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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on 19 February 2004
This book is an indispensable companion to the study of sociology. It outlines the major perspectives and concepts of Marxist, Functionalist, Feminist and many more. The arguments and debates are presented in simple and easy to understand language. It encourages the student to critically evaluate all aspects of society. It is an essential guide for the A level student, a superb reference tool and companion for the undergraduate and provides an interesting insight for the non-student who simply wishes to understand western society today.
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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon 23 January 2005
The first rule for any textbook as to be is it readable? Yes, this is readable, and more to the point palatable. It is supposed to be an A-level textbook, however 1056 pages is a weighty tome, at a time when a lot of students are looking for short answers. It certainly functions at this level, the language is about right without patronising. You would be very foolish to rely upon this alone for an assignment as an undergraduate, but for essential background, the skeleton of a standard text answer, then this certainly has what it takes. More to the point it is a lot more up to date than the main competition written in 1997 by Anthony Giddens.
I would recommend this to anyone taking an A-level course primarily in sociology, and yes, also to new undergraduates to the subject. Those not new to the subject will probably already be aware of it. It is also very useful for background reading to current affairs, especially in the otherwise very dry domestic agenda. At the time of writing this, I would consider, the best book of its kind on the market.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on 20 April 2004
I *used* the older edition of Haralambus Themes and persepectives (amongst many other sociology books) whilst writing my first essay as a mature student on a BSc(H) degree.
Overall, it is easy to read and even pleasurable to someone who hasn't sudied sociology before.
My 16 year old daughter is going to start an A Level in sociology in Septmeber, so when I saw that a new edition had been published I jumped to pre-order for her prep.
This new edition is similar in content, slightly differantly worded but none-the-less a GREAT inro to sociology.
The newly offered web site support is invaluable and I wish the chapters on health and the body had been inclded in the last edition--would have made my writing easier.
The Retrosexism content is also interesting,and almost (unwittingly) supported a recent programme on channell 4 recently.
Over all, it is a MUST for A Level students, and I found it the best in its area for My 1st year at degree lel too.
Highly reccomended
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 23 March 2000
This is the text book I have used for my A Level Sociology course, and it is fantastic. It is interesting, accurate and comprehensive. In all my other subjects, I have needed mountains of books, but this text virtually covers everything (barring Mass Media, which it does not cover at all!). It is truly great. When I go to university next year (to study Sociology) I am going to take this book, and hopefully it will be just as useful at degree level (at least in the first year). The lack of coverage of Mass Media is about the only weakness. Deserving of all 5 stars
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on 8 September 2001
The third edtn was excellent, got me to university and through it. It hit on all the concepts of socialism from a critical analyses point, rather than a subjective overview. It was an easy read, explained the concepts in very simple terms and illustrated debate with clarity,whilst remaining a readable reference book that you could sit down to (maybe with some decent beer). It openned up debate even amongst the more silent types on the courses I attended.
Every aspect of socio-political and philosophical issue was coverred in depth, it was so good that I loaned my copy out and it was never returned, hence the interest. If I were to write a book or contribute to one this would be it.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 3 February 2001
This book has been of great help to me during my first year at Greenwich University where I am studying a B.A. in Childhood Studies, especially the chapters on the family and education. I will be buying the new edition of this soon. It is definitely worth the money.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on 26 November 2002
This book saved my life! I could never have passed my A-levals without it. It is simple to follow, explains everything in loadsa detail and makes a really interesting read. I would recommend this to anyone thinking or already studying sociology!
The impressive thing though lies within the issues it discusses in the book themselves, the way we are manipulated by the media, why we commit crime and deviance, the different theories of functionalists, Marxists and Pluralists. The only thing is I ended up agreeing with all the theories as they all make sense and are backed up with examples from modern history. All in all though its good enough for you to teach yourself sociology (not that I would want too). Anyway focks hope my comments help you! Catch you later...
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 10 September 2006
I bought this book when I started my access to HE course and found it invaluable when completing assigments. I start my second year at UNI doing a joint Bsc/Ba Hons in Sociolgy and Psychology and I dare to say it will have a lot more use then. It provides valuable upto date research. It provides an understanding of a sometimes daunting subject in a very readable way with background on theory and methodology A valuable tool for anyone studying or interested in Sociology can be a little right wing at times none the less a good starter for Sociology
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I used this textbook as an A-level sociology student and it helped me get my grade A. All of the explanations are clear and it goes into more depth than many other A-level textbooks, helping you to really understand the issues so that you're prepared for whatever the exam throws at you.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 31 August 2000
This book gave me all the information I needed to help me with my sociology course. It is up to date and accurate and interesting. It has one or two weaknesses but overall these do not spoil the book. I would reccomend it to anyone studying sociology.
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