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Introducing Sociology for AS Level 2nd Edition

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ISBN-10: 0745635598
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Editorial Reviews


"It’s as clear, concise and succinct as ever ... Browne is aware that many students find A-level Sociology difficult and this book clearly signposts 'essential knowledge' in a very accessible way. Overall, a very readable text that manages to convey a great deal of essential information."

Chris Livesley, Sociology Central

"This is an excellent introduction for all those starting to study sociology. Students will not be weighed down with exhaustive reviews of study after study, but instead will find the key points they need to grasp explained with great clarity and crisp focus."

David Abbott, previously Head of Sociology, Hills Road Sixth Form College, Cambridge

"A perfect resource for AS students and teachers alike, this book is a goldmine of information, exercises and activities. Ideal for the classroom, Ken Browne’s clear, informative style makes studying sociology interesting and topical. Whilst mainly aimed at the AQA specification, OCR students will find this book valuable too, with central themes of class, gender, ethnicity, inequality and identity common to both specifications. Any student of AS sociology will find this book indispensable and useful for the synoptic element of the A2 course. This should be a set text for any sociology student."

Jeanette Davies, A-level sociology lecturer

"This AS text is already known for its accessible presentation of key sociological concepts and approaches. Useful diagrams and activities help students develop their knowledge and understanding and assist them in applying and evaluating what they know. Teachers and students will find this a welcome update. Although organized around the AQA specification, there is much here which all AS students will find essential."

Chris Gardner

From the Back Cover

The second edition of Ken Browne’s highly successful Introducing Sociology for AS-level provides in-depth and up-to-date coverage of the complete specification for AQA AS-level sociology.

The first edition of this book was widely praised for its comprehensive coverage, and student-friendly style. In this second edition, all of the chapters have been revised to include new studies, reports and statistics. Key sociological terms are now systematically highlighted all the way through the book, and included in a comprehensive glossary, with fresh questions and activities added to develop and test students’ understanding further. Fuller consideration of issues of identity has been given throughout the text. More detailed advice has been provided on coursework, including a top-mark example to show students exactly what they have to do to achieve the highest grades. What’s more, two authentic exam questions are now included on every topic.

Pitched at exactly the right level for AS sociology, the book provides all the tools necessary to help students achieve top grades, and a sound basis for progression to A2. A host of cartoons, photographs, graphs, tables, and spider diagrams help to enliven the text, as well as reinforcing key issues. Web sites and web-based activities are included throughout, encouraging students to engage with the most recent social changes, and developments in sociology.

Although it assumes no previous knowledge of sociology, its dedicated and in-depth coverage of all the AQA’s AS topics provides a useful reference tool for the synoptic elements at A2.

The second edition of Introducing Sociology for AS Level combines sociological rigour and accessibility in a way unrivalled by any other book at this level. It will be an invaluable resource to anyone following the AQA specifications.


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Polity; 2 edition (October 6, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0745635598
  • ISBN-13: 978-0745635590
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 1.3 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds

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