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Critical Concepts in Sociology

The Routledge Critical Concepts in Sociology series provides concise, authoritative reprints of key articles in sociology, collecting the essential secondary literature on key subjects. Edited by acknowledged leaders in the field, each set puts the development of fundamental concepts into their historical context, and provides students and researchers with a clear snapshot of current thinking. Collections span a multitude of subject areas, including religion, multiculturalism and celebrity.

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  1. Identity, 4-vol. set

    Edited by Anthony Elliott

    Series: Critical Concepts in Sociology

    A term of antique provenance, ‘identity’ has developed and cohered into a critical concept in contemporary social and cultural analysis. However, the daunting quantity (and variable quality) of the available research exploring the many, often controversial, issues attendant upon identity—and the...

    Published October 9th 2014 by Routledge

  2. Youth and Young Adulthood

    Edited by Andy Furlong, Dan Woodman

    Series: Critical Concepts in Sociology

    The parameters within which young people live their lives have changed radically. In particular, rapid and dizzying changes to education systems and labour markets around the world have dramatically increased the complexity of the so-called ‘youth phase’. While ‘youth’ and ‘young adulthood’ have...

    Published October 9th 2014 by Routledge

  3. Sects, Cults and New Religions

    Edited by Carole M. Cusack, Danielle Kirby

    Series: Critical Concepts in Sociology

    New Religious Movements (NRMs) came into being as a distinct subfield of academic study in the 1970s in response to the explosion of non-traditional religions that took place in the waning years of the Sixties counterculture. (The designation ‘New Religion’ is a direct translation of a Japanese...

    Published October 31st 2013 by Routledge

  4. Multiculturalism

    Edited by Gerd Baumann, Steven Vertovec

    Series: Critical Concepts in Sociology

    Edited by two leading scholars in the field, this new title in Routledge’s Major Works series, Critical Concepts in Sociology, is a four-volume collection of canonical and cutting-edge research. Serious work on multiculturalism flourishes as never before, and this ‘mini library’ meets the need for...

    Published December 1st 2010 by Routledge

  5. Celebrity

    Edited by Chris Rojek

    Series: Critical Concepts in Sociology

    In recent years, the study of celebrity has developed and cohered into a flourishing field of social and cultural analysis. There is huge interest in topics such as the politics and logic of glamour; the role of the public-relations industry in manipulating television audiences; the relationship...

    Published December 14th 2009 by Routledge

  6. The Information Society

    Edited by Robin Mansell

    Series: Critical Concepts in Sociology

    ‘The information society’ refers to a constellation of developments arising from the growing use of communication technologies in the acquisition, storage, and processing of information, and the role of information in supporting the creation and exchange of knowledge. Research on information...

    Published April 3rd 2009 by Routledge

  7. Society

    Edited by Reiner Grundmann, Nico Stehr

    Series: Critical Concepts in Sociology

    What is the nature of our current societies? Do we see a clash of civilizations, or the end of history? The advent of globalization, or the birth of the network society? Are we witnessing the emergence of a risk society, or the advent of the knowledge society? More fundamentally, is ‘society’ an...

    Published December 15th 2008 by Routledge

  8. Social Exclusion

    Edited by David Byrne

    Series: Critical Concepts in Sociology

    Edited by a leading scholar in the field, this new title in the Routledge Major Works series, Critical Concepts in Sociology, is a four-volume collection of canonical and cutting-edge research on the intellectual origins and the development of ‘socal exclusion’, a critical concept in the social...

    Published August 5th 2008 by Routledge

  9. Sociology of Religion 5 vols

    Critical Concepts in Sociology

    Edited by Malcolm Hamilton

    Series: Critical Concepts in Sociology

    This new Routledge Major Work is a five-volume collection of seminal and influential articles, chapters, and extracts in the sociology of religion and related disciplines. The collection uniquely brings together material ranging widely from conceptual and theoretical discussions through substantive...

    Published April 26th 2007 by Routledge

  10. Social Movements

    Critical Concepts in Sociology

    Edited by Jeff Goodwin, James Jasper

    Series: Critical Concepts in Sociology

    A social movement is a collective, organized, sustained and non-institutional challenge to authorities, power holders, or cultural beliefs and practices. In the modern world, social movements are one of the main ways that people try to control their lives and articulate their moral positions. From...

    Published February 28th 2007 by Routledge

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