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.

Public Sociology

Public Sociology
Public sociology

According to Giddens, the public character of sociology is of great importance: sociological findings and research reports are published in books and articles and can be scrutinised and critically evaluated, and though its subject matter is often controversial, evidence and argument can be analysed in public debate (1989: 22–23).

Yet, according to the editors of The Sage Handbook of Sociology, though the voice of sociology has always been heard in public affairs and sociological research has aided government policy-making and debates between citizens, in the post-war period the view was expressed (especially in the USA) that sociology was best produced for other sociologists as ‘pure science’ – and in consequence efforts to introduce sociology into broader public debates were ‘minimized or treated as mere ...

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