The Big Issues, 2nd Edition
Routledge – 2009 – 216 pages
Social Sciences: The Big Issues second edition offers an introduction to the big debates within the social sciences and to what the social sciences can provide as a means of explaining the changing world. The social sciences focus upon people as individuals and as members of wider communities and networks, and look at all aspects of human relationships from the personal and intimate to the public and political. The book covers contemporary concerns with identities, citizenship, migration, diversity, new technologies, and the changing and often uncertain impact of globalization. The second edition has been extensively updated with new illustrations and examples, and additional discussion of the responses of the social sciences to the mobilities of contemporary life, such as migration, living in multiethnic and often rapidly changing communities, new forms of citizenship, the impact of the material world, the perception that we live in a more insecure and dangerous world and the role of the media in presenting ideas about the changes that might be taking place.
Part 1: Introduction Part 2: Identity Matters: Us and Them 1. What do we mean by Identity? 2. Changing Media, Changing Messages 3. Embodied Identities 4. Buying and Selling; Material Identities 5. Where Do You Come From? Part 3: Citizenship and Social Order 6. Who is a Citizen? What does Citizenship Mean? 7. Weighing Up the Argument 8. The Challenge of Other Arguments 9. Taking Action 10. Thinking Again About Evaluation Part 4: Buying and Selling 11. Processes of Production and Consumption 12. Consumer Society? 13. Where is the Power? Part 5: We Live in a Material World 14. What a Load of Rubbish 15. Waste as Disvalued 16. Inequalitites and Material Effects 16. Material Culture Part 6: Mobilities, Race and Place 17. Mobilities and Diaspora 18. Place 19. Place and Race Part 7: Globaliszation; Opportunities and Inequalities 20. Different Worlds 21. Globalization 22. Movement of People; Migration 23. Different Views; Weighing up the Arguments Part 8: Conclusion
Kath Woodward is Professor of Sociology at the Open University. Recent publications include, Boxing, Masculinity and Identity (2007), Embodied Sporting Practices (2009)and Why Feminism Matters (2009). She chaired the Open University, level 1, Introduction to the Social Sciences and currently chairs This Sporting Planet, a level 1 course on sport and the social sciences. She works on gendered, racialised identities, at CRESC and on Sport Across Diasporas at the BBC World Service for the AHRC Diasporas, Migration, Identities programme.