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  1. Subcultures: The Basics

    By Ross Haenfler

    Series: The Basics

    Subcultures: The Basics is an accessible, engaging introduction to youth cultures in a global context. Blending theory and practice to examine a range of subcultural movements including hip hop in Japan, global graffiti writing crews, heavy metal in Europe and straight edge movements in the USA,...

    Published October 8th 2013 by Routledge

  2. Celebrity Culture and the American Dream

    Stardom and Social Mobility

    By Karen Sternheimer

    "... a good book to add to an introduction to sociology course if you want to give your students a good sense of how sociology analyzes culture and media....There is a lot in the book and Sternheimer does a good job of weaving together hard sociological data on stratification, inequalities, wage...

    Published January 9th 2011 by Routledge

  3. Sociology: The Basics

    By Ken Plummer

    Series: The Basics

    A lively, accessible and comprehensive introduction to the diverse ways of thinking about social life, Sociology: The Basics examines: the scope, history and purpose of sociology ways of understanding 'the social' the state of the world we live in today suffering and social inequalities key tools...

    Published June 25th 2010 by Routledge

  4. The Routledge Companion to Social Theory

    Edited by Anthony Elliott

    Series: Routledge Companions

    The Routledge Companion to Social Theory provides an authoritative, comprehensive and provocative introduction to the key traditions of thought in social theory today. This ground-breaking reference work brings together major contributors, both established and emergent new voices, to reflect on the...

    Published November 18th 2009 by Routledge

  5. Fifty Key Sociologists: The Contemporary Theorists

    Edited by John Scott

    Series: Routledge Key Guides

    Fifty Key Sociologists: The Contemporary Theorists covers the life, work, ideas and impact of some of the most important thinkers in this discipline. Concentrating on figures writing predominantly in the second half of the twentieth century, such as Zygmunt Bauman, Pierre Bourdieu, Judith Butler,...

    Published October 19th 2006 by Routledge

  6. Fifty Key Sociologists: The Formative Theorists

    Edited by John Scott

    Series: Routledge Key Guides

    Covering the life, work, ideas and impact of some of the most significant thinkers in sociology, Fifty Key Sociologists: The Formative Theorists concentrates on figures in the field writing principally in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Including entries on Jane Addams, Theodor...

    Published October 18th 2006 by Routledge

  7. Sociology: The Key Concepts

    Edited by John Scott

    Series: Routledge Key Guides

    An essential A-Z guide to the full range of sociological thought, Sociology: The Key Concepts is an important addition to the established and successful Key Concepts series. Fully cross-referenced with an extensive glossary, this accessible text also includes: alphabetical listings of key...

    Published July 6th 2006 by Routledge