This textbook is a great addition to existing literature. Students find it useful to convay complex ideas in an understandable manner. The content is engaging, well argued and clearly communicated which encourages a high degree of critical thinking on the central topics this module deals with. In particular, the content on voting participation, social movements, the state and theories of power are particularly useful.
nice critical sections to complement the original articles and materials that I primarily use
This book is good and fresh - it offers an easily accessile introduction into the timely issues in contemporary Western societies that circle around how we may come to accept and comply with the interests of dominants in society. It focuses on the structure of power and inequality to examine the pattern of who gaines and who loses and why.
As it is very much centered on the US experience and discussion I do not adopt it as essential reading for a course at an European University but recommend it as supplemental reading to get a glimpse of critical perspectives in the US.
I will recomend this book. I like the author's approach and the focus on oppression. I also appreciate the discussion questions included at the end of each chapter to facilitate critical thinking and debate in class. Good balance between theory and empirical examples