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.




Chafetz concluded her review of the contribution of feminist theorists to sociology in this way:

Feminist theorists have used virtually all theoretical traditions in sociology to understand the gendered nature of social life. In this process, they have offered rich and important critiques of the inadequacies of traditional theories that have resulted from the masculine blinders their authors have worn. They have developed revisions of those traditions that broaden and deepen the discipline's understanding of social life. Gradually, albeit too slowly, these perspectives are becoming incorporated into the mainstream theory canon. (1997: 116–117)

As well as highlighting the way women are systematically disadvantaged and oppressed in modern society, feminism has sought to challenge the invisibility of women – not least in sociology. Feminist knowledge is based on ...

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