Historical Developments and Theoretical Approaches in Sociology - Volume I

Author: Charles Crothers

Publisher: EOLSS Publications

ISBN: 1848263317

Category:

Page: 484

View: 1876

Historical Developments and Theoretical Approaches in Sociology in two volumes is a component of Encyclopedia of Social Sciences and Humanities in the global Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems (EOLSS), which is an integrated compendium of twenty Encyclopedias. Sociology is one of several social science disciplines and smaller bodies of knowledge which seeks to understand the patterns in social life. There is a broad congruence between the objective configurations of social life and the components of the disciplines studying them, the body of sociological knowledge is socially constructed and the pathways to its gaining of knowledge influenced by a variety of factors. Moreover, since social life is ever-changing, sociology often has to scramble to catch-up with the changing social world. This work is built up around four broad topics, the first providing important shared contextual material and then followed by three broad levels of social analysis: with each of these four parts containing a number of chapters with more specific and in-depth information. The theme essay provides a general introduction and overview of the theme as a whole. In total, the work holds 40 contributions written by a selection of many international renowned specialists from 12 countries. It was important to obtain a wide range of viewpoints giving the ways in which social issues arise quite differently in a range of countries. These two volumes are aimed at the following five major target audiences: University and College Students Educators, Professional Practitioners, Research Personnel and Policy Analysts, Managers, and Decision Makers, NGOs and GOs.

Contemporary Readings in Sociology

Author: Kathleen Odell Korgen

Publisher: Pine Forge Press

ISBN: 1412944732

Category: Social Science

Page: 270

View: 9213

This reader was developed to be used in numerous courses taught in sociology. It is appropriate for an introductory course, as well as a social problems or special topics course. The readings have been selected from numerous well respected sociology journals and they have been edited to make them more “user friendly” for the undergraduate student. This reader allows undergraduate students to read about the major topics in sociology in the words of the original authors. The reader includes a topic guide to help the instructor better integrate the material into their course and well-crafted section openers place each article in context for the student. This series of readings has been vetted by an Advisory Board of sociology instructors to ensure quality.

Key Concepts in Sociology

Author: Ken Roberts

Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education

ISBN: 1137171529

Category: Social Science

Page: 360

View: 2858

Complementing the student's primary reading, Key Concepts in Sociology presents a comprehensive glossary of the key terms, concepts and figures that dominate the sociological landscape. Organized alphabetically and cross-referenced for ease of use and accessibility, the book also provides suggestions for further reading to consolidate learning.

Cinematic Sociology

Social Life in Film

Author: Jean-Anne Sutherland,Kathryn Feltey

Publisher: Pine Forge Press

ISBN: 1412960460

Category: Social Science

Page: 284

View: 3937

Sociology Through Film uses feature films to teach central areas in sociology such as culture, race/ethnicity, social class, and gender/sexuality. By using Film to introduce the sociological imagination, students will 'experience' social context being studied, and reinforce critical thinking skills. An introductory chapter includes a discussion of the significance of film in modern society, a consideration of the ways that film both reflects and shapes social reality, an explanation of how sociologists analyze film, and coverage of sociological tools for 'reading' film as text. Films will provide an illustrative framework for understanding the social world, and therefore the films discussed will not go 'out of date'.

Sociology in Perspective

Author: Mark Kirby

Publisher: Heinemann

ISBN: 9780435331603

Category: Sociology

Page: 831

View: 2393

This text, specifically for AQA specifications, is designed to be easy and encouraging for students to use. The book contains updated material and activities together with a new chapter on study skills. It also indicates clearly where activities meet the new evidence requirements for key skills.

