Originally published in 1942, during the Second World War and a time of great social and economic upheaval, Henry A. Mess endeavours to give a succinct account of the main elements in social structure and of their interrelations. He offers discussions on such broad topics as human nature, the role institutions play in society, and warfare as a universal feature of societies. This title is a short and accessible introduction to sociology and will be of value to students interested in the subject.
Table of Contents
Preface; 1. The Nature of Society 2. The Biological Basis of Society 3. The Physiological Basis of Society 4. Patterns of Behaviour 5. The Role of Ideas in Society 6. Social Heritage 7. Social Groups 8. Government 9. Religion and the Churches 10. Education 11. The Geographical Setting 12. Summary and Conclusion; Name Index; Subject Index