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The International Handbook of Sociology

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March 2008 | 568 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
This unique Handbook is the product of a series of state of the art reviews of sociology conducted by the members of the International Sociological Association research committees. Drawing on dedicated knowledge and expertise, the book constitutes an unrivalled guide to the central theoretical and methodological perspectives in the discipline as a whole. The book is organized into six parts: conceptual perspectives; social and cultural differentiation; changing institutions and collective action; demography, cities and housing; art and leisure; and social problems. Each chapter includes a comprehensive review of the literature, covering the full range of work from contrasting traditions of thought and approaches.

 
PART ONE: INTRODUCTION
Stella Quah and Arnaud Sales
Of Consensus, Tensions and Sociology at the Dawn of the 21st Century
 
PART TWO: CONCEPTUAL PERSPECTIVES
Mattei Dogan
The Moving Frontier of the Social Sciences
Thomas Voss and Martin Abraham
Rational Choice Theory in Sociology
A Survey  
Rhoda Reddock
Feminist Theory and Critical Reconceptualization in Sociology
The Challenge of the 1990s  
Ivan Varga
The Challenge of Modernity/Postmodernity to the Classical Heritage in Sociology of Religion
 
PART THREE: SOCIAL AND CULTURAL DIFFERENTIATION
Donald J Treiman and Harry B G Ganzeboom
The Fourth Generation of Comparative Stratification Research
Christine Inglis
The `Rediscovery' of Ethnicity
Theory and Analysis  
 
PART FOUR: CHANGING INSTITUTIONS AND COLLECTIVE ACTION
Barbara H Settles
Sociology of the Family
Global Advances and Challenges  
Richard G Braungart and Margaret M Braungart
International Political Sociology
David R Segal and Nehama E Babin
Institutional Change in Armed Forces at the Dawning of the 21st Century
Bert Klandermans
Social Movements
Trends and Turns  
Pierre Hamel, Henri Lustiger-Thaler and Louis Maheu
Late Modern Institutions and Collective Action
 
PART FIVE: DEMOGRAPHY, CITIES AND HOUSING
Dudley L Poston Jr
Conceptual and Methodological Advances and Challenges in Demography
John Walton
Urban Sociology
William Michelson and Willem Van Vliet
The Sociology of Housing
 
PART SIX: ART AND LEISURE
Antoine Hennion and Line Grenier
Sociology of the Art
New Stakes in a Post-Critical Time  
Gilles Pronovost
The Collapse of the Leisure Society?
New Challenges for the Sociology of Leisure  
Graham Dann
Theoretical Advances in the Sociological Treatment of Tourism
 
PART SEVEN: ON SOCIAL PROBLEMS
Deborah Kalekin-Fishman
Unravelling Alienation
From an Omen of Doom to a Celebration of Diversity  
William C Cockerham
Medical Sociology at the Millennium
Rumi Kato Price, Clyde R Pope, C A Green and S C Kinnevy
Mental Health and Illness Research
Millennium and Beyond  
Jon Alexander
Recent Advances and Challenges in Sociotechnics
Eleonora Barbieri Masini
Future Research and Sociological Analysis

`The most up-to-date survey of the range of research in contemporary sociology, extremely useful to students, teachers, and researchers alike. Indispensable for collective and personal libraries' - Professor Immanuel Wallerstein

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