Sociology: A Brief but Critical Introduction

A brief but critical introduction

Author: Anthony Giddens

Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education

ISBN: 1349185213

Category: Social Science

Page: 192

View: 4889

An introduction to sociology. It incorporates discussion of recent developments in both social theory and empirical social research - developments to which Giddens has directly contributed.

Sociology: A Brief but Critical Introduction

A brief but critical introduction

Author: Anthony Giddens

Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education

ISBN: 1349185213

Category: Social Science

Page: 192

View: 9881

An introduction to sociology. It incorporates discussion of recent developments in both social theory and empirical social research - developments to which Giddens has directly contributed.

Social Media

A Critical Introduction

Author: Christian Fuchs

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 1473987490

Category: Computers

Page: 400

View: 6143

This book equips students with the critical thinking they need to understand the complexities and contradictions of social media and make informed judgements. The second edition explores the sharing economy of Uber and Airbnb and social media in China.

The Cultural Study of Music

A Critical Introduction

Author: Martin Clayton

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136754326

Category: Music

Page: 376

View: 8555

First Published in 2003. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

New Media

A Critical Introduction

Author: Martin Lister

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 0415431603

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 446

View: 5190

New Media: A Critical Introduction is a comprehensive introduction to the culture, history, technologies and theories of new media. Written especially for students, the book considers the ways in which 'new media' really are new, assesses the claims that a media and technological revolution has taken place and formulates new ways for media studies to respond to new technologies. The authors introduce a wide variety of topics including: how to define the characteristics of new media; social and political uses of new media and new communications; new media technologies, politics and globalization; everyday life and new media; theories of interactivity, simulation, the new media economy; cybernetics, cyberculture, the history of automata and artificial life. Substantially updated from the first edition to cover recent theoretical developments, approaches and significant technological developments, this is the best and by far the most comprehensive textbook available on this exciting and expanding subject. At www.newmediaintro.com you will find: additional international case studies with online references specially created You Tube videos on machines and digital photography a new 'Virtual Camera' case study, with links to short film examples useful links to related websites, resources and research sites further online reading links to specific arguments or discussion topics in the book links to key scholars in the field of new media.

Method in Social Science

A Realist Approach

Author: Andrew Sayer

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 0415076072

Category: Social Science

Page: 313

View: 1662

In its second edition, Method in Social Science was widely praised for its penetrating analysis of central questions in social science discourse. This revised edition comes with a new preface and a full bibliography. The book is intended for students and researchers familiar with social science but having little or no previous experiences of philosophical and methodological discussion, and for those who are interested in realism and method.

Perspectives in Sociology

Author: E.C. Cuff,A.J. Dennis,D.W. Francis,W.W. Sharrock

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317644026

Category: Social Science

Page: 416

View: 2627

From its first edition in 1979, Perspectives in Sociology has provided generations of undergraduates with a clear, reassuring introduction to the complications of sociological theory. This revised and updated edition features: a completely rewritten general introduction and conclusion; all-new introductions to each part, clarifying how each one builds on what came before; an updated set of formative questions at the end of each chapter; a comprehensive glossary of key terms. While retaining its emphasis and wealth of information on the founding figures of sociology, this sixth edition includes new tools that will allow students from related disciplines to access relevant sociological material quickly.

Cengage Advantage Books: Sociology

Author: Jon M. Shepard

Publisher: Cengage Learning

ISBN: 1133710026

Category: Social Science

Page: 672

View: 3994

Well respected for its exceptional scholarship, readability, and accessibility, SOCIOLOGY is available at an affordable price. With a dynamic critical-thinking focus and a theoretically balanced presentation, this Advantage book is noteworthy for its use of SQ3R (Survey, Question, Read, Recite, Review), its built-in student study guide, and its solid research orientation to the basic principles of sociology. Fascinating examples of high-interest topics, such as cyber bullying and stratification and the social impact of Hurricane Katrina, as well as current information on race, aging, globalization, religion, and mental health issues, ensure that this latest version of Shepard's respected text is contemporary and relevant. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.

