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`This is a wide-ranging and authoritative analysis of sociology's 'state-of-the-art'. It will set the terms of debate for the next decade' - John Urry, Lancaster University, U.K.`The profession of sociology was blessed by abundance of excellent handbooks. The one edited by Craig Calhoun, Christ Rojek and Bryan Turner was preceded by outstanding sociology handbooks, the most eminent ones by Robert Farris and E Lee published in 1964 and a more recent one by Neil Smelser in1988. The volume by Farris and Lee not only served as an introductory text to the discipline, but contained many innovative papers, which re-oriented social research for years to come. Smelser brought together the best possible and most polished overview of the contributions professional sociology at his time. The Calhoun-Rojek-Turner ...

Class and Stratification: Current Problems and Revival Prospects
Class and stratification: Current problems and revival prospects

Compared to other disciplines, the catholicism of sociology is striking.1 Sociologists spend relatively little time policing their boundaries and worrying about what ‘real’ sociology is (see Urry 1981; Abbott, 2001). Yet, although this openness opens up all sorts of possibilities for the subject as a kind of mobile discipline, it leads to difficulties in defining what the discipline-specific expertise of sociology actually is. What exactly do sociologists know that those in other disciplines do not? What are sociologists particularly good at? This question is not always easy for sociologists to address: its methods are not distinct to it, most of which are better entrenched in other disciplines. Documentary analysis is ...

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