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5th Edition

The Sociological Quest
An introduction to the study of social life

ISBN 9781742372822
Published February 1, 2011 by Routledge
210 Pages

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Book Description

What is sociology? How do you 'do' sociology?

Starting sociology can be daunting. This bestselling short introduction takes the reader on a quest towards a sociological understanding of the world we live in. Using contemporary examples, The Sociological Quest asks what is distinctive about the way sociologists view society. Evan Willis shows that they are concerned with the relationship between the individual and society, and that a sociological analysis involves an approach which is historical, cultural, structural and critical.

This fifth edition has been thoroughly revised and incorporates new examples on technology, terrorism, climate change and consumer behaviour. It remains essential preliminary reading for new students of sociology.

Table of Contents



1. Introduction

2. The nature of sociological explanation

3. Sociology's place in the academy

4. The sociological imagination

5. Structure and critique

6. The social and the biological world

7. Theory and method

8. Doing sociology


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Evan Willis is Professor of Sociology at La Trobe University in Melbourne, and one of Australia's leading sociologists. He has published widely and one of his books, Medical Dominance, was a winner of the Australian Sociological Association Award for the Ten Most Influential Books in Australian Sociology. The Sociological Quest has also been published in North American and Norwegian editions.