VGC.Macmillan,1996.Third edition completely rewritten.First edition-first printing of the third edition(10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1).Large format paperback(small nicks,crease and scratch on the cover) in VGC.Illustrated with b/w photos,drawings,tables,stats.Nice and clean pages but with some foxing marks and ink mark on the outer edges,some creases and nicks on the edges of the pages,pencil mark impression on the edge of page 512.The book is in VGC except for the foxing marks on the outer edges of the pages.697pp including Glossary,name index,subject index.Heavy book(approx. 1.5 Kg). This is another paragraph Product Description : The bravest and most successful attempt yet to bring what is happening in academic sociology to the A-level market.' - Tony Breslin, Times Educational Supplement `The scope of the book is impressive. It.does not shy away from addressing important contemporary issues and perspectives.the most up-to-date, lively and comprehensive introductory text I've seen.' - Peter Langley `It is fresh in its approach and stands out from the other A level standard texts in its attempt to provide a theoretical context which is contemporary in feel.' - Tony Lawson, former Chief Examiner, AEB A level Sociology `I am impressed with the range, scale and scope of this volume. As always it contains a range of very good material where data are presented clearly and elegantly and illustrated with material drawn from a range of sociological studies.' - Professor Robert Burgess, University of Warwick Introductory Sociology has already established itself as one of the most popular textbooks in its field. This new edition is completely rewritten and redesigned, to include additional diagrams, charts, information boxes and illustrations, and represents a blend of innovation and continuity - both in terms of form and content. The four defining features of the new edition are a stronger mix of the thematic and the substantive, a more international flavour, a sustained critical edge and liveliness and accessibility. In connection with broad changes in the discipline, there are three of issues which provide the new focus of the book; these are debates about the status of modernity, globalisation and a stronger concern with the construction of identity. The result is a lively, up-to-date and accessible text that encourages the reader to think more deeply about wider sociological themes while developing a sound substantive knowledge base in all key areas. n nBook Description nThis welcome new edition builds on the strengths of its predecessor in its thematic coherence, clarity of exposition and analytical depth. It is carefully structured to cover all the main substantive topics studied at an introductory level within a framework that engages with exciting contemporary debates about modernity, globalization, and social identity. Key features of the new edition include: a completely new chapter on the media; extended coverage of social divisions to include disability, youth, old age, class, gender and race; and clearer treatment of social theory, incorporating discussion of work by such contemporary theorists as Habermas, Giddens, and Beck.