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Key Concepts in Sociology

Key Concepts in Sociology

February 2013 | 224 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
"A glossary of key concepts was just the sort of thing I needed when I was a sociology student. Peter Braham has written a lively, comprehensive guide to the most important concepts in our discipline. It will become an essential student resource."
- David Silverman, Goldsmith's and King's College, University of London

"A triumphant tour de force... will be a useful, even essential tool for students and faculty. It is actually fascinating reading even for non-sociologists since these ideas impact all of us all the time."
- Anthony Synnott, Concordia University in Montreal

"A crisp and comprehensive guide to the discipline. The thirty-eight entries, covering history, substance and evaluation, thereby describe both conventional and new topics that define the syllabus of modern sociology. A valuable guide to both teachers and students."
- Bryan S. Turner, Presidential Professor of Sociology, CUNY USA

Sociology consists of a myriad of frequently confusing concepts. Key Concepts in Sociology provides a comprehensive, lively and clearly-written guide to the most important concepts in the subject. It includes both what might be regarded as 'classic' sociological concepts, such as 'class', 'bureaucracy' and 'community', as well as subjects that have become increasingly prominent in recent times, such as 'celebrity', 'risk' and 'the body'.

Each of the thirty-eight substantive entries:

  • defines the concept
  • provides a clear and compelling narrative
  • clarifies the main debates, perspectives and disagreements
  • gives advice on further reading

Key Concepts in Sociology should be the first choice for sociology students at all levels of learning.

Peter Braham
Division of Labour
Economic Sociology
Everyday Life
Modernity and Postmodernity
Public Sociology
Qualitative and Quantitative Research
Rational Choice
Social Exclusion
Social Justice
Social Mobility
Social Movements
Social Stratification
The Body

Ideal book for students to have throughout their academic year and for staff. Clearly written text.

Miss Sharron Stillyards
health and social care, northlindsey college
August 27, 2013

An excellent reference tool for students new to sociology at this level.

Miss Laura Firth
Public Services, Runshaw College
June 3, 2013

Peter Braham's Key Concepts in Sociology is an extremely useful and well-written resource for undergraduate students. It deals with a well-selected and broad range of topics and its style invites the reader to return regularly.

Mr Brian Delaney
Health and Physical Education, Stranmillis University College
April 10, 2013

No mention of current business issues such as governance and accountability.

Mr Faisal Sheikh
Sheffield Business School, Sheffield Hallam University
March 15, 2013

Very good. Compliments the course well and is laid out clearly and concisely. Good introduction to different topics and the main theories. Uses simple words and is easy to follow.

I would definately recommend this text and will seek to adopt next year.

Mr Chris Brightmore
Department of Health & Social Studies, Grimsby Institute of Further and Higher Education
March 4, 2013

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