Visual Sociology

Author: Douglas Harper

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 113527875X

Category: Social Science

Page: 312

View: 3802

Visual sociology has been part of the sociological vocabulary since the 1970s, but until now there has not been a comprehensive text that introduces this area. Written by one of the founding fathers in the field, Visual Sociology explores how the world that is seen, photographed, drawn, or otherwise represented visually is different from the world that is represented through words and numbers. Doug Harper’s exceptional photography and engaging, lively writing style will introduce: visual sociology as embodied observation visual sociology as semiotics visual sociology as an approach to data: empirical, narrative, phenomenological and reflexive visual sociology as an aspect of photo documentary visual sociology and multimedia. This definitive textbook is made up of eleven chapters on the key topics in visual sociology. With teaching and learning guidance, as well as clear, accessible explanations of current thinking in the field, this book will be an invaluable resource to all those with an interest in visual sociology, research methods, cultural geography, cultural theory or visual anthropology.

The International Handbook of Sociology

Author: Stella R Quah,Arnaud Sales

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 1847871569

Category: Social Science

Page: 568

View: 7146

`The most up-to-date survey of the range of research in contemporary sociology, extremely useful to students, teachers, and researchers alike. Indispensable for collective and personal libraries' - Immanuel Wallerstein, Maison des Sciences de l'Homme, Paris This unique Handbook provides state-of-the-art reviews of sociology conducted by prominent scholars. Drawing on dedicated knowledge and expertise, the book constitutes an unrivalled guide to the central theoretical and methodological perspectives in the discipline as a whole. The book is organized into six parts: o conceptual perspectives o social and cultural differentiation o changing institutions and collective action o demography, cities and housing o art and leisure o social problems Each chapter includes a comprehensive review of the literature, covering the full range of work from contrasting traditions of thought and approaches. No existing work matches this Handbook for scholarly coverage and relevance. It is a primary resource for understanding the discipline. As such, it will appeal to lecturers, researchers and advanced graduate and undergraduate students in Sociology.

Sociologists in Action

Sociology, Social Change, and Social Justice

Author: Kathleen Odell Korgen,Jonathan M. White,Shelley K. White

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 1452203113

Category: Social Science

Page: 305

View: 4275

Brings the subject matter of sociology to life for students. Linking theory and practice, this textbook explores how sociological knowledge is used in the community to fight for social change and justice.

Sociology of Sport and Social Theory

Author: Earl Smith

Publisher: Human Kinetics

ISBN: 0736075720

Category: Social Science

Page: 239

View: 5903

"Sociology of Sport and Social Theory" presents current research perspectives from major sport scholars and leading sociologists regarding issues germane to the sociology of sport while addressing traditional and contemporary sociological theories.

Perspectives in Social Research Methods and Analysis

A Reader for Sociology

Author: Howard Lune,Enrique S. Pumar,Ross Koppel

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 1412967392

Category: Social Science

Page: 445

View: 6091

This book shows students the steps involved in the research process, the various strategies for conducting a valid social inquiry, and most importantly, the persuasiveness and elegance of reliable social research. It highlights the link between academic research and the real world. Included are carefully chosen examples of each of the major methodological techniques-survey, interviews, fieldwork observations, experiments, content analysis, secondary analysis and program evaluation. Also included are selections on sampling strategies, research ethics and both qualitative and quantitative data analysis.

Economics and Sociology

Redefining Their Boundaries : Conversations with Economists and Sociologists

Author: Richard Swedberg

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9780691003764

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 361

View: 2466

The boundary between economics and sociology is presently being redefined--but how, why, and by whom? Richard Swedberg answers these questions in this thought-provoking book of conversations with well-known economists and sociologists. Among the economists interviewed are Gary Becker, Amartya Sen, Kenneth Arrow, and Albert O. Hirschman; the sociologists include Daniel Bell, Harrison White, James Coleman, and Mark Granovetter. The picture that emerges is that economists and sociologists have paid little attention to each other during most of the twentieth century: social problems have been analyzed as if they had no economic dimension and economic problems as if they had no social dimension. Today, however, there is a dialogue between the two fields, as economists take on social topics and as sociologists become interested in rational choice and "new economic sociology." The interviewees describe how they came to challenge the present separation between economics and sociology, what they think of the various proposals to integrate the fields, and how they envision the future. The author summarizes the results of the conversations in the final chapter. The individual interviews also serve as superb introductions to the work of these scholars.

