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Sociology Themes and Perspectives Paperback – May 1, 2013
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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
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Michael Haralambos wrote the first two editions of Sociology Themes and Perspectives and contributed to later editions. Following the phenomenal success of the book he founded Causeway Press. He is an experienced author involved in writing and editing for Social Sciences. Martin Holborn is the main author of the previous five editions of Sociology Themes and Perspectives and a range of other sociology textbooks. He is an experienced A-level teacher and examiner, and is an Associate Lecturer in Social Sciences at The Open University. Steve Chapman is an ex-Chief Examiner of Sociology and has authored several textbooks over the past 12 years. He is the Head of Sociology at Notre Dame Catholic Sixth Form College in Leeds. Stephen Moore is a well-known textbook author and has contributed to previous editions of Sociology Themes and Perspectives. Dr Moore is Professor of Health Care Policy at Anglia Ruskin University.
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I USED THIS BOOK AT UNI. I HAVE COMPARED THE TEXT BOOKS AVAILABLE FOR STUDENTS TODAY. THIS BOOK HAS MORE IN DEPTH INFO THAN ANY PRODUCED RECENTLY.
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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