First published in 1962, this seminal work is an introduction to sociology in a world context, and a sophisticated guide to the major themes, problems and controversies in contemporary sociology. The book remains unique in its organisation and presentation of sociological ideas and problems, in it s lack of insularity (its wide coverage of diverse types of society and of sociological thought from various cultural traditions), and in its systematic connection of sociology with the broad themes of modern social and political thought.
'A work of authority and mature scholarship … of a consistently high standard.' - Times Literary Supplement
'A book which glows with knowledge, but which is also balanced and literate.' - Tribune
'The best textbook or general book on sociology produced in this country.' - Professor Ernest Gellner
'It ought to be read by anyone who claims to be interested in the subject.' - New Society
Part I: The Scope and Methods of Sociology Part II: Population and Social Groupings Part III: Social Institutions Part IV: Social Control Part V: Social Change Part VI: Applied Sociology
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