Mastering Sociology, now in its fourth edition, has been fully revised to provide a comprehensive and up-to-date introduction to this popular subject. It builds students' knowledge and confidence using self-test questions and answers, and includes extracts from original source materials as well as a glossary of sociological terms.
Mastering Sociology, now in its fourth edition, has been fully revised to provide a comprehensive and up-to-date introduction to this popular subject. Topics covered include: the terms and concepts of sociology, the family, education, demographic issues, and the political system. This book offers invaluable guidance on preparing for exams, writing coursework, and answering data response and stimulus questions effectively. It builds students' knowledge and confidence using self-test questions and answers, and includes extracts from original source materials as well as a glossary of sociological terms.
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GERARD O'DONNELL has taught sociology for many years and has been Chief Examiner for the Oxford and Cambridge and Northern Boards, and Senior Examiner for the AEB. The author of several other books, he was formerly Principal of West Thames College, and was made O.B.E. for services to education in 1999.
Table of Contents
Preface.- PART ONE: WHAT IS SOCIOLOGY.- Sociology: Terms and Concepts.- Sociological Method.- PART TWO: THE FAMILY.- Development and characteristics of the modern family.- The changing nature of the modern British family.- The stability of the family.- PART THREE: THE SOCIOLOGY OF EDUCATION.- Informal and formal education.- Changes in British Education.- Ability and achievement.- PART FOUR: SOCIAL DIFFERENTIATION.- Stratification.- Wealth and income.- Social mobility.- PART FIVE: WORK AND LEISURE.- The meaning of work.- Rewards and conditions.- The changing conditions of employment.- PART SIX: DEMOGRAPHIC AND SOCIAL ASPECTS OF POPULATION.- Population change in Britain.- The effects of population.- Migration.- PART SEVEN: SOCIAL STABILITY AND CONTROL.- The nature of social order.- Agencies of social control.- Crime and delinquencies.- PART EIGHT: SOCIAL CHANGE.- Reasons for social change.- Processes of social change.- Religion.- PART NINE: THE POLITICAL SYSTEM.- Forms of government.- Pressure and interest groups.- Voting behaviour.- Answers to self-test questions.- Glossary.- Index.
Mastering Sociology by Gerard O'Donnell
Palgrave Master Series
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