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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan (12 Jun. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0333960505
  • ISBN-13: 978-0333960509
  • Product Dimensions: 18 x 13.3 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 592,276 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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RICHARD JENKINS is Professor of Sociology at the University of Sheffield. He has done field research in Northern Ireland, England, Wales and Denmark. His previous books include Lads, Citizens and Ordinary Kids (1983), Racism and Recruitment (1986), Pierre Bourdieu (1992), Social Identity (1996) and Rethinking Ethnicity (1997).

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 8 Feb. 2004
Format: Paperback
This book reflects about sociology. Richard Jenkins analyzes the current state of sociology and suggests changes. The use of the word 'human world' rather than 'sociology' or 'social sciences' is just one example. He outlines how some of the key terms in sociology have become to be taken for granted. This, he argues, is problematic. He focuses on culture and society, but also on the individual and the collective.
Jenkins's style is straightforward. This accessible text is a treat in a field where complicated words and phrases are the norm. Do not expect to learn anything new in terms of sociology, but expect to think critically about the subject you study.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sophie Wills on 13 Sept. 2003
Format: Paperback
I am very glad I bought this book - it was a pleasure to read, clearly written and very interesting...what more could you want? Richard Jenkins seems to have his head screwed on and makes a fine argument for using the term 'the human world'. He is a clear thinker and writer, modest too, and explains some complex ideas in an enjoyable and readable way. This book is very helpful in making sense of the vagueness of 'society' and 'culture', and is also full of optimism for the future of sociology. I actually DO have a better understanding of the human world after reading it!
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By S B. on 16 Sept. 2014
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An essential pre-Uni reader for sociology students - great condition!
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 28 Jan. 2005
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I found this book to be quite a complex read and not suitable for 'dipping' into. When the main points of the book are eventually understood, Jenkins does convey some strong thoughts, however don't let the book put you off sociology due to it using un-necessarily complicated syntax and lexis.
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