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Tony Giddens is pretty much the best known sociologist in Britain today, and this is one of his earlier books, penned long before he began his march up his 'third way'.
The book has been used by countless students over the years as an adjunct to reading the works of Marx, Durkheim, and Weber, but is by no means a replacement for proper study. Some of Giddens' writing in this book is quite unhelpful, muddying the waters rather than helping the ideas settle in your mind. Indeed it is much easier to understand a fair few of the key ideas from the original texts than from Giddens' analysis! The book is not bad as such, but then it is not really that good for the purposes that most students want it for, namely to act as a kind of prompt and simplification to aid in the learning and understanding of the ideas of the big three.
Lee and Newby's 'The Problem of Sociology', Morrison's 'Marx, Durkheim, Weber', and Craib's 'Classical Social Theory', are all more accessible and make for a happier student. Just remember that all these books are not meant as a substitute for close reading and study of the real thing and you won't go wrong.
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on 21 December 2000
Although not apallingly bad, there are far better, more accesible books on the same subject available . Giddens' analysis on Marx is well ordered and informative but the sections on Durkheim and Weber are poorly structured and lack key information. I constantly found myself needing to refer to alternative secondary texts to find information on topics which he should have really covered. Giddens' coverage of "anomie", or the amazing lack of it, is THE worst I have ever read and many other topics are discussed in very poor detail. For a far better text, I definitely recommend " Marx, Durkheim and Weber." by K.Morrison.
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on 30 October 2012
eXCELLENT PURCHASE. tHIS BOOK WAS VERY HELPFUL IN MY SOCIOLOGY ASSIGNMENTS.GOOD VALUE. PROMPT DELIVERY.WOULD NOT HESITATE TO BUY AGAIN. INVALUABLE TOOL FOR MY COURSE.
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on 6 May 2014
The book met my expectation and even better than anticipated. it arrived perfectly on time as well. thanks and I hope to use this seller next in the future.
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on 23 May 2016
I have used this book on several occasions as a first year undergraduate reference
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on 12 January 2016
Very useful for my sociology course
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on 20 January 2015
Used this for my doctoral degree. Cam in great condition. With a few notes, that actually were found to be very useful. Quick delivery
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on 7 December 2014
helped a lot with my essay for Msc Social Work. ..
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on 5 March 2012
was worried the book would b really old looking and horrible cause it would put me off reading it, but was pleasantly surprised. some one had made annotations which have actually helped me with my essay!
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on 13 December 2009
The book has good coverage of the writings of Max, Durkheim and Weber. It is ideal for those who are interested in the study of social theory and sociology in general.
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