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Understanding Social Change: An Introduction to the Social Sciences

About the Series

The social sciences are currently going through a period of acute upheaval as they struggle to come to terms with the pace of social change at the beginning of a new century. The five second editions of the Routledge/Open University series Understanding Social Change form part of a bold and innovative educational project. Written in conjunction with the Open University foundation course in the social sciences, they offer students beginning study in this area access to fresh perspectives and new ways of explaining the changes they see around them every day.

Each book is designed to give the greatest possible support to students' learning - whether alone or in groups.

Key text features include:

* activities with comments
* short, stop and think questions
* marginal notes of key concepts
* reading extracts and newspaper extracts
* boxed case studies
* bullet point summaries
* annotated further reading
* photos, maps and cartoons.

5 Series Titles

Per Page

Ordering Lives Family, Work and Welfare

Ordering Lives: Family, Work and Welfare

2nd Edition

Edited By Gordon Hughes, Ross Fergusson
December 16, 2005

Taking as its focus three familiar and profoundly influential social institutions, the family, work and welfare, this accessible and exciting text looks at their role in maintaining social order and promoting social change in Britain from the 1950's to the beginning of the twenty first century. It ...

The Natural and the Social Uncertainty, Risk, Change

The Natural and the Social: Uncertainty, Risk, Change

2nd Edition

Edited By STEVE HINCHLIFFE, Kathryn (Kath) Alison Woodward
October 26, 2004

The age in which people in the West have treated society and nature as essentially separate matters is at an end. Environmental change and degradation impinge on all our lives, and even our genes are increasingly seen by employers and insurers as commodities.The Natural and the Social draws on ...

A Globalizing World? Culture, Economics, Politics

A Globalizing World?: Culture, Economics, Politics

2nd Edition

Edited By David Held
November 04, 2004

Today's news media is full of references to 'globalization' - a buzz word that is quickly becoming ubiquitous. But what exactly is globalization? What are its main driving forces? Does it truly embrace all aspects of our lives, from economics to cultural developments? A Globalizing World...

Questioning Identity Gender, Class, Nation

Questioning Identity: Gender, Class, Nation

2nd Edition

Edited By Kath Woodward
November 04, 2004

Our world is an increasingly unstable place, but current changes offer new opportunities as well as new challenges. This key volume provides an accessible exploration of identity as a contemporary concern in everyday life and as a key concept in social science. Drawing on work from a range of ...

Knowledge and the Social Sciences Theory, Method, Practice

Knowledge and the Social Sciences: Theory, Method, Practice

2nd Edition

Edited By David Goldblatt
October 26, 2004

Knowledge and the Social Sciences takes as its point of departure the claims that all forms of knowledge, the social sciences included, must be seen and understood in their social context. It argues that the social sciences both describe and transform their object of study, though rarely in ways ...

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