The Social Structure of Modern Britain

The Social Structure of Modern Britain

Pergamon International Library of Science, Technology, Engineering and Social Studies

3rd Edition - January 1, 1979

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  • Author: E. A. Johns
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483147543

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The Social Structure of Modern Britain, Third Edition is a comprehensive account of the social structure of modern Britain. Aspects of social structure are examined from a historical and comparative perspective. The book includes statistical information, not only on the more obvious areas like births, deaths, and immigration, but also on such lesser known (but no less important) topics as leisure behavior, income and wealth, and trends in criminal and other deviant activities. Comprised of six chapters, this book begins with an introduction to the demographic features of British society, including population trends in the twentieth century, socio-economic aspects of population, and fertility and mortality trends, along with the effects of immigration on demography. Subsequent chapters focus on the family, social class, and education as well as leisure and pleasure. The final chapter is devoted to three major mechanisms of social control in British society: religion, political institutions, and law enforcement. In particular, it assesses the extent to which religious beliefs and political attitudes exert control over people's thoughts and behavior, together with the definition of crime, the causes of criminal behavior, and the aims of a penal system. This monograph will be a useful resource for sociologists and social scientists.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction to the Third Edition

    Introduction to the Second Edition

    Introduction to the First Edition

    1. Demographic Features of British Society

    Population Trends in the Twentieth Century

    Socio-Economic Aspects of Population

    Trends in Fertility


    The Effects of Immigration

    2. The Family


    The Family Today

    The Emancipation of Women

    Marriage and Divorce


    3. Social Class in Modern Britain

    Introduction: The Existence of Classes

    Income and Wealth


    Style of Life

    Conclusion: The Changing Class Structure

    4. The Socialization Process: Education


    The Development of Education in Britain

    Education and Society

    5. Leisure and Pleasure

    Introduction: What Leisure is about

    The Five Ages of Leisure

    Leisure, Status and Social Class

    6. Social Controls and the Maintenance of Order


    Religious Affiliations and Behavior

    Political Attitudes and Behavior

    Crime and the Penal System

    Suggestions for Further Reading


Product details

  • No. of pages: 298
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Pergamon 1979
  • Published: January 1, 1979
  • Imprint: Pergamon
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483147543

About the Author

E. A. Johns

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Slough College of Higher Education, UK

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