Sociology: Made Simple covers issues being discussed in contemporary sociology.
The book tackles Sociology with regard to its definition, social sciences, theories, and different approaches (i.e., positivism, functionalism, symbolic interactionism, and Marxist sociology). The text also discusses social class in Britain; family life in contemporary Britain; the main aspects of the sociology of education; and studies in youth culture. The effects of mass media, industrialization, work, poverty, welfare, state, politics, and distribution of power in the process of social control are also considered. Each chapter of the book is provided with lists of further reading.
Students engaged in sociology course and general readers will find the book invaluable.
1 What Is Sociology?
Sociology and the Social Sciences
Sociology and Science
Phenomenology and Ethnomethodology
Two Sides of the Same Coin?
Where's the Evidence?
2 Social Class in Britain
Test Your Class-Consciousness
Subjective and Objective Definitions of Social Class
The Middle Class and the Working Class
The Upper Class
Income and Wealth
Economic and Cultural Definitions of Social Class
What About Women?
Does Class Count?
The Embourgeoisement Debate
Marx' Theory of Class
Criticisms of Marx' Theory of Class
Max Weber's Theories of Stratification
3 The Family
Human Nature or Social Convenience?
The Functions of the Family
The Family and the Economic System
The Family in Socialist Societies
The Family in Capitalist Societies
Changing Roles within the Family
Informal and Formal Education
The Historical Context
Secondary Education for All
Views on Segregation
Research and Party Politics
The Current Situation
The Social Functions of Education
Education and the Economic System
Education and the Social System
Education and the Political System
Education as an Agency of Social Control
Social Factors Affecting Educational Failure
5 Studies in Youth Culture
Subculture and Culture
Culture and Economics
The Creation of Culture
Adolescence and Culture
The Social Class Factors
Why Study the Workers?
Ruling by Consent
The Swinging Sixties?
The Re-emergence of Class
The Response to Social Changes in the Fifties and Sixties
Youth Cultural Response: Mods and Skinheads
Youth Cultures in Context
Girls and Youth Culture
6 The Mass Media
The Media Business
Independent Television and Radio
Broadcasting and the State
Areas of Concern
The Effects of Broadcasting
The Growth and Development of the British Press
Indoctrination or IncoφOΓation?
What is News?
It Can't Be All Bad!
7 Industry and Industrial Change
The Industrialization of Britain
The Organization of Labor
Industry and Capitalism in the North-East before the Second World War
Industrial Decline—A Regional Problem?
Industry and Capitalism in the North-East after the Second World War
Industrial Decline—An Inner City Problem?
The Class Factor
The Impact of Science and Technology
A New Industrial Revolution?
Support for Small Businesses
The Pattern of Industrial Change—A Summary
8 Working Lives
The Definition of Work
Studies of Work
The Influence of Work on Leisure Activities
The Culture of Work
Middle-Class Culture of Work
Working-class Culture of Work
The Old' and the 'New' Professions
Professions and Other Workers
Professional Status and Social Respect
Women in the Workforce
Equal Pay and Sex Discrimination
The Equal Opportunities Commission
9 Poverty and Welfare
The Discovery of Poverty
Industrialization and the Growth of Capitalism
The Turn of the Century
Poverty and Unemployment Between the Wars
The Beveridge Report
The Appointed Day
Definitions of Poverty
The Government's Poverty Program
'Blaming the Victims'
'Blaming the System'
Cutting the Welfare State
State Care or State Control?
10 Politics and Power
The Distribution of Power
Power and the Ruling Class
Wealth and Income
The Controllers of British Industry
Business and Government
Elitism and Power
Pluralism and Power
The Pluralist Interpretation of Legitimation
The Process of Legitimation—A Marxist Analysis
Politics and Power
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- © Made Simple 1982
- 1st January 1982
- Made Simple
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