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Sociology: A Global Introduction
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
TOP 500 REVIEWERon 11 August 2009
Written from an international perspective this 1062-page, updated 5th edition(2012) is one of the most thought-provoking and fascinating textbooks on sociology that I've come across. Throughout the reader is encouraged to think sociologically and 'defamiliarise the familiar'. Extensively revised with a new chapter on 'Disabilities, Care and the Humanitarian Society', this intellectually stimulating, comprehensive and jargon-free introduction to global sociology is an ideal guide for undergraduates and the general reader who wishes to make sense of our complex social world.
The book also has a helpful Companion Website.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on 16 March 2005
I don't know how that guy below got into 'a university', but this book is a must buy for all Sociology students. I have been using it on and off for three years now, and it always comes in useful as a basic text for introducing a subject with great background reading sections. Certainly don't buy the book from your uni store, it costs about £50. It gives a great balanced introductions on almost all the theories and Topics you are likely to encounter, such as types of empirical data and so on, and has very good coverage regarding theory. I wouldn't say it has any overriding or subconscious theory message, as it gives a very liberal airing to all theories. Over all a great book I am glad to have bought.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on 18 October 2003
Aa a beginners book of Sociology this is fantastic as it sets everything out very clearly and actually makes sense- which as you may know is rare for higher education texts. It's well laid out and has links to web-pages that are extremely helpful.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 8 January 2008
I am a third year student at an international business school and have been using this book for an introduction to sociology course. The book is well written, easy to read and to understand. The concepts were well established and developed throughout the course and the summaries provided in the book on important key concepts were helpful when revising. The book comprises a lot of material though, which cannot be covered in a basic one-semester course. In addition, there are a lot of statistics that are out of date, however, can easily be updated.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 1 March 2009
The book is brilliant, looks like new, very good quality, no problem with delivery at all, I am very happy about the service and I am very satisfy with the book.
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on 19 August 2004
The reader who characterised the book as "left-wing propaganda" seems to have a rather politicised (right-wing) perspective on sociology, apart from not knowing very much about the discipline. To those who do not share similar views or are sufficiently open-minded to let themselves be convinced of alternative outlooks, the books offers a very comprehensive and up-to-date introduction into sociology's various fields of study.
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on 31 July 2013
Excellent book for HNC year sociology. An easy read which covers all the info required for assessment. Excellent guidance on further exploration of topics and resource lists.
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on 2 January 2014
This was a good book for understanding Sociology. Being someone who doesn't like Sociology even I enjoyed the way this book dis.schussed topics and explains theorists
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on 6 April 2010
This Text book gives a fantastic insight into sociology. It covers all aspects and provides a wonderfully comprehensive introduction for students.
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on 19 October 2013
Excellent indepth detail have gone back to it on numerous occasions for information. Well worth buying due to reusable material.
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