The Uses of Sociology, Paperback / softback Book

The Uses of Sociology Paperback / softback

Edited by Peter Hamilton, Professor Kenneth Thompson

Part of the Sociology and Society series


"The Uses of Sociology" discusses whether sociological knowledge is important.

It introduces students to the main ways in which sociology is practised in the world and explores the major debates concerning its social purposes.

Comparing and contrasting different traditions of sociological thought, the authors examine the different modes in which they engage with the social.

Questions considered include the relevance of sociological knowledge to government, the public sphere, the media, economic life, social movements, 'race' and ethnicity.

The text also discusses related issues, such as whether sociology is a science or a cultural endeavour, and whether sociological research and analysis can be detached and unbiased.

Each specially written chapter is supported by carefully-selected readings, enabling students to evaluate the usefulness of different sociological perspectives.


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 360 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Social theory
  • ISBN: 9780631233145



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