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Ken Plummer
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25 Jun 2010 0415472067 978-0415472067 1

A lively, accessible and comprehensive introduction to the diverse ways of thinking about social life, Sociology: The Basics examines:

  • the scope, history and purpose of sociology
  • ways of understanding 'the social'
  • the state of the world we live in today
  • suffering and social inequalities
  • key tools for researching and thinking about 'the social'
  • the impact of new technologies.

The reader is encouraged to think critically about the structures, meanings, histories and cultures found in the rapidly changing world we live in. With tasks to stimulate the sociological mind and suggestions for further reading both within the text and on an accompanying webpage, this book is essential reading for all those studying sociology, and those with an interest in how the modern world works.

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (25 Jun 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415472067
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415472067
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 13 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 398,061 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'Written for those who know little to nothing about sociology, the book presents sociological theory, theorists, and key terms and concepts while enticing readers with humor, illustrative stories, and sociological antidotes, producing a foundational level of understanding in sociology. Valuable to the most novice student as well as to the well-versed sociologist. Highly recommended' - Choice May 2011

'Sociology: The Basics is not only an excellent summary of the fundamental questions of sociology, but in fact is more, because it deeply expresses the author’s personal way of doing sociology and of being a sociologist.' - Giuseppe Toscano, Journal of Symbolic Interaction, 2012


About the Author

Ken Plummer is Emeritus Professor of Sociology at the University of Essex, UK and is internationally known for his research on sexualities and narrative. He is author of the best selling Sociology: A Global Introduction (with John Macionis, 5th edition, 2011).

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4.0 out of 5 stars Sociology - the basics 2 Oct 2011
By catqmu
A really good overview of Sociology well worth the money. I will use it as a refresher and also as a quick reference to remind myself. It also has a lot of additional references that can be explored.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant introduction to sociology. 21 July 2011
By Jazzrook TOP 500 REVIEWER
This exciting, intellectually stimulating and accessible introduction to sociology is an ideal guide for anyone starting a course in the subject. Each chapter ends with advice on further reading and there is an accompanying website to follow things up. The book concludes with a useful Glossary of some of the key sociological terms mentioned in the text.
'Sociology - The Basics' should also appeal to the general reader who wishes to make sense of our complex social world.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Review of the book 11 Oct 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
It's good but there's no images for the kindle version which is a bit rubbish. But amazon downloaded it pretty quickly which I was impressed with so overall I'm quite happy with this purchase. The book itself is quite helpful and easy to read! :)
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4.0 out of 5 stars A great contribution to Sociology 26 July 2013
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An excellent book for beginners and well advanced sociologists. Stimulating, creative and inspiring, opening new avenues of imagination and search for meaning.
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2.0 out of 5 stars not recommrnded 11 May 2014
By Andrew
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I did not find it illuminating and it did nothing to stimulate my interest in the subject.
I found it repetitive
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