Understanding Contemporary Society: Theories of the Present is a comprehensive textbook to guide students through the complexities of social theory today. Over 30 chapters, written by an international team of contributors, demonstrate clearly the practical applications of social theory in making sense of the modern world. Students are both introduced to the most significant theories and guided through the major social developments which shape our lives. Key features of the book are: clearly structured and readable prose; bullet pointed summaries and annotated further reading for each topic; makes complex issues accessible to undergraduates; focuses on relevance and practicality; chapter lay-out which is ideal for t

Social Inequalities: Coming to Terms with Complexity

Social inequalities: Coming to terms with complexity

There is a strange paradox about the current practice of social science. On the one hand, statistical evidence collected by social scientists and government agencies shows that inequalities between social groups have been increasing during the past decades; inequalities, for example, between rich and poor families in Britain and America or between the more developed countries and those of the ‘Third World’. At the same time interest in material inequalities as a topic for social scientific analysis has been steadily diminishing, especially those forms of inequality such as those mentioned above which were formerly explained in terms of relationships of class and capitalism.

This is particularly marked within sociology, a discipline formerly notorious ...

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