Demonstrates the evolution of ideas developed by theorists over time and links classical sociological theory to today's world

Key Ideas in Sociology, Third Edition, is the only undergraduate text to link today's issues to the ideas and individuals of the era of classical sociological thought. Compact and affordable, this book provides an overview of how sociological theories have helped sociologists understand modern societies and human relations. It also describes the continual evolution of these theories in response to social change.

Providing students with the opportunity to read from primary texts, this valuable supplement presents theories as interpretive tools, useful for understanding a multifaceted, ever-shifting social world. Emphasis is given to the working world, to the roles and responsibilities of citizenship and to social relationships. A concluding chapter addresses globalization and its challenges.

Globalization: Key Ideas in a Global Framework

Globalization: Key ideas in a global framework

The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) invited Anthony Giddens to be the last person in the 20th century to deliver its annual Reith Lectures over BBC Radio 4 and the World Service. Rather than presenting the series of lectures in the BBC's London studios, as was the custom, Giddens decided to deliver them as open lectures at four different venues throughout the world: London, Washington, D.C., Delhi, and Hong Kong. Moreover, making use of the Internet, he made downloading the lectures possible and arranged to have a global question-and-answer session after each presentation. In other words, he made good use of current technological developments in communications and transport to illustrate the fact that ...

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