<p><b>Over a million copies sold worldwide<br /><br />The indispensable guide to understanding the world we make and the lives we lead.</b></p> <p>This thoroughly revised and updated ninth edition remains unrivalled in its vibrant, engaging and authoritative introduction to sociology. The authors provide a commanding overview of the latest global developments and new ideas in this fascinating subject. Classic debates are also given careful coverage, with even the most complex ideas explained in a straightforward way.</p> <p>Written in a fluent, easy-to-follow style, the book manages to be intellectually rigorous but still very accessible. With a strong focus on interactive pedagogy, it aims to engage and excite readers, helping them to see the enduring value of thinking sociologically.</p> <p>The ninth edition includes:</p> <ul> <li>a solid foundation in the basics of sociology: its purpose, methodology and theories;</li> <li>up-to-the-minute overviews of key topics in social life, from gender, personal life and poverty, to globalization, the media and politics;</li> <li>stimulating examples of what sociology has to say about key issues in our contemporary world, such as climate change, growing inequality and rising polarization in societies across the world;</li> <li>a strong focus on global connections and the ways that digital technologies are radically transforming our lives;</li> <li>quality pedagogical features, such as ‘Classic Studies’ and ‘Global Society’ boxes, and ‘Thinking Critically’ reflection points, as well as end-of-chapter activities inviting readers to engage with popular culture and original research articles to gather sociological insights.</li> </ul> The ninth edition sets the standard for introductory sociology in a complex world. It is the ideal teaching text for first-year university and college courses, and will help to inspire a new generation of sociologists. <p> </p>
<p>Introduction<br />1 What is Sociology?<br />2 Asking and Answering Sociological Questions<br />3 Theories and Perspectives<br />4 Globalization and Social Change<br />5 The Environment<br />6 Global Inequality<br />7 Gender and Sexuality<br />8 Race, Ethnicity and Migration<br />9 Stratification and Social Class<br />10 Health, Illness and Disability<br />11 Poverty, Social Exclusion and Welfare<br />12 Social Interaction and Daily Life<br />13 Cities and Urban Life<br />14 The Life Course<br />15 Families and Intimate Relationships<br />16 Education<br />17 Work and Employment<br />18 Religion<br />19 The Media<br />20 Politics, Government and Social Movements<br />21 Nations, War and Terrorism<br />22 Crime and Deviance<br />Glossary</p>
<b>Anthony Giddens</b> is the former director of the London School of Economics and Political Science, and is now a member of the UK House of Lords. His many books include <i>The Third Way</i> and <i>The Consequences of Modernity</i>.
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