Contemporary Issues in Sociology of Sport

Author: Andrew Yiannakis,Merrill J. Melnick

Publisher: Human Kinetics

ISBN: 9780736037105

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 479

View: 4798

Melnick, PhD, Contemporary Issues in Sociology of Sport includes: an exploration of topics and themes that have received limited attention in other sociology of sport texts but have been long-standing social concerns; a review of the attitudes toward female athletes and the anti-homosexual phobias present in sport; an in-depth look at the impoverishment of children's games in America; an overview of high school sport participation; a study of the challenges and benefits of the big-time collegiate sport experience; a critique of television's impact on sport and its portrayal of gender and race, and a review of sport and globalization. Unit I provides the reader with a historical background on the development of sociology of sport and addresses several critical issues about the relationship between sociology, physical education, and sociology of sport.

The Concise Encyclopedia of Sociology

Author: George Ritzer,J. Michael Ryan

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1444392646

Category: Social Science

Page: 800

View: 2511

This concise encyclopedia is the most complete international survey of sociology ever created in one volume. Contains over 800 entries from the whole breadth of the discipline Distilled from the highly regarded Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology, with entries completely revised and updated to provide succinct and up-to-date coverage of the fundamental topics Global in scope, both in terms of topics and contributors Each entry includes references and suggestions for further reading Cross-referencing allows easy movement around the volume

Voices in Sociology

An Introduction to the Core Concepts

Author: Cynthia T. Cook

Publisher: Cognella Academic Publishing

ISBN: 9781609277536

Category: Social Science

Page: 214

View: 5480

"Voices in Sociology" introduces undergraduate students to articles that deal with conventional and non-conventional issues in sociology. Selections in this anthology, some of which have not appeared in previous readers, are each preceded by an introduction to the basic sociological concepts and theories discussed within the article. Students will find the selected articles informative and applicable to real world concerns, while instructors will find that the book offers ample opportunities for class discussion. This book can be used as the sole textbook or as a supplement to one. The brevity and focus of "Voices in Sociology" makes it an ideal and unique addition to any Introduction to Sociology course. The readings in "Voices in Sociology" cover a wide range of topics in sociology, including: History of Sociology; Women's Perspective as a Radical Critique of Sociology; How Sociologists Do Research; Culture; Socialization; Deviant Behavior; Gender Roles; and Social Stratification: Social Class. Cynthia T. Cook earned her Master's Degree in Sociology from the University of Chicago, and her Ph.D. from Texas Woman's University. Currently she is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice at Florida A & M University, where she teaches medical sociology and population problems. Her area of specialization is medical sociology, demography, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Women s Studies with a concentration on global and domestic health disparities. She is co-editor of "Cultural Proficiency in Addressing Health Disparities, Voices in Sociology: an Introduction to Core Concepts," and the GRIOT (the official newsletter of the Association of Black Sociologists). Dr. Cook has published articles in the "Journal of the National Medical Association, Program Planning and Evaluation, Law and Medicine," and the "Journal of Black Studies." Professor Amitra A. Hodge-Wall, a graduate of Texas Woman's University, is an Associate Professor of Sociology at Buffalo State College. She is an applied sociologist who is often found working alongside community organizations. Most of her energies are spent on addressing issues that impact women, children, and other minority groups. In the classroom she embraces the orientation that encourages and empowers students to be active participants in society. She teaches social statistics, introduction to sociology, internship, social thought, research methods, race and ethnic relations, and women in society. Her research interest includes the examination of stratification in higher education. Dr. Brethauer-Gay is an Assistant Professor at Florida A & M University in Tallahassee, FL. She received her Ph.D. in Sociology at Texas Woman's University in Denton, Texas and her M. A. from the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida. Her research interests, though varied, tend to focus on the influence of social structures on individuals. Dr. Jessica Smartt Gullion is Assistant Visiting Professor of Sociology at Texas Woman's University, where she specializes in medical and environmental sociology. She has published more than 20 peer-reviewed articles and abstracts on epidemiology, infectious disease, and disaster response. Dr. Gullion teaches courses on the sociology of health and illness and qualitative research methods. Her Introduction to Sociology course takes a global approach to exploring sociological issues."