Sociology consists of a myriad of frequently confusing concepts. Key Concepts in Sociology provides a comprehensive, lively and clearly-written guide to the most important concepts in the subject. It includes both what might be regarded as ‘classic’ sociological concepts, such as ‘class’, ‘bureaucracy’ and ‘community’, as well as subjects that have become increasingly prominent in recent times, such as ‘celebrity’, ‘risk’ and ‘the body’.
Each of the thirty-eight substantive entries: Defines the concept; provides a clear and compelling narrative; clarifies the main debates, perspectives and disagreements; gives advice on further reading
Key Concepts in Sociology should be the first choice for sociology students at all levels of learning.
At the start of his study of post-war Britain, Kynaston announced his intention to tell a story of ordinary citizens:
… of the everyday as well as the seismic, of the mute and inarticulate as well as the all too fluent opinion formers … an intimate, multilayered, multivoiced … portrait of society. (Kynaston, 2007: 1)
Relying heavily on Mass Observation reports and personal diaries, he provided a picture of how people coped with daily life and reacted to changing political, economic, and cultural conditions. Small-scale analyses of everyday lives have also constituted an important element in sociology, and sociologists have frequently used the same kind of sources that Kynaston utilised to explore aspects of the everyday that are routine, taken-for-granted, and familiar. For instance, ...