This clear and jargon–free book introduces a careful selection of essential concepts that have helped to shape sociology, and others that continue to do so. Going beyond brief, dictionary–style definitions, Anthony Giddens and Philip W. Sutton provide an extended discussion of each concept which sets it into historical and theoretical context, explores its main meanings in use, introduces some relevant criticisms, and points readers to its ongoing development in contemporary research and theorizing.
Organized in ten thematic sections, the book offers a portrait of sociology through its essential concepts ranging from capitalism, identity and deviance to citizenship, the environment and intersectionality. It will be essential reading for all those new to sociology, as well as those seeking a reliable route map for a rapidly changing world.
THEME 1: THINKING SOCIOLOGICALLY
Structure / Agency
THEME 2: DOING SOCIOLOGY
Qualitative / Quantitative Methods
THEME 3: ENVIRONMENT AND URBANISM
THEME 4: STRUCTURES OF SOCIETY
Division of Labour
THEME 5: UNEQUAL LIFE CHANCES
Class and inequality
Race and Ethnicity
THEME 6: RELATIONSHIPS AND THE LIFECOURSE
THEME 7: INTERACTION AND COMMUNICATION
THEME 8: HEALTH, ILLNESS AND THE BODY
Social Model of Disability
THEME 9: CRIME AND SOCIAL CONTROL
THEME 10: POLITICAL SOCIOLOGY
Philip W. Sutton is an independent researcher, formerly of the University of Leeds and Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen.