by Steven L. Nock, Lewis A. Coser, Patricia A. Steffan, and Daphne Spain
Sociology, the study of human beings in society, is a relatively young discipline - only about two-hundred years old. The first sociologists sought to explain abrupt changes in the human condition that accompanied the industrial revolution, the growth of large organizations, and the decline of rural life. Today, with vast social changes again taking place, sociologists offer valuable insights into the upheavals of our own time - the shift to a service economy, the rapid changes in relationships between men and women, and the startling demands for political and economic freedom in the long-stagnent societies of Central Europe. This textbook is based on the belief that sociological understanding of our society is as critical now as an understanding of the industrial society was at the dawn of the modern era.
Despite its short history, sociology can boast a body of knowledge comparable to that of much older disciplines. Sociology claims such seminal scholars as Karl Marx, Max Weber, and Émile Durkheim, whose works have had a profound impact on the way we think about social phenomena. Contemporary sociology utilizes an impressive collection of data accumulated over more than a century of systematic inquiry into the social world. This book introduces beginning students to the rich heritage of sociology - both its theoretical perspectives and its body of scientific knowledge.
More books by Steven L. Nock
in Men's Lives
Measuring Social Judgements: The Factorial Survey Approach
The Costs of Privacy-Surveillance & Reputation in America
The Sociology of Public Issues
Sociology of the Family - Second Edition
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