Description : Using contemporary examples, this text asks what is distinctive about the way sociologists view society. This fourth edition includes new material on terrorism, globalisation, identity and the Internet, and remains essential preliminary reading for new students of sociology. Evan Willis is Professor of Sociology at La Trobe University.
Description : Organizations have profound and pervasive effects on our lives both at work and beyond. Indeed, we live in a society of organizations. Contemporary society and its organizations are in a period of accelerated, profound, and profoundly disconcerting, change. This volume brings together leading sociologists and organizational scholars to consider how various "classic" sociologists can help us understand this change. In recent decades, thefield of organization studies has become well established in both sociology departments and professional schools, most notably business schools. However, with this establishment has come a progressive shift in focus towards the concerns of academic peers and away from the big issues of our times. Ascompared with the increasingly academic focus of research in more recent decades, these classic sociologists were all deeply engaged with broader social and political issues.
Description : Provides an introduction to core concepts in sociology. Presents both classic studies and current references to illustrate sociological concepts. Examines what sociology is, why sociology is important, and why we study it. Demonstrates how various social forces impact our lives and form our social experiences.
Description : Sociology is the study of society. In order to understand society we must be able to see the world through the eyes of others. By using this social logical imagination you can understand the world around you. Sociology involves asking questions and solving problems. It focuses on looking at people and their ways of life as well as studying social trends, cultural changes, human development, social institutions, and collective behavior. Studying sociology also means looking at why things are where they are and at the relationships between humans and the world around them. The study of sociology helps us make connections between human behavior and society. - p. xxvi-xxvii.