Sociology is the intellectual discipline that seeks to provide answers to those questions by the deployment of argument and evidence. In doing so it will often question basic assumptions that we all make about our social world and therefore has the capacity to upset settled or conventional opinions. This book is an invitation to engage in this endeavour. It is intended for people who are curious about the social world for existing students of sociology, for those who are considering taking a course in the subject, and for those who are simply wondering what sociology can tell them that they do not already know.
1. The reality of everyday life.
2. Who do we think we are?.
3. Who do we love?.
4. Who do we talk to?.
5. Is work a curse?.
6. Does inequality matter?.
7. Why don t things fall apart?.
8. Has the magic gone?.
9. What can sociology do for you?.
–– David Abbott, former Head of Sociology at Hills Road Sixth–Form College.
"Of all the many books of this kind this is easily one of the most compelling. It is beautifully written clear, alluring, and very readable for students.".
–– Charles Lemert, Professor of Sociology, Wesleyan University, Connecticut