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The Penguin Dictionary of Sociology


The Penguin Dictionary of Sociology

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    Nicholas Abercrombie(Editor) etc.(Editor)
A 2nd edition of this reference guide to sociology which offers one-line definitions, and also longer entries that discuss issues, alternative approaches, central concepts, theories and writings of sociology. First published in 1984.

Nicholas Abercrombie is Emeritus Fellow of Sociology at Lancaster University. Stephen Hill is the Principal of Royal Holloway, University of London. Bryan S. Turner is professor of Sociology at the University of Cambridge. These three authors have collaborated extensively, particularly in writing The Dominant Ideology Thesis (1980), Sovereign Individulas of Captialism (1986) and Dominant Ideologies (1990). --Ce texte fait référence à une édition épuisée ou non disponible de ce titre.

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  • By Guest on 31 October 2002

    This is an excellent book , if like me you are a beginner to this subject . Explanations of terms used are written in an easy to understand way .Makes the complicated seem simple .

  • By omnigadrum on 16 January 2005

    First published in 1984 and now extensively revised and updated, this is an essential reference book for any student of the social sciences, to stand alongside your dictionary and thesaurus. Although it self-defines as being concerned with 'sociology', much of the content of this tome will be useful to social work students, psychologists, even students of literature and languages.Described as offering one line definitions of a wide range of social science concepts, the book does actually go into its definitions in a little more depth. You will find extensive entries on many of the major figures of social science, plus well-presented and highly accessible analyses of such concepts as 'alienation' or 'anomie' - both being conditions you are likely to experience when writing an essay ... and both being capable of amelioration by using this neat little volume of crib notes.I have a degree and a Masters in sociology; I work in social work. I've carried this little volume around with me since 1984 and still find it very useful, from time to time. It's now into its second edition - make sure that is what you get, because the earlier edition was before postmodernism ... and you wouldn't want to miss out on that! It won't actually pass your exams for you, but it is a reassuring little friend to have handy when doing revision or writing essays ... how do you spell 'ethnomethodology', and what does it all mean?

  • By Jenny Barnes on 25 October 2007

    Despite being a recommended book for OU sociology courses, this doesn't cover a lot of sociological concepts. Very disappointing, and I'm going to have to get another sociological dictionary that covers the ground more completely.

  • By C. Taylor on 27 November 2009

    This is a great reference book, really helpful. Doing HND in Sociology and find that this dictionary is clear and gets right down to the point. Have been out of education for a long time and feelings of confidence quite low, but having this by my side when doing any reading or assessments helped a lot, some of the words you thought you knew took on a different meaning in some cases. A great buy for me and I will use it for many years to come.

  • By VWBeetleGirl on 2 January 2014

    Didn't receive this edition in the post. The seller decided to send me a 1986 version.. when I clearly didn't order one... it was also a used book with library information and even a ticket inside?!? But hey, they quickly refunded the item with an apology, so was all good.

  • By Falcon on 5 October 2013

    My daughter started social sciences in college. I bought this book for her to make it a bit easier when she found terms she did not quiet understand. This book has helped her loads.

  • By Mrs K W Murrin on 18 September 2013

    A truly valuable resource for the Social Sciences student. It will broaden your essay scope and help you to learn the terminology with ease. A great reference tool.

  • By Deb on 20 May 2012

    I bought this as it was a set book on my OU course. Yes its does what it says on the tin, but I did not use it at all and regret buying it for that reason.

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