This illuminating book offers a fresh and contemporary guide to the field of sociology. By demonstrating the versatility of the sociological imagination, the authors reveal the ways in which thinking sociologically can help us to understand the personal, social and structural changes going on in the world around us.
Using real world case studies, the book addresses key sociological themes such as:
· global social transformations
· social divisions and inequalities
· social theory and its practical applications
· the personal and the political
Providing a set of concepts, tools and perspectives for analysing our social world, the book equips the reader with an understanding of how to start thinking sociologically. With helpful features such as end-of-chapter summaries, key definitions and recommended readings, it is an invaluable resource for students taking an introductory sociology course or those studying sociology at further or higher education level.
“I always appreciate books that do their job well – this one goes above and beyond, saying so much in such a short space! An excellent resource for students and staff!” Karl Baker-Green, Sheffield Hallam University
“This book is a lively introduction to the discipline. Taking examples from the world around us, Doidge and Saini are to be congratulated for demonstrating Sociology’s urgent relevance.” Phil Burton-Cartledge, University of Derby
Mark Doidge is Senior Research Fellow at the University of Brighton, a trustee of the British Sociological Association and co-convenor of their Sport Study Group.
Rima Saini is Lecturer in Sociology at Middlesex University London and co-convenor of the British Sociological Association Race and Ethnicity Study Group.
Introduction: The Sociology of Every Day Life
Lifestyle and Consumption
Race, Ethnicity and Migration
Relationships and Intimacy
Globalisation and Post-industrialisation
The UK in the Future