The Field

Truth and Fiction in Sport History

Author: Douglas Booth

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134459378

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 352

View: 8788

2006 North American Society for Sports History Book of the Year The literature on sport history is now well established, taking in a wide range of themes and covering every activity from aerobics to zorbing. However, in comparison to most mainstream histories, sport history has rarely been called upon to question its foundations and account for the basis of its historical knowledge. In this book, Booth offers a rigorous assessment of sport history as an academic discipline, exploring the ways in which professional historians can gather materials, construct and examine evidence, and present their arguments about the sporting past. Part 1 examines theories of knowledge, while Part 2 goes on to scrutinize the uses of historical knowledge in popular and academic studies of sport history. With clear structure, examples, summary tables and a detailed glossary, The Field provides students, teachers and researchers with an unparalleled resource to tackle issues fundamental to the future of their subject, and sets the agenda for the debate to come.

Getting a Job

A Study of Contacts and Careers

Author: Mark Granovetter

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 022651840X

Category: Education

Page: 259

View: 9144

This classic study of how 282 men in the United States found their jobs not only proves "it's not what you know but who you know," but also demonstrates how social activity influences labor markets. Examining the link between job contacts and social structure, Granovetter recognizes networking as the crucial link between economists studies of labor mobility and more focused studies of an individual's motivation to find work. This second edition is updated with a new Afterword and includes Granovetter's influential article "Economic Action and Social Structure: The Problems of Embeddedness." "Who would imagine that a book with such a prosaic title as 'getting a job' could pose such provocative questions about social structure and even social policy? In a remarkably ingenious and deceptively simple analysis of data gathered from a carefully designed sample of professional, technical, and managerial employees . . . Granovetter manages to raise a number of critical issues for the economic theory of labor markets as well as for theories of social structure by exploiting the emerging 'social network' perspective."—Edward O. Laumann, American Journal of Sociology "This short volume has much to offer readers of many disciplines. . . . Granovetter demonstrates ingenuity in his design and collection of data."—Jacob Siegel, Monthly Labor Review "A fascinating exploration, for Granovetter's principal interest lies in utilizing sociological theory and method to ascertain the nature of the linkages through which labor market information is transmitted by 'friends and relatives.'"—Herbert Parnes, Industrial and Labor Relations Review

Key Thinkers on Space and Place

Author: Phil Hubbard,Rob Kitchin

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 9781446259726

Category: Social Science

Page: 528

View: 2132

In this latest edition of Key Thinkers on Space and Place, editors Phil Hubbard and Rob Kitchin provide us with a fully revised and updated text that highlights the work of over 65 key thinkers on space and place. Unique in its concept, the book is a comprehensive guide to the life and work of some of the key thinkers particularly influential in the current 'spatial turn' in the social sciences. Providing a synoptic overview of different ideas about the role of space and place in contemporary social, cultural, political and economic life, each portrait comprises: Biographical information and theoretical context. An explication of their contribution to spatial thinking. An overview of key advances and controversie. Guidance on further reading. With 14 additional chapters including entries on Saskia Sassen, Tim Ingold, Cindi Katz and John Urry, the book covers ideas ranging from humanism, Marxism, feminism and post-structuralism to queer-theory, post-colonialism, globalization and deconstruction, presenting a thorough look at diverse ways in which space and place has been theorized. An essential text for geographers, this now classic reference text is for all those interested in theories of space and place, whether in geography, sociology, cultural studies, urban studies, planning, anthropology, or women's studies.

Critical Race Theory

An Introduction

Author: Richard Delgado,Jean Stefancic

Publisher: NYU Press

ISBN: 0814720838

Category: Social Science

Page: 207

View: 7036

For well over a decade, critical race theory—the school of thought that holds that race lies at the very nexus of American life—has roiled the legal academy. In recent years, however, the fundamental principles of the movement have influenced other academic disciplines, from sociology and politics to ethnic studies and history. And yet, while the critical race theory movement has spawned dozens of conferences and numerous books, no concise, accessible volume outlines its basic parameters and tenets. Here, then, from two of the founders of the movement, is the first primer on one of the most influential intellectual movements in American law and politics.

American Society

How It Really Works

Author: Erik Olin Wright,Joel Rogers

Publisher: W W Norton & Company Incorporated

ISBN: 9780393938852

Category: Political Science

Page: 592

View: 2848

The definitive critical introduction to American society.

The Sociology of Sports

An Introduction, 2d ed.

