. This textbook has been revised by our team of expert authors, who are practicing sociologists, teachers, and HE experts. It includes full coverage of Education with Methods in Context; Culture and Identity; Families and Households; Health; and Work, Poverty and Welfare. Tried and tested content works alongside new features to ensure that students:

• Understand essential theories and perspectives with up-to-date explanations and key concepts defined on the page
• Engage with the latest research with in-depth explorations of new and classic research studies and accompanying questions
• Develop proficiency in critical analysis with up-to-date case studies and questions focused on analysis and evaluation
• Acquire strong research skills with practical tasks that actively involve students in the research process
• Reflect and evaluate with prompt questions integrated into the explanation
• Assess progress and apply learning with extensive practice questions for every topic, including both short answer and extended writing

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780007597499
Publisher: HarperCollins UK
Publication date: 04/01/2016
Edition description: Fourth Edition, Fourth edition
Pages: 480
Product dimensions: 7.50(w) x 10.40(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 17 Years

Table of Contents

To the student 1

1 Crime and deviance 2

1.1 Functionalist, strain and subcultural theories 3

1.2 Labelling theory 12

1.3 Marxist and critical criminologies 20

1.4 Realist theories of crime 30

1.5 Statistics and patterns of crime 39

1.6 Ethnicity and crime 47

1.7 Gender and crime 56

1.8 Social class and crime 66

1.9 Globalisation, human rights, state and green crime 73

1.10 Crime and the media 85

1.11 Control, prevention and punishment; victims; the criminal justice system 93

Apply your learning 107

2 Theory and methods 108

2.1 Consensus, conflict, structural, social action and interpretivist theories 109

2.2 Feminism 123

2.3 Late-modern and postmodern sociological theories 134

2.4 The relationship between sociological theories and research methods 143

2.5 Sociology and science 153

2.6 Values and ethics 162

2.7 Sociology and social policy 169

Apply your learning 178

3 Global development 179

3.1 Defining and measuring development, underdevelopment and global inequality 180

3.2 Globalisation 199

3.3 The role of TNCs, NGOs and international agencies in development 210

3.4 Aid and trade, industrialisation, urbanisation, the environment, and war and conflict 221

3.5 Aspects of development: employment, education, health, population and gender 241

Apply your learning 259

4 The Media 260

4.1 The new media 261

4.2 Ownership and control of the media 272

4.3 The media, globalisation and popular culture 283

4.4 The selection and presentation of the news 293

4.5 Media representations of gender, sexuality and disability 304

4.6 Media representations of ethnicity, social class and age 315

4.7 The relationship between the media and their content, presentation and audiences 328

Apply your learning 339

5.1 Theories of stratification and differentiation 341

5.2 Problems of defining and measuring class 357

5.3 Dimensions of inequality: social class 366

5.4 Dimensions of inequality: life-chances and gender 373

5.5 Dimensions of inequality: race and ethnicity 382

5.6 Dimensions of inequality: age 393

5.7 Dimensions of inequality: disability 401

5.8 Changes in inequality and class structure 410

5.9 The nature and significance of social mobility 419

Apply your learning 428

6 Beliefs in society 429

6.1 Ideology, science and religion 430

6.2 Theories of the role and function of religion 445

6.3 Religious organisations 467

6.4 The relationship between religiosity and social class, ethnicity, gender and age 481

6.5 Secularisation, globalisation and fundamentalism 499

Apply your learning 516

Looking ahead 517

References 520

Index 532

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