The Promise of Sociology

Classical Approaches to Contemporary Society, Second Edition

Author: Rob Beamish

Publisher: University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 1442634065

Category: Social Science

Page: 416

View: 6209

Unlike most introductory texts that take a topical approach to studying sociology, this smart, challenging, and accessibly written text looks at the core principles of the discipline, making links to a contemporary context. The second edition of this award-winning book has been substantially revised, making more direct connections between Generation Z, Mills’s concept of the sociological imagination, and the challenges students face in higher education today. The section on popular culture contains a new chapter on the history of popular music from early rock ’n’ roll to contemporary pop and R&B. New chapter objectives, end-of-chapter review and reflection questions, key terms, and glossary, as well as an instructor’s manual, make this text much more useful in the classroom.
Posted in Social Science

The Promise of Sociology

The Classical Tradition and Contemporary Sociological Thinking

Author: Rob Beamish

Publisher: University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 1442601876

Category: Social Science

Page: 330

View: 9548

"This is a lovely, highly focused, and interesting way to introduce students to sociology. The book will both challenge and be of great interest to introductory sociology students." - George Ritzer, University of Maryland
Posted in Social Science

The Sociological Imagination

Author: C. Wright Mills

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0195133730

Category: Social Science

Page: 248

View: 3077

Hailed upon publication as a cogent and hard-hitting critique, The Sociological Imagination took issue with the ascendant schools of sociology in the United States, calling for a humanist sociology connecting the social, personal, and historical dimensions of our lives. Leading sociologist Todd Gitlin brings this fortieth anniversary edition up to date with a lucid afterword in which he considers the ways social analysis has progressed since Mills first published his study in 1959. A classic in the field, this book still provides rich food for our imagination.
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The Concise Encyclopedia of Sociology

Author: George Ritzer,J. Michael Ryan

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1444392646

Category: Social Science

Page: 800

View: 4270

This concise encyclopedia is the most complete international survey of sociology ever created in one volume. Contains over 800 entries from the whole breadth of the discipline Distilled from the highly regarded Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology, with entries completely revised and updated to provide succinct and up-to-date coverage of the fundamental topics Global in scope, both in terms of topics and contributors Each entry includes references and suggestions for further reading Cross-referencing allows easy movement around the volume
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Thinking about Sociology

A Critical Introduction

Author: Karen L Anderson

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780199014828

Category: Sociology

Page: 592

View: 1824

Using a critical, inequality-based approach, Thinking About Sociology explores social theory through real-world examples that challenge students to rethink their own assumptions about their roles in society and the social institutions with which they interact. Through the two chapters onresearch methods and multiple chapters on various inequalities, a focus is placed on building a solid critical sociological foundation that allows for the development of complex thinking, research, and problem-solving skills throughout. The robust visual program, integration of important questions,and useful student-friendly pedagogy -- including relevant, real-world examples -- keep students reflective and engaged. The new, second edition is comprehensive, including a new chapter on crime and deviance, and yet concise, with more focused coverage of gender and sexuality to better reflect teaching and learning approaches across Canada. Thoroughly updated data, theory, visuals, research, and topics in everychapter provide a contemporary and in-depth picture of sociology as a discipline today.
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God, Guns, Gold and Glory

American Character and its Discontents

Author: Lauren Langman,George Lundskow

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9004328637

Category: Social Science

Page: 396

View: 8077

God, Gold, Guns and Glory, by Lauren Langman and George Lundskow, offers a Frankfurt School account of the rise and fall of the American Empire by examining its underlying social character which is necessary for a post capitalist, sane society.
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Sociological Theory in the Contemporary Era

Text and Readings

Author: Scott Appelrouth,Laura Desfor Edles

Publisher: Pine Forge Press

ISBN: 141298761X

Category: Education

Page: 676

View: 6214

Sociological Theory in the Contemporary Era, Second Edition, combines well-edited, important original writings from sociology’s core contemporary theorists with introductory text that provides a historical and theoretical framework for understanding them. Authors Scott Appelrouth and Laura Desfor Edles use this unique text/reader approach to introduce students to contemporary sociological theory in a lively and engaging fashion. The text/reader provides not only a biographical and theoretical summary of each theorist’s works but also an overarching scaffolding that students can use to examine, compare, and contrast each theorist’s major themes and concepts. The book also offers discussions of past social and intellectual milieus to provide a holistic picture of the development of the theories discussed.
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Classical Sociological Theory

Rediscovering the Promise of Sociology

Author: Glenn A. Goodwin,Joseph A. Scimecca

Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing Company

ISBN: 9780534624699

Category: Science

Page: 327

View: 7318

[This book] reflects sixty-plus years of experience teaching required undergraduate and graduate courses on classical sociological theory. It is a subject matter that both [authors] continue to feel passionately about, and one that [they] feel currently lakcs a text that can both create a similar passion for classical theory in students and present the substantive ideas of the founding men and women of sociology.... [This] text overcomes these limitations. -Pref.
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C. Wright Mills and the Sociological Imagination

