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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Polity Press; 4th edition (11 Mar 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0745650082
  • ISBN-13: 978-0745650081
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 2.7 x 24.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 199,376 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Ken Browne′s text is an excellent introduction to sociology for students of all ages and aptitudes – clearly structured, well–organized and written in a way that is both informative and accessible. With the 4th edition, the best GCSE Sociology text just got even better..." Chris Livesey, Sociology Central "An excellent, informative and engaging introduction to sociology. This book just gets better and better. The clear layout allows the reader to access the material easily. The content is enhanced by useful web references making this a really valuable resource. Ken Browne asks the reader to see this book "as your friend": this is a friend that any new student of sociology would want to spend a lot of time with." Stuart Booker, Chesterfield College "In a world increasingly characterized by information overload, we are in ever more need of a guide who can separate the wheat from the chaff, who can show the difference between opinions and evidence, and perhaps most importantly indicate the ways in which research, when properly used by politicians and practitioners, can help to improve the lives of our fellow citizens. I am delighted once again to have the chance to recommend Ken Browne as just such a guide for anyone embarking upon the path to sociology." Laurie Taylor

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Thoroughly revised and fully updated, this fourth edition of An Introduction to Sociology provides an accessible and engaging introduction to the subject, without oversimplifying or passing over the important and exciting insights sociology has to offer. Building on the book′s existing achievements, Ken Browne has restructured the fourth edition to focus on the core issues in sociology considered in introductory courses, covering all the substantive topics and many of the options specified by the main GCSE examining boards. The new edition has been completely updated to reflect contemporary social changes, including the latest statistics and topical illustrative examples. New material is to be found throughout, such as extended treatment of family and household diversity, the effects of new media technologies, citizenship, political participation and protest, and the links between sociology, social problems and social policy making in a range of contexts. The book has been carefully designed to support and extend students′ learning: summaries of key issues, a clear glossary, and a lively range of activities and discussion points all add to the book′s value as a learning and teaching resource. Student–friendly cartoons, tables, diagrams and photographs – as well as a fresh internal design – also enliven the text, presenting sociology as an exciting and relevant topic to students of all ages, interests and abilities. New material is to be found throughout, such as extended treatment of family and household diversity, the effects of new media technologies, power, citizenship, political participation and protest, the dimensions and extent of social inequality, and the links between sociology, social problems and social policy making in a range of contexts. Additional resources can also be found at www.politybooks.com/Browne

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 20 Oct 1998
Format: Paperback
This is a much improved version of an already very competent first edition. Described by the Chief Examiner for GCSE Sociology for the Southern Examining Group as 'setting the standard for textbooks at this level' I have found this ideal for use with my 16 year olds doing GCSE and 'A' level in an FE college. I would urge my colleagues to at least give it a trial with their students - they will soon find their students learn more through a host of ready-made student activities. Highly recommended for those new to sociology.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A teacher on 23 Sep 2008
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The previous review was written ten years ago, and this book has been around since about 1992. However, every edition has been a complete revamp, and has kept on top of the latest developments in sociology and society so has always had a clear contemporary feel about it. This 2005 third edition is still in my view the best textbook for GCSE. It covers the detail required at GCSE level in an easily accessible form for typical GCSE students, and is a well illustrated and lively introduction to sociology. It is easily the most up-to-date book around, in a field where some of the other textbooks suitable for use at this level are now ten years old, which make them difficult for my students to relate to. I don't know whether the Chief Examiner at the AQA still regards this as 'setting the standard', but I'm certainly not aware of any other texts that come close to this. I'd recommend any GCSE teacher who isn't using this book already to start now - it'll prove a valuable tool for them and their students. The third edition of Browne's book for AS, Sociology for AS AQA, is pretty good too. Sociology for AS AQA
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By albo baggins on 25 Oct 2010
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this is a must if you are studying sociology. make sure you also purchase haralambos and holborn but this is a great addition.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. P. Munhuwakare on 21 Oct 2013
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I would recommend the book to my fellow college mates because it is well detailed prioir to the syllabus i am doing.Am do a course in Access to Nursing Higher Education Diploma
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Herschel on 2 Nov 2012
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Really good book. Useful and well explained and very easy to understand. I am now religiously using it for assignments! Thank you
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