The Social Structure of Modern Britain - 3rd Edition - ISBN: 9780080233437, 9781483147543

The Social Structure of Modern Britain

3rd Edition

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

Authors: E. A. Johns
eBook ISBN: 9781483147543
Imprint: Pergamon
Published Date: 1st January 1979
Page Count: 298
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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



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E. A. Johns

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Slough College of Higher Education, UK

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