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ISBN-13: 978-0192853806 ISBN-10: 0192853805 Edition: New Ed

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  • Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; New Ed edition (June 15, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0192853805
  • ISBN-13: 978-0192853806
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 4.4 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #277,114 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Steve Bruce is Professor of Sociology at the University of Aberdeen. He has written extensively on the nature of religion in the modern world and on the conflict in Northern Ireland. His most recent work on the former is Religion in the Modern World; on the latter, The Edge of the Union: The Ulster Loyalist Political Vision. His two interests combine in Conservative Protestant Politics.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 4, 2000
Format: Paperback
This book does what many full length sociology text books do not: it summarizes the sociological perspective in an intelligible and exciting manner that both novices and experts alike will find enjoyable. Bruce uses simple language and provides highly accessible examples to give the reader a quick tour of some of the basic goals and tenets of sociology. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to teach an introductory course in sociology, or anyone who wants to know what sociology is all about.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Reginald Shepherd on May 12, 2007
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This book is a well thought-out and clearly written introduction to sociological practice. Although he does provide examples of both particular and general topics that sociology investigates, the author is explicit that his intention is not to list various issues or problems sociologists study (in fact, he has an excellent discussion of the common misconception that sociology is the study of social problems), but rather to explain the methods and approaches that define sociology as a discipline and an area of intellectual inquiry. In this, he does a fine job.
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12 of 17 people found the following review helpful By DAVID ROSS on May 21, 2001
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I purchased this book based on the fine coverage given to other topics in the series, Literary Criticism and Politics, and am rather disappointed with this selection. The author favors an extensive use of conversational examples, a strategy I would otherwise find appealing if not so interruptive, over any narrative or memorable structuring of the topic. The concerns of sociologists are introduced willy-nilly, and the reader might be convinced that the reason sociology is not a science per se is not that there are difficulties with experimentation and reproduciblity, but that sociologists lack a game plan entirely. If you seek a book that will help you speak about sociology with any insight, look elsewhere for something less impressionisitic.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Spider Monkey on January 9, 2011
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I found this to be a short, yet fascinating insight into sociology. It explored the main themes well in the limited space that this format allows and left me thinking of the issues discussed, as well as slightly more informed and with a hunger to learn more. Like the title suggests, a very short introduction, but perfect to test the waters of sociology to see if you want to pursue it further.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Sargent on July 29, 2009
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I wanted a general knowledge of the discipline of sociology, and I got it in this book! I felt like I finished this book with an understanding of what exactly this social science is concerned with, how they go about doing their research, and some of the significant findings over the its history. It was an easy read, all things considered.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By bernard smith on October 4, 2011
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I really wanted to like Steve Bruce's Sociology A Very Short Introduction because I was hoping to use it to help adult learners who are taking an upper level course in health, illness and society recapture what they may have learned in introductory sociology courses many years ago. But while I thought he dealt with some of the BIG issues in terms of Goffman, Merton, Weber, Marx, and Durkheim adequately and while he touched on crime and religion and education and class and science, overall I was quite disappointed. I was disappointed for three reasons. I was disappointed because I had hoped that although this was a VSI it might, nevertheless, highlight much more the centrality of observation rather than armchair theorizing and focus much more on the everyday world from talk to gender. I was also disappointed by Bruce's unalloyed dismissal of Zande practices and his rubbishing of what he refers to as "imposters" posing as sociologists rather than treating their claims and their accounts as, in and of themeselves, interesting and worthy of sociological analysis. Why should such practices be treated with any less seriousness and fascination than Sudnow's plea bargaining and "normal crimes"? Sociology is a science - a social science - but that surely does not mean I cannot study how people construct and manage accounts of how they have been kidnapped by extra -terrestial aliens or look for how people organize and shape their accounts of the previous lives they lived. Despite the fact that Bruce emphasizes the social construction of reality, very close to the surface his reality, in many places, somehow stands firmly independent of social processes. And that perspective disappointed me, too.
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