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  • Paperback: 1000 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 4 edition (24 July 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0132051583
  • ISBN-13: 978-0132051583
  • Product Dimensions: 3.8 x 20.3 x 26.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 350,018 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Sociology

A Global Introduction

Sociology: a global introduction represents a unique and complete learning resource for sociology students worldwide. International in outlook and culturally wide-ranging, it also reminds us that sociology is not entirely value free.

 

Unlike most textbooks, a narrative – of social change and its attendant problems – drives the text throughout. Each chapter addresses new forms that society is taking, showing progress but often at a price, and the long journey still to travel for a better world. Technology is also now embedded firmly in contemporary social life, and rapidly changing us. Thus new information technologies – their uses and their problems as tools – are discussed: Google searches, Wikipedia, YouTube.

 

New to this edition:

  • Fully updated to include latest key debates, topics and data – ‘conflicts throughout the world’, the Muslim world, African poverty, and the role of China in the twenty first century.
  • New chapter on Disabilities, Care and the Humanitarian Society
  • New ‘Interlude’ sections integrate the chapter themes in each part through a specific focus: sport, food, global youth and biography
  • Re-organised coverage of theory with new material on major modern theorists – Mary Douglas, Martha Nussbaum, Stan Cohen, Manuel Castells, Ulrich Beck and Donna Haraway  
  • New boxes look at ‘Living in the Twenty-First Century’ and ‘Public Sociology

But this edition is also about helping you do sociology – seeing, hearing, investigating and interacting as a sociologist. To that end, this edition includes other key new features:

 

  1. The Sociological E-Lab, for each chapter – guidance on websites to investigate, DVDs to watch, reading to do, the big debates in sociology and questions to ask.
  2. New Part 6 Resources for Critical Thinking brings together key words, video lists, a major webliography, reading lists, YouTube and key organisations. It provides a key resource in itself for further investigation.
  3. Art and Sociology: Major works of art open each chapter and questions for discussion are in Part 6. A new visual sociology is suggested throughout
  4. Extensive Website Resources  for lecturers and students – link to and extend the book content. Visit the website at www.pearsoned.co.uk/plummer 

    For lecturers:

    Instructor’s Manual
    Powerpoint lecture slides

    For Students:

    Podcasts introducing sections and 'global voices'
    'Big Vote' online with other students on key sociological debates
    Interactive questions
    Key sociological concepts explored
    Weblinks
    Videography links
    Revision flashcards


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By A Customer on 16 Mar. 2005
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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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By A Customer on 18 Oct. 2003
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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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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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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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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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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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I looked at this book, attracted by its supposed Global Perspective. But by the second page I was disappointed - the map is years out of date! Yugoslavia's on there, Zaire's on there! It's put me off - it doesn't seem very credible to me now, and I'll be getting an alternative
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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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