Author: Tim Delaney,Tim Madigan

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 078649767X

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 468

View: 2515

Reviews of the first edition: "The authors are well-informed and reasonable, and they write clearly. If this text is not the best on the market, it is at least a contender for the number-one spot. Recommended"--Choice In its second edition, this book takes a fresh approach to the study of sports, presenting key concepts such as socialization, economics, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, politics, the media and the role of sports in society. The authors offer a critical examination but highlight also the many positive aspects of sports. Each chapter concludes with a popular culture section, showing how films, television, video games, music and short stories have contributed to our understanding of sports' significance to our lives. Other features include up-to-date information--such as statistics on player and owner salaries--and a look at recent controversies in sports, such as performance-enhancing drugs, domestic violence, online gambling and the growing concern over concussions and post-career health problems. The value of sports for people with physical disabilities and special needs is discussed, as well as the development of sports studies programs and the continuing importance of "sportsmanship." The final chapter explores how social media, as well as new forms of virtual reality and the prevalence of video gaming, are reshaping the concept of what constitutes a sport.

Translating as a Purposeful Activity

Functionalist Approaches Explained

Author: Christiane Nord

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1351189336

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 154

View: 8975

This bestselling text is a comprehensive overview of functionalist approaches to translation in English. Christiane Nord, one of the leading figures in translation studies, explains the complexities of theories and terms in simple language with numerous examples. Covering how the theories developed, illustrations of the main ideas, and specific applications to translator training, literary translation, interpreting and ethics, Translating as a Purposeful Activity concludes with a concise review of both criticisms and perspectives for the future. Now with a Foreword by Georges Bastin and a new chapter covering the recent developments and elaborations of the theory, this is an essential text for students of translation studies and for translator training.

Social Movements

An Introduction

Author: Donatella della Porta,Mario Diani

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1405148217

Category: Social Science

Page: 360

View: 2768

Social Movements is a comprehensive introduction and critical analysis of collective action in society today. In this new edition, the authors have updated all chapters with the most recent scientific literature, expanded on topics such as individual motivations, new media, public policies, and governance. Draws on research and empirical work across the social sciences to address the key questions in this international field. New edition expands on topics such as individual motivations, new media, public policies, and governance. Has been redesigned in a more user-friendly format.

A Beginner's Guide to the Study of Religion

Author: Bradley L. Herling

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1472506030

Category: Religion

Page: 200

View: 3753

How should we understand and interpret the strange but familiar thing that we call "religionÂ??? What are the foundations of a methodical approach to this subject, and what theoretical tools are available to students who are new to this area of inquiry? A Beginner's Guide to the Study of Religion provides an accessible, wide-ranging introduction to theories and basic methodology in the field. Now in its second edition and updated throughout, this concise but comprehensive book includes:- - A case for the urgency and relevance of studying religion today - Discussion of the role and perspective of the student of religion - Description of the nature of theory and its function - An accessible survey of classic theorists in the modern study of religion - Feature boxes highlighting essential quotations and guiding principles for application of theories An expanded consideration of contemporary issues in the field, including gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, globalization, violence, science, and new media. - Recommended further reading A Beginner's Guide to the Study of Religion offers a thorough but concise body of material suitable for introductory courses on the study of religion, or to provide theoretical context for survey courses. Study questions and worksheets can be found on the book's webpage.

Twenty Lessons in Environmental Sociology

Author: Kenneth A. Gould,Tammy L. Lewis

Publisher: Oxford University Press (Us)

ISBN: 9780199325924

Category: Social Science

Page: 387

View: 7907

Twenty Lessons in Environmental Sociology introduces undergraduates to the topic in an innovative way. Instead of compiling articles from professional journals, this reader presents twenty classroom-tested "lessons" from dedicated, experienced teachers and researchers in the field. Building the collection on the model of a successful undergraduate classroom experience, the coeditors asked the contributors to choose a topic, match it with their favorite lecture, and construct a lesson to reflect the way that they teach it in the classroom. The result is an engaging and versatile volume that presents the core ideas of environmental sociology in concise, accessible chapters.

Think Sociology

Author: John Carl,Sarah Baker,Brady Robards,John Scott,Wendy Hillman,Geoffrey Lawrence

Publisher: Pearson Higher Education AU

ISBN: 1442543337

Category: Social Science

Page: 309

View: 2895

THINK Currency. THINK Issues. THINK Relevancy. THINK Sociology. With an engaging visual design and just 15 chapters, THINK Sociology is the Australian Sociology text your students will want to read. This text thinks their thoughts, speaks their language, grapples with the current-day problems they face, and grounds sociology in real world experiences. THINK Sociology is informed with the latest research and the most contemporary examples, allowing you to bring current events directly into your unit with little additional work.