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Sociology: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) [Paperback]

By Steve Bruce (Author)
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Item description for Sociology: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) by Steve Bruce...

Steve Bruce conveys the essence of the field of sociology in this fascinating volume. A well-known populizer of the discipline, Bruce presents here an introduction to a way of thinking that will appeal to anyone interested in deepening their understanding of modern society.
Bruce reasserts the value of sociology as a social science, as a framework of understanding the human condition that grounds its explanations in reliable observations of the real world. Drawing on studies of social class, crime and deviance, work in bureaucracies, and changes in religious and political organizations, Bruce explores the tension between the individual's role in society and society's role in shaping the individual. Sociology: A Very Short Introduction demonstrates the value of sociology as a perspective for understanding the modern world.
About the Series: Combining authority with wit, accessibility, and style, Very Short Introductions offer an introduction to some of life's most interesting topics. Written by experts for the newcomer, they demonstrate the finest contemporary thinking about the central problems and issues in hundreds of key topics, from philosophy to Freud, quantum theory to Islam.

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Studio: Oxford University Press, USA
Pages   120
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.02" Width: 4.45" Height: 0.31"
Weight:   0.3 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jun 15, 2000
Publisher   Oxford University Press
Edition  Revised  
ISBN  0192853805  
ISBN13  9780192853806  


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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Steve Bruce is Professor of Sociology at the University of Aberdeen. He is the author of many books, including Religion in Modern Britain, The Rise and Fall of the New Christian Right, The Red Hand, and The Edge of the Union, and the co-editor of The Rapture of Politics: The Christian Right as the
United States Approaches the Year 2000.


Steve Bruce was born in 1954.

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an excellent introduction to sociological practice  May 13, 2007
This book is a well thought-out and clearly written introduction to sociological practice. Although he does provide examples of both particular and general topics that sociology investigates, the author is explicit that his intention is not to list various issues or problems sociologists study (in fact, he has an excellent discussion of the common misconception that sociology is the study of social problems), but rather to explain the methods and approaches that define sociology as a discipline and an area of intellectual inquiry. In this, he does a fine job.
 
Decent introduction, perhaps not up to usual VSI standard  Mar 23, 2004
I was interested in discovering more about this subject and having read the volumes on British Politics, Psychology and Buddhism I decided to read this. Unfortunately it is not the best in the series - it fails to group its ideas into a particularly memorable structure, leaving the reader with disjointed thoughts but little essence of the main points of the subject. Nevertheless, as always with this series, a good way to get into a topic you don't know much about. The use of anecdotes and examples is engaging but occasionally seemingly off-point. Nevertheless, eminently readable. 3 stars.
 
Nonetheless, a worthwhile review  Oct 21, 2002
David Ross (in another review) is accurate and forthright. Bruce's read is indeed willy-nilly and impressionistic. These characteristics are the fault, but also the tool, of his writing many short such summaries. Someone who has only briefly visited the discipline for a writing assignment cannot be expected to know, for example, that there is already a body of theory (developed by Donald Black) which does what Bruce implies is either impossible or uninteresting: provide scientific order to a vast array of variation in social life without regard to individuals as such, and without the use of anything remotely psychological.

Befitting a "very short introduction", the reader should not be relied upon for much more than a brief glance. However, it does provide the glance, and even does so with continuity as well as both humor and grace. While the coverage is lacking, the verbiage is pleasingly precise. Don't read this to *complete* your investigation into sociology. But don't back away from it as a very short introduction. That is all it is, and all it was meant to be.

 
Nonetheless, a worthwhile review  Oct 21, 2002
David Ross (in another review) is accurate and forthright. Bruce's read is indeed willy-nilly and impressionistic. These characteristics are the fault, but also the tool, of his writing many short such summaries. Someone who has only briefly visited the discipline for a writing assignment cannot be expected to know, for example, that there is already a body of theory (developed by Donald Black) which does what Bruce implies is either impossible or uninteresting: provide scientific order to a vast array of variation in social life without regard to individuals as such, and without the use of anything remotely psychological.

Befitting a "very short introduction", the reader should not be relied upon for much more than a brief glance. However, it does provide the glance, and even does so continuity as well as both humor and grace. While the coverage is lacking, the verbiage is pleasingly precise.

Don't read this to *complete* your investigation into sociology. But don't back away from it as a very short introduction. That is all it is, and all it was meant to be.

 
scattered and uninformative  May 21, 2001
I purchased this book based on the fine coverage given to other topics in the series, Literary Criticism and Politics, and am rather disappointed with this selection. The author favors an extensive use of conversational examples, a strategy I would otherwise find appealing if not so interruptive, over any narrative or memorable structuring of the topic. The concerns of sociologists are introduced willy-nilly, and the reader might be convinced that the reason sociology is not a science per se is not that there are difficulties with experimentation and reproduciblity, but that sociologists lack a game plan entirely. If you seek a book that will help you speak about sociology with any insight, look elsewhere for something less impressionisitic.
 

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