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.

Family

Family
Family

The idea that the family is ‘the natural and fundamental group unit in society and is entitled to protection by society and the state’, as stated in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (1966), is also present in other international treaties, such as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948: Article 16) and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (1966: Articles 10, 17, 22). However, a state's obligation to uphold the integrity of the family and respect family life in accordance with international conventions on human rights may conflict with its wish to defend national interests by controlling who enters or settles in its territory (Braham, 2005: 231, 234).

Sociologists might want to show that the family is a powerful ‘broker ...

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