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Superb Introduction to Sociology, 5 Oct. 2013
Steve Bruce's 'A Very Short Introduction to Sociology' is an excellent introduction to a fascinating discipline of the Social Sciences. His approach is concise, insightful and most of all easily accessible to the average reader. On a personal level, the content of this book set an accurate foundation of Sociology in preparation for my Open University degree and has proved an indispensable resource for reiterating certain methodologies behind some of the great 19th and 20th century thinkers behind the discipline.
With five distinctive chapters Steve Bruce covers fundamental aspects of Sociology, from the ideas behind the social constructed nature of reality to the thinkings and works of various luminaries such a Robert K. Merton's Deviance Typology and Max Weber's System of Class with a mention of several others of noteworthy importance, including a brief mention on several perspectives of the seemingly irrefutable Karl Marx.
His style of writing is personalised and laced with experiential validity when speaking of his sociological studies of the UDA and UVF terrorist organisations in Northern Ireland and his theories on Leadership which adds to the overall flavour of accessibility. This provides us with an 'insider' perspective of the various branches of the discipline which when faced against an 'observer's' writings of the subject provides us with a much more believable and convincing case.
The only weak area of this book would be the final chapter, chapter 5 - 'The Imposters', which touches on both 'Relativism' and 'Partisanship', which although is inextricably linked to the discipline, feels a little detrimental to the overall flow of his work when it is juxtaposed against the other four, very strong and eye-opening chapters.
Overall, a very strong effort from Steve Bruce and I must state that I would recommend this to anyone studying or interested on any of the Social Sciences or anyone simply wishing to understand the various structures that make up past and contemporary societies.