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This is Sociology

This is Sociology
A Short Introduction

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September 2021 | 184 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

This is Sociology is an engaging, concise introduction to the key concepts used for studying social life. It covers a diverse range of theorists from the rich history of sociology and shows how thinking sociologically can help us understand our lives, the groups we are part of, and the rapid social changes and inequalities that shape contemporary societies.

Key features:

  • Uses compelling international examples and a range of theoretical perspectives from across the world, including theorists that have often been omitted from the established sociological canon.
  • Covers topics such as globalization, culture, gender, race, and class.
  • Introduces the latest approaches emerging from efforts to build an inclusive global sociology, one that moves beyond a Eurocentric perspective and is equipped for the challenges of the 21st Century.

The book is essential reading for anyone new to studying sociology and is supported by a wide range of podcasts, videos, discussion questions and further reading recommendations at

Chapter 1: What is Sociology?
Chapter 2: The Foundations of Sociology
Chapter 3: Critiquing the Sociological Canon: Building a More Inclusive Sociology
Chapter 4: Globalization
Chapter 5: Social Selves
Chapter 6: Culture and Media
Chapter 7: Class
Chapter 8: Sex, Gender and Sexuality
Chapter 9: Race and Ethnicity
Chapter 10: Changing the world

A scintillating introduction to what sociology is, what it can be and how it can mould our imagination not only to change our lives but to shape those of others.

Sujata Patel
Kerstin Hesselgren Visiting Professor, Umea University

This is Sociology  is a compact yet very wide-ranging introduction.  Woodman and Threadgold deal expertly with traditional topics like class, culture and generation; and introduce new themes, from necropolitics and queer theory to climate change, with contemporary thinkers from the post-colonial world. Clearly arranged, clearly written, this is a very useful guide for students and teachers. 

Raewyn Connell
Professor Emerita, University of Sydney

This is a superb volume of key concepts that enables students and sociologists worldwide to understand and navigate our changing social world.  In addition to a simplified text for students, one can find key references for each topic come from the Global North but also from Global South, as well a very useful glossary. 

Sari Hanafi
Professor, Department of Sociology, Anthropology & Media Studies, American University of Beirut

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