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  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 4 edition (3 Jun. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140513809
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140513806
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 2.1 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 935,898 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Nicholas Abercrombie is Emeritus Fellow of Sociology at Lancaster University. Stephen Hill is the Principal of Royal Holloway, University of London. Bryan S. Turner is professor of Sociology at the University of Cambridge. These three authors have collaborated extensively, particularly in writing The Dominant Ideology Thesis (1980), Sovereign Individulas of Captialism (1986) and Dominant Ideologies (1990). --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Budge Burgess on 16 Jan. 2005
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First published in 1984 and now extensively revised and updated, this is an essential reference book for any student of the social sciences, to stand alongside your dictionary and thesaurus. Although it self-defines as being concerned with 'sociology', much of the content of this tome will be useful to social work students, psychologists, even students of literature and languages.
Described as offering one line definitions of a wide range of social science concepts, the book does actually go into its definitions in a little more depth. You will find extensive entries on many of the major figures of social science, plus well-presented and highly accessible analyses of such concepts as 'alienation' or 'anomie' - both being conditions you are likely to experience when writing an essay ... and both being capable of amelioration by using this neat little volume of crib notes.
I have a degree and a Masters in sociology; I work in social work. I've carried this little volume around with me since 1984 and still find it very useful, from time to time. It's now into its second edition - make sure that is what you get, because the earlier edition was before postmodernism ... and you wouldn't want to miss out on that! It won't actually pass your exams for you, but it is a reassuring little friend to have handy when doing revision or writing essays ... how do you spell 'ethnomethodology', and what does it all mean?
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By "jane-mcg" on 31 Oct. 2002
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This is an excellent book , if like me you are a beginner to this subject . Explanations of terms used are written in an easy to understand way .Makes the complicated seem simple .
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jenny Barnes on 25 Oct. 2007
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Despite being a recommended book for OU sociology courses, this doesn't cover a lot of sociological concepts. Very disappointing, and I'm going to have to get another sociological dictionary that covers the ground more completely.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. Taylor on 27 Nov. 2009
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This is a great reference book, really helpful. Doing HND in Sociology and find that this dictionary is clear and gets right down to the point. Have been out of education for a long time and feelings of confidence quite low, but having this by my side when doing any reading or assessments helped a lot, some of the words you thought you knew took on a different meaning in some cases. A great buy for me and I will use it for many years to come.
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Didn't receive this edition in the post. The seller decided to send me a 1986 version.. when I clearly didn't order one... it was also a used book with library information and even a ticket inside?!? But hey, they quickly refunded the item with an apology, so was all good.
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My daughter started social sciences in college. I bought this book for her to make it a bit easier when she found terms she did not quiet understand. This book has helped her loads.
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A truly valuable resource for the Social Sciences student. It will broaden your essay scope and help you to learn the terminology with ease. A great reference tool.
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By D. Wragg on 20 May 2012
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I bought this as it was a set book on my OU course. Yes its does what it says on the tin, but I did not use it at all and regret buying it for that reason.
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