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Essential Concepts in Sociology

  • ID: 4551768
  • Book
  • 376 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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An essential guide to the basic concepts that comprise the study of sociology with contributions from an international range of leading experts 

Core Concepts in Sociology is a comprehensive guide to the essential concepts relevant to the current study of the discipline and wider social science. The contributing authors cover a wide range of concepts that remain at the heart of sociology including those from its academic founding and others much more recent in their development. The text contains contributions from an international panel of leading figures in the field, utilizing their expertise on core concepts and presenting an accessible introduction for students.

Drawing on the widest range of ideas, research, current literature and expert assessment, Core Concepts in Sociology contains over 90 concepts that represent the discipline. Coverage includes concepts ranging from aging to capitalism, democracy to economic sociology, epistemology to everyday life, media to risk, stigma and much more. This vital resource:

  • Sets out the concepts that underpin the study of sociology and wider social science
  • Contains contributions from an international panel of leading figures in the field
  • Includes a comprehensive review of the basic concepts that comprise the foundation and essential development of the discipline
  • Designed as a concise and accessible resource

Written for students, researchers and wider professionals with an interest in the field of sociology, Core Concepts in Sociology offers a concise, affordable and accessible resource for studying the underpinnings of sociology and social science.

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List of Contributors xi

Introduction 1

Aging, Sociology of 3Susan A. McDaniel

Alienation 6Chris Yuill

Anomie 8Mathieu Deflem

Body, the 10Chris Shilling

Capital: Cultural, Social, and Economic 14William Haller

Capitalism 17Rob Beamish

Citizenship 23Charles Lee

City, the 27Leonard Nevarez

Class 30Rob Beamish

Class, Capitalist 34Leslie Sklair

Colonialism and Postcolonialism 37Gurminder K. Bhambra

Community 40Graham Day

Constructionism vs. Essentialism 43Kenneth J. Gergen

Consumption 46Juliet B. Schor

Crime and Juvenile Delinquency, Sociology of 50Joseph Asomah and Hongming Cheng

Culture, Sociology of 55Lisa McCormick

Democracy 60Kathleen C. Schwartzman

Demography and Population Studies 63Sangeeta Parashar

Development, Sociology of 67Peter Evans and Patrick Heller

Deviance 70Erich Goode

Disability, Sociology of 76Valerie Leiter

Dramaturgy 79Robert D. Benford

Economic Sociology 81Milan Zafirovski

Education, Sociology of 86Annette Lareau and Sherelle Ferguson

Emotion, Sociology of 90Marci D. Cottingham

Environment, Sociology of the 93Riley E. Dunlap

Epistemology 96Liz Stanley

Ethnography 98Richard Ocejo

Ethnomethodology 100Andrew P. Carlin

Everyday Life 103Arthur McLuhan

Family and Kinship, Sociology of 105Linda L. Semu

Feminist Theory 110Nancy Naples

Frames, Narratives, and Ideology 114Rens Vliegenthart

Gender 118Michael Kimmel and Katie M. Gordon

Globalization 123George Ritzer

Homelessness 126James D. Wright

Homophobia and Heterosexism 129Damien W. Riggs

Human Rights, Sociology of 131Patricia Hynes

Identity 133James E. Côté

Immigration, Migration, and Refugees 137Alexandra Parrs

Inequality, Gender 141Robert Max Jackson

Inequality, Global 145Roberto Patricio Korzeniewicz

Inequality, Racial and Ethnic 149Rutledge M. Dennis

Internet, the 155Charalambos Tsekeris

Intersectionality 158Kylan Mattias de Vries

Knowledge, Sociology of 161E. Doyle McCarthy

Life Course 166Jeylan T. Mortimer

Marxism 169Alan Spector

Masculinities 175Sebastián Madrid

Media, Sociology of the 178Michele Sorice

Medical Sociology 182William C. Cockerham

Medicalization 187Peter Conrad

Mental Health and Illness 190Emily Allen Paine and Tetyana Pudrovska

Military Sociology 194Ryan Kelty and David R. Segal

Modernity 197Gerard Delanty and Aurea Mota

Nationalism 200Helen Rizzo

Organizations, Sociology of 203Stewart Clegg

Patriarchy 206Bronwyn Winter

Political Sociology 208Alan Scott

Popular Culture 212Beryl Langer

Postmodernism and Poststructuralism 215Julie M. Albright

Poverty 219Tracy Shildrick

Power and Authority 222Ashley Harrell and Shane Thye

Public Sociology 225Esther Oliver

Qualitative Methods 229Amir Marvasti

Quantitative Methods 235Guillermina Jasso

Race and Ethnicity 242John Stone

Rationalization, Bureaucratization, and McDonaldization 247George Ritzer

Religion, Sociology of 250Ryan T. Cragun

Risk 254Rolf Lidskog

Science and Technology, Sociology of 257Gary Bowden

Self, the 261Peter L. Callero

Sexualities 265Barry D. Adam

Social Justice 271Valerie Chepp

Social Media and Virtual Communities 274Gaspar Brändle

Social Movements and Social Change 276Colin Bernatzky and David A. Snow

Social Network Analysis 281Christina Prell

Social Psychology 284Maria C. Ramos and Lynn Smith ]Lovin

Socialization 290Jeremiah C. Morelock and John B. Williamson

Sociological Imagination 293Christopher Andrews

Sociological Theory 295Jeffrey Stepnisky

Sociology 302Elizabeth Hartung and Peter Kivisto

Space and Place 309John R. Logan

Sport, Sociology of 312Jay Coakley

Stereotypes, Prejudice, and Discrimination 316Michael Pickering

Stigma 318Matthew Clair

Stratification and Inequality 322Nico Wilterdink

Structure and Agency 326Piotr Sztompka

Symbolic Interactionism 329Robert Dingwall

Urban Sociology 333Cate Irvin and Kevin Fox Gotham

Work, Occupations, and Professions, Sociology of 338Rudi Volti

Index 342

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