Society Explained: An Introduction to Sociology (Hardback)
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Society Explained: An Introduction to Sociology (Hardback)

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Hardback 288 Pages / Published: 27/03/2014
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Society Explained introduces students to key concepts in sociology through engaging narrative examples. After an overview of the history of sociology, the book walks readers through subjects that include individualism; culture; socialization and imagination; values, money, and politics; marriage and family; religious diversity; and education and social change. Nathan Rousseau engages readers with personal examples and those drawn from wider society. Each chapter covers leading thinkers and critical concepts, and chapters build on each other to helps readers acquire a holistic view of society and their role in it. This concise book is an ideal introduction to the sociological imagination.

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 9781442207103
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 508 g
Dimensions: 235 x 161 x 21 mm


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Rousseau has written the clearest and most direct introduction to sociology this reviewer has read since beginning higher education in 1979. The author introduces more classic and contemporary sociologists than most introductory texts, and his writing style is interesting and understandable for any level of student. Within the descriptions of social institutions, processes, and theories, Rousseau provides relevant and interesting examples that should increase the understanding of readers. He is able to combine the works of the founders of sociology with later works, including postmodernism and liquid theory, among others. The book's list of sources is outstanding and thorough, a special strength that avoids promoting a preference for one perspective over another, a habit of many contemporary authors. Rousseau allows readers to select their own preferences . . . [A]ll academicians should explore this concise, outstanding work. Summing Up: Essential. All levels/libraries. * CHOICE *
Society Explained is an extremely close examination of some of the most important and determinant elements of society. It is not the typical hybrid of an introduction to sociology and social problems. Rather than attempting the impossible inclusiveness of traditional introductory texts, Rousseau drills down on the essentials. Absolutely recommended. -- Eric Strayer, Hartnell College
Society Explained provides an historical slant on introduction to sociology, yet is also personal, applicable, and accessible. It's an attractive option for instructors seeking an alternative to conventional textbooks. Rather than a collection of stand-alone chapters, the topics flow nicely and concepts build on each other. The book is clearly written, with an engaging style. -- Scott R. Harris, Saint Louis University
With inviting prose and personal anecdotes, Rousseau gives students more than an introduction to sociology-he gives an introduction to a sociological way of thinking about themselves. -- Pawan Dhingra, Tufts University

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