Contemporary Perspectives

Author: John Scott,Ann Nilsen

Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing

ISBN: 1782540032

Category: Social Science

Page: 256

View: 3307

With renowned international contributors and expert contributions from a range of specialisms, this book will appeal to academics, students and researchers of sociology.
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Individuals, Institutions, and Markets

Author: C. Mantzavinos

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521548335

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 336

View: 3404

This book shows how the institutional framework of a society emerges and how markets within institutions work.
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Sociology of Constitutions

A Paradoxical Perspective

Author: Alberto Febbrajo,Giancarlo Corsi

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317052927

Category: Law

Page: 298

View: 7824

This collection brings together some of the most influential sociologists of law to confront the challenges of current transnational constitutionalism. It shows the constitution appearing in a new light: no longer as an essential factor of unity and stabilisation but as a potential defence of pluralism and innovation. The first part of the book is devoted to the analysis of the concept of constitution, highlighting the elements that can contribute from a socio-legal perspective, to clarifying the principle meanings attributed to the constitution. The study goes on to analyse some concrete aspects of the functioning of constitutions in contemporary society. In applying Luhmann’s General Systems Theory to a comparative analysis of the concept of constitution, the work contributes to a better understanding of this traditional concept in both its institutionalised and functional aspects. Defining the constitution’s contents and functions both at the conceptual level and by taking empirical issues of particular comparative interest into account, this study will be of importance to scholars and students of sociology of law, sociology of politics and comparative public law.
Posted in Law

Society and Culture

Scarcity and Solidarity

Author: Bryan S Turner,Chris Rojek

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 1412933684

Category: Social Science

Page: 272

View: 715

Society and Culture reclaims the classical heritage, provides a clear-eyed assessment of the promise of sociology in the 21st century and asks whether the `cultural turn' has made the study of society redundant. Sociologists have objected to the rise of cultural studies on the grounds that it produces cultural relativism and lacks a stable research agenda. This book looks at these criticisms and illustrates the relevance of a sociological perspective in the analysis of human practice. The book argues that the classical tradition must be treated as a living tradition, rather than a period piece. It analyzes the fundamental principles of belonging and conflict in society and provides a detailed critical survey of the principal social theories that offer solutions to the challenges of modernism.
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Trust in Modern Societies

The Search for the Bases of Social Order

Author: Barbara Misztal

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 074566797X

Category: Social Science

Page: 304

View: 1686

This is one of the first systematic discussions of the nature of trust as a means of social cohesion, discussing the works of leading social theorists on the issue of social solidarity.
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The Promise of Democratic Equality in the United States

Author: Douglas D. Roscoe

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 135136989X

Category: Political Science

Page: 150

View: 8923

The Promise of Democratic Equality in the United States explores the ways in which the American political system fails to fully respect political equality. Douglas D. Roscoe argues these deficiencies are not necessarily failures of justice, but often reflect attempts to balance important but competing principles and values. He analyzes the balance among these competing values in a variety of contexts, including congressional representation, the Electoral College, voting regulations, campaign finance, lobbying, the Senate filibuster rules, and protections for civil rights and liberties. A diverse set of methodological approaches is employed to carefully evaluate whether the limits placed on political equality are reasonable and necessary. Using a rigorous normative framework, while leaning heavily on high-quality quantitative evidence and social science research, this book provides students of democratic theory and American politics with a compact and manageable review of the degree to which democratic equality is supported in the United States.
Posted in Political Science

Six Guns and Society

A Structural Study of the Western

Author: Will Wright

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520034914

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 217

View: 6906

Posted in Performing Arts

Dimensions of Leisure for Life

Individuals and Society

Author: Human Kinetics

Publisher: Human Kinetics

ISBN: 0736082883

Category: Education

Page: 372

View: 8243

"Leisure is everywhere, but its impact on people's lives is often overlooked. Leisure is more than “doing nothing” or “hanging out.” It has implications for society, affecting economics, politics, business, health, and the environment. On an individual level, it offers multiple opportunities for personal growth and development. And it contributes to a better quality of life for individuals and communities as a whole. With Dimensions of Leisure for Life: Individuals and Society, students will learn to understand and appreciate leisure and explore the ways that their leisure choices can help them lead happier, more balanced lives both now and in the future. ... With contributions from 22 leading professors, the book examines the following: the concept of leisure, including the various ways in which it has been defined and described, the benefits associated with it, the scope of the leisure industry field, and the basis for studying leisure as a social science; the impact of leisure on quality of life, health, physical activity and stress levels, and overall happiness and well-being; the social significance of leisure, including the interaction of leisure with history, contemporary society, technology, the environment, economics, and politics and public policy; the factors that influence each individual's leisure choices and level of involvement in leisure activities, such as awareness of local options, barriers of age, gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, religion, or socioeconomic status, geographic distribution of leisure spaces; and maturity level and stage of development."--Publisher.
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Rethinking Society in the 21st Century, Fourth Edition

