Covering the development of sociology from its origins to the present-day as well as identifying the strengths and limitations of all sociology's main research methods, this book provides an introduction for students in sociology. It explains the jargon in all sociology's main theories and methods
Drawing on studies of social class, crime and deviance, work in bureaucracies, and changes in religious and political organizations, this Very Short Introduction explores the tension between the individual's role in society and society's role in shaping the individual, and demonstrates thevalue of sociology as a perspective for understanding the modern world.
All the entries are elaborated with clear descriptions and in-depth analysis. Real-life examples are given wherever possible. Coverage is extensive, and includes terms from the related fields of psychology, economics, anthropology, philosophy and political science.