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 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.
Mark Doidge is a 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 a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Southampton, PhD graduate in Sociology from City, University of London and Co-Convenor of the British Sociological Association Race & 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