Central Issues in Sociology
- John Scott - Visiting Professor, University of Essex, UK, University of Exeter, UK, The University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Social Theory | Sociology (General)
This is a comprehensive, critical review of social theory that places leading contributions in their larger context. Written predominantly for students, the scope and range of the subjects and authors dealt with results in one of the most comprehensive introductions to social theory published to date.
Ranging from the philosophical foundations of sociology and the discovery of 'the social' to distinctive sociological approaches, to the significance of issues pertaining to gender and patriarchy, to questions of modernity and post-modernity, the book is comprehensive in subject matter. Among the distinctive features of the book are:
- Clarity of exposition from a well-known and respected commentator in the field
- Focus boxes to facilitate comprehension
- Tremendous range of material
- Powerful organization of the material around key organizing principles
The book is a major accomplishment which will quickly establish itself as the key set text in Sociology and Social Theory courses.
"This will be a major resource for anyone interested in the theoretical dimensions of social policy. The theorists whose work is described have almost invariably had an effect on the real world of policy and politics, and anyone concerned with social policy issues should be familiar with their ideas. The book's encyclopedic scope is a major strength, as is the author's ability to condense this material into an interesting and readable format. It makes a major contribution to the literature and should be widely consulted."
"John Scott has provided us with an encyclopaedic tour through the foundations and development of social theory which cautions against the contemporary fragmentation of academic work and demonstrates the continued value of sociology's heritage. The book will become a key resource for students and scholars alike."
This book provides an excellent overview of some of the most important sociological issues and weaves together the theories of important and influential sociologist. It is also written in an easily accessible way for undergraduate students.
A fabulous text by Scott that provides a perfect foundation to readers of Sociology. The book has been recommended to students of the BA (Hons) Sociology at our institution.
This book examines and provides clarity to social theory from a range of theorists- a good text for all wanting to get to grips with theories
Excellent for both tutors and undergraduates. Theory is tricky for undergraduates and this book helps to make it more understandable. Good!
a comprehensive guide to social theory giving a clear overview of leading theories