Critical Readings in Sociology

Author: Kate Bezanson,Michelle Webber

Publisher: Canadian Scholars’ Press

ISBN: 155130936X

Category: Social Science

Page: 585

View: 1073

Rethinking Society in the 21st Century is a critical collection of readings that provides students with a foundational knowledge base in sociology. The fourth edition has been thoroughly updated to include significant Canadian content, with a greater focus on indigeneity, gender, and sexuality and a new section dedicated to social movements, social change, and emerging fields. This anthology introduces students to the fundamental elements of sociology with a balance of classical theory—Marx, Weber, Durkheim, Mills—and more contemporary approaches found in the works of Michel Foucault and Dorothy Smith. Building on this theoretical grounding, the text outlines core concepts in sociology as well as major social institutions such as families, the economy and labour, education, health care, and media. Covering a wide breadth of topics, including chapters on animals, the environment, crime, trans issues, class, ethnicity, and race, this new edition explores critical debates in Canadian society with an emphasis on intersectional approaches to social inequalities. This volume is rich with pedagogical features that promote critical understanding, including detailed introductions that speak to the contextual history of the source material and discussion questions for each section. Uniquely designed for introductory courses, Rethinking Society in the 21st Century is the ideal reader for Canadian students of sociology.
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A Sociology of Spirituality

Author: Peter C. Jupp

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 131718663X

Category: Philosophy

Page: 286

View: 9365

The emergence of spirituality in contemporary culture in holistic forms suggests that organised religions have failed. This thesis is explored and disputed in this book in ways that mark important critical divisions. This is the first collection of essays to assess the significance of spirituality in the sociology of religion. The authors explore the relationship of spirituality to the visual, individualism, gender, identity politics, education and cultural capital. The relationship between secularisation and spirituality is examined and consideration is given to the significance of Simmel in relation to a sociology of spirituality. Problems of defining spirituality are debated with reference to its expression in the UK, the USA, France and Holland. This timely, original and well structured volume provides undergraduates, postgraduates and researchers with a scholarly appraisal of a phenomenon that can only increase in sociological significance.
Posted in Philosophy

Fastest, Highest, Strongest

A Critique of High-Performance Sport

Author: Rob Beamish,Ian Ritchie

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135987084

Category: Political Science

Page: 208

View: 4807

Fastest, Highest, Strongest presents a comprehensive challenge to the dominant orthodoxy concerning the use of performance-enhancing drugs in sport. Examining the political and economic transformation of the Olympic Movement during the twentieth century, the authors argue that the realities of modern sport require a serious reassessment of current policies, in particular the ban on the use of certain substances and practices. The book includes detailed discussion of: * The historical importance of World War II and the Cold War in the development of a high-performance culture in sport * The changing Olympic project: from amateurism to a fully professionalized approach * The changing meaning of "sport" * The role of sport science, technology and drugs in pursuing ever-better performance * The major ethical and philosophical arguments used to support the ban on performance-enhancing substances in sport. Fastest, Highest, Strongest is a profound critical examination of modern sport. Its straightforward style will appeal to under- and post-graduate students as well as scholars of sports ethics and history, policy makers and all those interested in the changing nature of sport.
Posted in Political Science

The sociology of money

economics, reason & contemporary society

Author: Nigel Dodd

Publisher: Continuum Intl Pub Group

ISBN: N.A

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 211

View: 3409

This is the first systematic sociological discussion of one of the most important of modern institutions: money. It demonstrates the immense significance of monetary systems in modern societies and considers why sociologists have been so slow to address this issue. Nigel Dodd, a sociologist by training, analyzes differing conceptions of the nature of money in economics, sociology, and anthropology, and subjects each of these to a systematic critique. He covers the main debates in economic theory, but concentrates special attention on the role of money in the work of such prominent social theorists as Simmel, Parsons, Habermas, and Giddens. None of these writers, Dodd concludes, offers a satisfactory account of the character or significance of money in modern societies. And so he offers a new interpretation of the nature of monetary transactions: one with far-reaching implications for social and economic analysis. Interdisciplinary in nature, The Sociology of Money will be of interest to those working in the fields of economics, social theory, sociology, and anthropology, and all those wishing to gain a better understanding of this dominant, but neglected, social institution.
Posted in Business & Economics