This is a book for anyone who wants to know what sociology is and what sociologists do. In a subject which has changed dramatically over the last twenty years, Sociology: The Basics offers the most up to date guide to the major topics and areas of debate. It covers among other things:
* sociology and society
* laws, morality and science
* social relations
* power and communication
* society in the future
* becoming a sociologist.
Clearly written, concise and comprehensive, Sociology: The Basics will be an essential text for anyone thinking of studying the subject.
Other titles in the Basics series include:
Language: the Basics Pb 0415125413
Politics: the Basics Pb 0415102634
Philosophy: the Basics Pb 0415124964
About the Author
Martin Albrow is a research professor at Roehampton Institute, London. Previous publications include Global Age: State and Society Beyond Modernity (1996) and Do Organizations Have Feelings? (1997)
Table of Contents
Preface Part 1. Sociology and Society 1. Sociology's Place in the World 2. Margaret Thatcher's Problem: Society's Existence 3. Society as the Nation-State 4. Socrates Discovers Society 5. Humanity and Difference 6. Society or Societies 7. Making Society 8. Culture, Environment and the Nature of Human Society Part 2. Sociology's Scientific Method 9. Exploring the Reality of Society, Laws, Morality and Science 10. Not a Science of Everything Part 4. The Elementary Theory of Society 11. Aids to Thinking about Society 12. Social Relations 13. Four Types of Social Relations 14. Power Communication 15. Social Status 16. Groups and Institutions 17. Co-operation 18. Conflict and Trust Part 5. Sociology and Other Disciplines 19. Specialisation and Reductionism 20. Political Science 21. Sociology and the State 22. Economics 23. Sociology and Work 23. History 24. Sociology and Grand Narrative 25. Psychology 26. Sociology and Identity 27. Environmental Sciences 28. Sociology and the Globe 29. Cultural Studies and Sociology 30. Women's Studies 31. Sociology and Sex 32. Social Policy and Sociology Part 6. Society in the Future 33. The Ignorance Society 34. The Control Freaks 35. The Open Future 36. The Origins and Nature of Capitalism 37. The Limits of Capitalism 38. Social Transformation Part 7. Becoming a Sociologist