Sociology in Action

Applications and Opportunities for the 1990s

  • Geoff Payne
  • Malcolm Cross

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Geoff Payne, Malcolm Cross
    Pages 1-21
  3. David Blane
    Pages 57-68
  4. Ian Glover, Michael Kelly
    Pages 69-90
  5. Terry Chivers, Jill Sharp
    Pages 119-137
  6. Margaret Stacey
    Pages 155-175
  7. Jon Gubbay
    Pages 176-195
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 243-248

About this book


In the last decade of this century, sociology has grown into a major contributor to public debate and social policy. After a period of introspection and uncertainty, sociologists are becoming more self-confident about their subject's potential to influence events in the world at large. Here a collection of well known sociologists debate what this means for the way sociology is professionally practised in areas as diverse as regulating medicine, combating racism, managing manufacturing, evaluating wealth and poverty, and structuring education. The issues and opportunities they identify will interest both sociologists and other social scientists concerned with moving ideas into a framework for social action.


education labor market poverty social policy sociology

Editors and affiliations

  • Geoff Payne
    • 1
  • Malcolm Cross
    • 2
  1. 1.Faculty of Human SciencesUniversity of PlymouthUK
  2. 2.European Research Centre on Migration and Ethnic RelationsUniversity of UtrechtThe Netherlands

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