What is sociology? Simply, it is the study of how society functions, or in some cases, does not function. Various competing schools of sociology have attempted to fit observations of social phenomena into different conceptual systems. Introducing Sociology traces the origins of these systems from Enlightenment thought and the pioneering work of Auguste Comte to subsequent developments in Karl Marx, Herbert Spencer, Emile Durkheim and Max Weber. The rapid expansion of sociology in 20th-century America and Britain, the post-World War II dominance of Talcott Parsons, the Chicago School and the rise of Structuralism are brilliantly outlined in a clear, graphic form. The book also examines the array of concepts and methods of research that have been applied to the study of society by the key analysts. This book is essential reading for students of the subject and for anyone interested in understanding the functioning of society.
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Review: Introducing Sociology (Introducing Series)User Review - Marie Smith - Goodreads
More confused about Sociology than I was prior to reading this book. Fragmentated, jumping from one fact to another, it is more than likely suited to someone with at least at little knowledge of the ... Read full review
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One of the better introducing books I've read - perhaps its greatest success is that it actually made me excited about studying sociology! Read full review