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Introductory Sociology

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  • © 1998
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  • Completely revised, updated edition of very highlyregarded text (rewritten throughout)
    Very accessible draws on examples students will recognise, and engage with; real, studentoriented material
    Contemporary in feel contains references to debates at forefront of social theory (modernity, globalisation)
    Redesigned text to a larger format with charts, boxed examples, illustrations (cartoons and photos) and a new layout, to make this edition more readable and approachable

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Table of contents (19 chapters)

  1. Introduction: Studying Modern Society

  2. Social Division and Power

  3. Dimensions of Contemporary Social Life


About this book

Introductory Sociology has established itself as one of the most popular textbooks in its field. The third edition is completely revised, updated and redesigned, to include additional diagrams, charts, information boxes and illustrations, and will be a blend of innovation and continuity - both in terms of form and content.

In connection with broad changes in the discipline, there are three issues which provide the new focus of the book; these are debates about the status of modernity, globalisation and a stronger concern with the construction of identity. The result is a lively, up-to-date and accessible text that encourages the reader to think more deeply about wider sociological themes while developing a sound substantive knowledge base in all key areas.

Free to all adopters of the textbook is a resource pack specially designed to meet the needs of the busy lecturer. It offers a clear and easy-to-follow overview of the textbook, including the aims of, and key concepts introduced in, each chapter, as well as innumerable ideas for seminar discussions, essay questions and further reading. In addition, the pack includes a wide selection of material, drawn both from the textbook itself and from other sources, that lends itself to use in the classroom or lecture hall and is supplied in the form of overhead transparency masters.

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About the authors

TONY BILTON is a Principle Lecturer in Sociology, Anglia Polytechnic University, Cambridge.

KEVIN BONNETT is Director of Studies, Humanities and Arts, Anglia Polytechnic University, Cambridge.

PIP JONES is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology, Anglia Polytechnic University, Cambridge.

DAVID SKINNER is a Lecturer in Sociology, Anglia Polytechnic University, Cambridge.

MICHELLE STANWORTH is Professor of Sociology and Women's Studies, Anglia Polytechnic University, Cambridge.

ANDREW WEBSTER is a Reader in Sociology, Anglia Polytechnic University, Cambridge.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Introductory Sociology

  • Authors: Tony Bilton, Kevin Bonnett, Pip Jones, David Skinner, Michelle Stanworth, Andrew Webster

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Red Globe Press London

  • eBook Packages: Palgrave Social & Cultural Studies Collection, Social Sciences (R0)

  • Copyright Information: Macmillan Publishers Limited 1998

  • Edition Number: 3

  • Number of Pages: V, 151

  • Additional Information: Previously published under the imprint Palgrave

  • Topics: Sociology, general, Nursing

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