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Core Sociological Dichotomies

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© 1998 | 448 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
This book aims to furnish undergraduates with the knowledge that will help them to understand and practice sociology and also to develop a self-perpetuating sociological imagination to enable them to think through new issues and new problems. It consists of a series of specially commissioned chapters around binary or dichotomous themes. Although many sociologists are critical of dichotomous models of sociological theory and research, the device crips up again and again in the history and practice of the subject. Chris Jenks and his colleagues use the dichotomies to situate students in current sociological arguments and topical debates.
Chris Jenks
Introduction
David F Walsh
Structure\Agency
Fran Tonkiss
Continuity\Change
Sue Stedman-Jones
Fact\Value
Les Back
Local\Global
David Silverman
Qualitative\Quantitative
Clive Seale
Normal\Pathological
Helen Thomas
Culture\Nature
Sue Stedman-Jones
Relativism\Absolutism
Don Slater
Public\Private
Joanne Entwhistle
Sex\Gender
Jean Popeau
Race\Ethnicity
David F Walsh
Idealism\Materialism
Josep Llobera
Nationalism\Internationalism
Paul Filmer
Theory\Practice
Fran Tonkiss
Civil\Political
Chris Jenks
Active\Passive
David F Walsh
Subject\Object
Paul Filmer
Image\Text
Don Slater
Needs\Wants
Clive Seale
Life\Death
Paul Filmer
High\Mass
Helen Thomas and David F Walsh
Modernity\Postmodernity
Don Slater
Work\Leisure

`Chris Jenks and his colleagues from the Department of Sociology at Goldsmiths College, London, have compiled an impressive contribution to a growing body of literature associated with the relatively recent resurgence of interest in sociology and sociological theory.... All in all this is a successful text that will almost certainly be extensively used by undergraduates and their teachers. Jenks and his colleagues have produced what amounts to a high-quality introduction to significant empirical concerns in sociology, and to the core theoretical concepts and themes that relate closely to the revitalization and development of the discipline.' - British Journal of Sociology


For year 1 this was not at their level and I found learners struggling. For year 2 and above this may be used as an additonal resource alongside a handbook

Dr shereen shaw
Department of Sociology & Social Work, Edge Hill University
November 14, 2016

Wealth of material covered from across the discipline, but comprehensively organised into abstract themes which break down relevant theories/concepts relating to larger ideas within our culture module. In particular: Culture/Nature; Modernity/Postmodernity; High/Mass, and; Work/Leisure.

Mr Karl Johnson
School of Social Sci, Media & Comms, Queen Margaret Univ College, Edinburgh
January 15, 2016

This is a good resourse text for social science students. It is similar in style and content to a dictionary and thus a good place for students to go for quick and direct definitions and meanings of key sociological concepts.

Dr Daniel McCarthy
Department of Sociology, Surrey University
January 31, 2011

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