With increasing student numbers and greater diversity within the student population, sociology lecturers are inevitably looking for new books that will help them teach. Macionis/Plummer, Sociology: A Global Introduction does just that. With European society as its central focus, issues are discussed in greater depth than existing textbooks, with the inclusion of many European theorists. It still contains US data so that there are interesting comparisons between life in the UK and the US. Of particular significance is the book's global perspective where Macionis/Plummer situate the student reader in relation to the rest of the world and not just within his/her own society. This is featured heavily throughout the text with the use of global maps and boxes. The excellent pedagogy and superior supplements package will be a welcome facilitator for anyone teaching a large and diverse student body. The student is encouraged to engage with the subject through a variety of pedagogical features such as opening vignettes, boxes and critical thinking questions. Furthermore with a `Going Further' resources section, the student is enticed to study the subject in more depth with lists of introductory and classic readings, as well as journals and specific websites and addresses of relevant research institutes.
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In Sociology Neil Smelser conveys the vital essence of the sociological enterprise today within an international framework, avoiding both the artificial format of the standard textbook and the parochial approach of the country–by–country survey. Based on the contributions of 17 leading sociologists from 13 nations, synthesized and given continuity and coherence by the author, Sociology brings sociological ideas to life by treating actual problems and crises in the contemporary world.
Following introductory chapters on sociology′s general perspective, its theories, and its methods, Professor Smelser focuses on more than a dozen critical topics, under three main headings:
Polity and Society (including contemporary nationalisms, the state and its vicissitudes, and the fortuned of the welfare state);
Economy and Society (including economic internalization, the reassertion of the market, population and environment, and development);
Institutional and cultural processes (including culture and religion, race and ethnicity, cultural integration, and family and gender).
Simultaneously presenting the basics of sociology and bringing these basics to life, this is a superb companion to the discipline for students and practitioners alike.About the Author:
John Macionis, Kenyon College
Ken Plummer, University of Essex
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Book Description Prentice Hall, 1997. Paperback. Book Condition: New. 6 Sub. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX013664533X