This superlative Companion provides a comprehensive and up-to-date guide to the discipline of Sociology.
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About the Author
Chet Ballard is Professor of Sociology at Valdosta StateUniversity in Valdosta, Georgia. He has served as president of theGeorgia Sociological Association, vice-president of the Associationfor Humanist Sociology, and has produced over 20 scholarly articlesand research reports. His most recent research describes how ruralpublic school systems in Georgia are employing technology inefforts to prevent school violence.
Jon Gubbay is Lecturer in Sociology at the University ofEast Anglia. He has a wide range of research interests includingthe sociology of higher education curricula, housing satisfaction,research methods and class analysis. He is the author, withRosemary Crompton, of Economy and Class Structure.
Chris Middleton lectures in sociology at the Universityof Sheffield, UK. He has written widely on the sociological historyof class and gender and, more recently, on teaching in highereducation.He is the principal editor of The Sociology TeachingHandbook, a sourcebook produced collaboratively by and foruniversity teachers with the support of the British SociologicalAssociation.
Table of Contents
Part I: Sociology: Engaging with the Social World:.
1. Discovering Sociology Personal Accounts: John Rex (Universityof Warwick).
2. Discovering Sociology Personal Accounts: Frances Heidensohn(Goldsmith's College, University of London).
3. Discovering Sociology Personal Accounts: William P. Kuvlesky(Texas A & M University).
The Sociological Imagination:.
4. From Personal Troubles to Public Issues: Glenn Goodwin(Pitzer College).
5. From Public Issues to Private Troubles: Martin Shaw(University of Sussex).
The Public Impact of Sociology:.
6. The Black Report and the Politics of Health in Britain:Nicolette Hart (University of California, Los Angeles).
7. The Public Impact of Sociology: Public Broadcasting and thePublic Interest: Jerry Starr (West Virginia University).
Part II: Sociology and its Traditions: The DistinctiveCharacter of Sociology:.
8. Founders and Classics: Jonathan Turner (University ofCalifornia, Riverside).
9. Everything From Crabs to Islam: On the Relation BetweenSociologists and Their Intellectual Neighbours: David Lee(University of Essex).
10. Sociology as both Humanist and Scientific: Chet Ballard(Valdosta State University).
Values and Diversity in Sociology: .
11. Conservatism and Sociology: The Problem of Social Order:Graham Kinloch (Florida State University).
12. Social Reform, Revolution and Sociology: Chris Middleton(University of Sheffield).
13. The Feminist Challenge: Anne Witz (University ofStrathclyde).
14. Mr. Faust Meets Mr. Bateman: Mapping Postmodernity: StevePapson (St. Lawrence University).
15. Putting Sociology in its Place: Joti Sekhon (GreensboroCollege).
Focal Themes of Sociology:.
16. Social Divisions: Harriet Bradley (University ofBristol).
17. Power: Concepts and Research: Jon Gubbay (University of EastAnglia).
18. Social Identity and the Life-Course: Paul Bellaby(University of East Anglia).
The Language of Sociology:.
19. A Brief Guide to 'Difficult' Sociological Jargon and SomeResolutions: David Jary.
Part III: Contemporary Sociological Engagement: SocialIssues:.
20. Higher Education and Employment in A Post-IndustrialSociety: Phil Brown and Richard Scase (University of Kent).
21. Inequality and Affirmative Action: SociologicalPerspectives: Charles Jaret (Georgia State University).
22. Up Against Nature: Sociological Thoughts on Sexuality: SteviJackson and Momin Rahman (University of Strathclyde).
23. Wither Welfare?: Alan Walker (University of Sheffield).
24. Mcdonaldization and Globalisation: George Ritzer (Universityof Maryland).
25. Green Futures?: Ted Benton (University of Essex).
Sociology to Fire the Imagination:.
26. Leaving Home: Liz Kenyon (University of Newcastle).
27. Fashion: Steve Miles (University of Glasgow).
28. The Managed Heart: Lori Holyfield (University ofArkansas).
29. Crime and the American Dream: Randy Blazak (Portland StateUniversity).
30. Civil War: Michael Drake (University of East Anglia).
31. From Reproduction to Production: Dongsook Gills (Universityof Sunderland).
Part IV: Doing Sociology: Study and Research: ActiveReading:.
32. How to Read Sociological Texts: Mary Patrice Erdmans(University of North Carolina).
33. Deciphering Research Reports: Derek Layder (University ofLeicester).
34. Demystifying Theory: How the Theories of Georg Simmel (andOthers) Help us to Make Sense of Modern Life: Leonard Beeghley(University of Florida, Gainesville).
Doing Sociological Research:.
35. How to Formulate a Student Research Project: Frank Lyons andChas Wilson (University of Portsmouth).
36. Society as Text: Documents, Artefacts and Social Practices:Simon Cottle (Bath College of Higher Education).
37. The Researcher's Craft: Observing, Listening andNote-taking: Robert Burgess (University of Warwick).
38. Team Research: David Philips (University of NorthLondon).
39. Research Ethics: Roger Homan (University of Brighton).
Computers in Sociology:.
40. Using Computers: Millsom Henry (University of Stirling).
Part V: Directory and Resources:.
41. Biographical Dictionary: David Fisher (Nottingham TrentUniversity).
42. Sources of Data and Information: Martin Scarrott (Universityof North London).
43. Major Journals in Sociology: Simon Speight (University ofGlamorgan).
44. Conferences and Societies: Steve Morgan (University of theWest of England).
Part VI: What Next?: Advice on Employment and FurtherStudy:.
45. Marketing your Sociological Training: Sheila Miles(University of Sheffield and London University).
46. Opportunities for Professional and Vocational Training:Sheila Cross (University College of Ripon and York St. John).
47. 'Sociologist - will Travel': Janice Eglin (University ofEast London).
48. Postgraduate Studies in Sociology: North America: DavidJohnson.
49. Postgraduate Studies in Sociology: UK: Chris Middleton(University of Sheffield).
50. A Note on Postgraduate Studies in Australasia.
From Sociological Study to Employment:.
51. Viewpoints From Three Sociology Graduates: Jo Osborne, MeetaPatel and Jacquie Hammond.
52. A Sociology Graduate in Employment: Kay Freeland (AbrahamBaldwin College).
53. Being a Sociologist Employed in Public Agencies: A PersonalView: Tricia Lain White (Department of Employment).
Postscript: Potentials and Predicaments: The Editors.