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Sociology: Themes and Perspectives Hardcover – December, 1991

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"Excellent, got me to university and through it ... It was an easy read, explained the concepts in very simple terms and illustrated debate with clarity, whilst remaining a readable reference book ... it was so good that I loaned my copy out and it was never returned..." Review by an Access student on Amazon.co.uk"This book has been of great help to me during my first year at Greenwich University where I am studying a B.A. in Childhood Studies, especially the chapters on the family and education. I will be buying the new edition of this soon. It is definitely worth the money." Review by an undergraduate student on Amazon.co.uk"Continuing in the tradition of the 'blue bible', this book is so excellent simply because it is so comprehensive. An excellent all-round summary of sociology." Review by Mark Kirby, AS/A-level teacher and author, on Amazon.co.uk --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Mike Haralambos wrote the first edition of Sociology Themes and Perspectives while a lecturer at Preston College in the late 1970s. Following the phenomenal success of the book he founded Causeway Press. He is involved in writing and editing for Social Sciences and is an active member of ATSS.Martin Holborn has authored the last three editions of Sociology Themes and Perspectives as well as co-authoring the recent Student Handbook. He is Senior Lecturer in Sociology and Criminology at Preston College and as active member of the ATSS. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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  • Hardcover: 854 pages
  • Publisher: Collins Educational; New ed of 3 Revised ed edition (December 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0003222365
  • ISBN-13: 978-0003222364
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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Format: Hardcover
While going through the book in1986, I often wondered if a more comprehensive, lucid and well-researched book could ever be written on the subject. My conviction still remains strong after all these years. This book is quite different from the usual introductory books on sociology meant for college fresher, which come packaged with pictures, photographs, case studies, box items and rather oversized glossaries of terms. Here, the whole gamut of sociology is presented by placing relevant theories side by side, which are often in stark contrast with each other. For example, the liberal perspective which hopes that `the expansion of education will also reduce inequality in society,' is followed by a jarring Marxian argument that the educational system is a `gigantic myth-making machine which serves to legitimate inequality.' These contradictions and shifts in the theories provide adequate clarity to the reader, rendering unnecessary any further intervention by the author.
All the seminal contributions of pioneers like Durkheim, Weber, Redcliffe-Brown, Parsons, Merton and Marx, and modern perspectives of sociologists like Michael F.D.Young, Edmund Leach and R.D.Laing are explained in a succinct manner. Apart from the various sociological perspectives, vital areas like social stratification, power and politics, poverty, education, organisation, family, religion and women and society are discussed threadbare. The final two chapters namely, methodology ans sociological theories are, to my mind, the final words on the subjects. I strongly recommend this book to anybody who wants to make any headway into the subject of sociology.
To close on a personal note - I found the chapter on religion the most absorbing in this book. As the functionalists' perspective of Durkheim, Malinowski and Parsons is decimated by the sharp but convincing Marxian standpoint, the chapter reads like a thriller, that is dominated by courtroom arguments.
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I was pleasantly surprised at the speed in which this book came through and was delivered wayyy in advance. I'm not complaining, LOL. Even though the book was used, it was in excelent condition, no "dog ears" tears, nothing. I will do business again with Infinity Books and Media again! Thank you! As for the book, it is the Bible of Sociology, my sister has one and I made sure I have this copy for myself since she uses hers alot! I can see why, it has all you need to know on the themes and ideas on sociology. A must have!
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By A Customer on September 16, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Everyone who wants to get a little bit deeper knowledge about sociology will find this book very helpful. It's main virtue is perfect balance between simplicity of language used and complexity of sociology itself. It is obvious that it is writen for someone who is only starting to dig into social science - but don't underestimate it for this!
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Written by two top college lecturers from Preston, England, this is a seminal and thoroughly readable work. Covers all sociological topics, well laid out, easy to read, excellent index. Suitable for senior high school and all levels of college study. The book is also well suited for anyone with a passing interest in social science or the humanities.
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By A Customer on March 12, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This must be the Bible to sociology students around the world - i don't know an A level student who's lived without it. Buy it!
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