The Big Issues
- Available for pre-order. Item will ship after December 31, 2021
Fully revised and updated, the fourth edition of Social Sciences: The Big Issues explores key debates about how we live our personal, domestic, and emotional lives at a time of enormous, previously-unimaginable change and disruption, including a pandemic that locked down households and economies.
Since the third edition, everyone’s life has changed. The pandemic – at least temporarily – stopped social life as we knew it and forced governments virtually to close down their economies. This is where this edition of The Big Issues starts. Staying at home posed a radical departure from routine life, but reactions to COVID-19 have exposed the endurance of particular social relations – especially inequalities – which characterize societies worldwide.
A few of the new Big Issues covered in this edition include:
- Changing selves and personal lives in light of racism and sexual and identity politics in a pandemic;
- Changing patterns of consumption in relation to market production and what it means for climate change;
- Changing intersections of citizenship, migration, and globalization in the context of the virus crossing borders – and both the opportunities and sources of inequality involved;
- Changing ideas about power, politics and populism in the aftermath of Brexit
Building on the strong foundation of this well-loved text, this fully revised fourth edition explores how big issues and social forces intersect to create both change and evidence of continuity, especially of social inequalities. It provides a clear, accessible introduction to the ideas and approaches of the social sciences across a range of disciplines, including sociology, psychology, and politics.
Table of Contents
2. Identity Matters
3. Political Action, Citizenship and Social Order
4. Markets, Buying and Selling
5. Mobilities and Inequalities: Place and Race
6. A Globalized Planet: Opportunities and Inequalities
Kath Woodward is Emeritus Professor of Sociology at the Open University. Her research is in social inequalities, embodied selves and body practices and critical feminist theory, especially as evidenced in the field of sport-in particular boxing and football and the Olympics. Recent publications include are Birth and Death: Experience, Politics, Ethics with Sophie Woodward (2020); Psycho-Social Studies: an introduction (2014); The Politics of In/Visibility (2015), Planet Sport (2012) and Sporting Times (2012). She has taught at all levels and chaired a number of sociology and social sciences courses at postgraduate and under graduate levels, including the very and the very popular OU level 1 ‘Introducing Social Sciences’ modules, having contributed to the most recent version presented in 2020.