Sociology: The Basics: 2nd Edition (Paperback) book cover

Sociology: The Basics

2nd Edition

By Ken Plummer


288 pages | 7 B/W Illus.

Look Inside
Purchasing Options:$ = USD
Paperback: 9781138927452
pub: 2016-06-16
SAVE ~$6.99
Hardback: 9781138927445
pub: 2016-05-31
SAVE ~$26.00
eBook (VitalSource) : 9781315682594
pub: 2016-05-31
from $17.48

FREE Standard Shipping!


A lively, accessible and comprehensive introduction to the diverse ways of thinking about social life, Sociology: The Basics (second edition) examines:

  • The scope, history and purpose of sociology.
  • Ways of understanding society and ‘the social’.
  • The state of the world we live in today.
  • Suffering and social inequalities.
  • Key tools for researching and thinking about society.
  • The impact of the digital world and new technologies.
  • The values and the role of sociology in making a better world for all.

The reader is encouraged to think critically about the structures, meanings, histories and cultures found in the rapidly changing world we live in. With tasks to stimulate the sociological mind and suggestions for further reading both within the text and on an accompanying website, this book is essential reading for all those studying sociology and those with an interest in how the modern world works.

Table of Contents

1. Imaginations: Acting in a world I never made 2. Theory: Thinking the social 3. Societies: Living in the twenty first century 4. History: Standing on the shoulders of giants 5. Problems: Puzzling some key questions of sociological analysis 6. Research: Critically engaging with the empirical 7. Trouble: Suffering inequalities at the intersections of social divisions 8. Visions: Creating sociological hope 9. Conclusion: The sociological imagination – 21 Theses 10. Appendix: Epigrammatic sociology – twenty little wisdoms to ponder

About the Author

Ken Plummer is Emeritus Professor of Sociology at the University of Essex, UK, and is internationally known for his research on sexualities and narrative. He is author of many books, including the best selling Sociology: A Global Introduction (with John Macionis, fifth edition, 2012). His most recent book is Cosmopolitan Sexualities (2015).

About the Series

The Basics

The Basics is a highly successful series of accessible guidebooks which provide an overview of the fundamental principles of a subject area in a jargon-free and undaunting format.

Intended for students approaching a subject for the first time, the books both introduce the essentials of a subject and provide an ideal springboard for further study. With over 50 titles spanning subjects from Artificial Intelligence to Women’s Studies, The Basics are an ideal starting point for students seeking to understand a subject area.

Each text comes with recommendations for further study and gradually introduces the complexities and nuances within a subject.

Learn more…

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General