This updated and revised edition examines themes and perspectives in sociology. New topics covered in this edition include changes in the class structure, unemployment, new religious movements and structuralism. The chapter on methodology has been rewritten and enlarged.
Part 1 The sociological perspective: culture and society; theories of society; positivism and phenomenology; sociology and ideology. Part 2 Social stratification: social versus natural inequalities; social stratification - a functionalist perspective; social stratification - a Marxian perspective; social stratification - a Weberian perspective; class in capitalist society; the middle class in capitalist society; class and capitalism - a Marxian perspective; social mobility in capitalist society; stratification in socialist societies; sociology; ideology and social stratification. Part 3 Power and politics: power - a functionalist persepctive; power - a Marxian perspective; managers and corporations; political recruitment; political participation; the democratic ideal; sociology, ideology and politics and power. Part 4 Poverty: the definition and measurement of poverty; the extent of poverty; social poverty - solutions and ideology. Part 5 Education: eduction - a functionalist perspective; education - a liberal perspective; education - a Marxian perspective; differential educational attainment; education - an interactionist perspective; knowledge, power and education; education, opportunity and inequality; sociology, ideology and education. Part 6 Work and leisure: work and leisure - a Marxian perspective; Emile Durkheim - "the division of labour in society" technology and work experience; sociology, ideology and work and leisure. Part 7 Organizations and bureaucracy: Max Weber - bureaucracy and rationalization; bureaucracy - a Marxian perspective; Robert Michels - bureaucracy and democracy; managerial organizations - an interactionist perspective; the problem of organization, sociology, ideology and organizations. Part 8 The family: is the family universal?; the family - a functionalist perspective; critical views of the family; the family - a Marxian perspective; the family and industrialization; marital breakdown; sociology, ideology and the family. Part 9 Women and society: the role of women - genes and biology; the role of women - culture and society; women and industrial society; women's liberation - proposals and prospects; sociology and ideology and women. Part 10 Deviance: physiological and psychological theories of deviance; deviance - a functionalist perspective; - a cautionary note on delinquency; deviance and offical statistics; deviance and power; deviance and power - a Marxian perspective; sociology, ideology and deviance. Part 11 Religion: the origin and evolution of religion; religion - a functionalist perspective; religion - a Marxian perspective; religion and the sociology of knowledge; religion, stratification and change; sociology, ideology and religion. Part 12 Methodology: positivism and sociology; phenomenology and sociology. Part 13 Sociological theory: functionalism; Marxism; symbolic interactionism; ethnomethodology.
Sociology: Themes and Perspectives by Michael Haralambos
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