Critical Concepts in Sociology

The Routledge Critical Concepts in Sociology series provides concise, authoritative reprints of key articles in sociology, collecting the essential secondary literature on key subjects. Edited by acknowledged leaders in the field, each set puts the development of fundamental concepts into their historical context, and provides students and researchers with a clear snapshot of current thinking. Collections span a multitude of subject areas, including religion, multiculturalism and celebrity.

  • The Public Communication of Science, 4-vol. set

    Edited by Massimiano Bucchi, Brian Trench

    This is a new title from Routledge’s Critical Concepts in Sociology series. Compiled by the editorial team behind the acclaimed International Handbook of Public Communication of Science and Technology (Routledge, 2008), this four-volume ‘mini library’ provides an easy-to-use, one-stop collection of…

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  • Identity, 4-vol. set

    Edited by Anthony Elliott

    A term of antique provenance, ‘identity’ has developed and cohered into a critical concept in contemporary social and cultural analysis. However, the daunting quantity (and variable quality) of the available research exploring the many, often controversial, issues attendant upon identity—and the…

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  • Youth and Young Adulthood

    Edited by Andy Furlong, Dan Woodman

    The parameters within which young people live their lives have changed radically. In particular, rapid and dizzying changes to education systems and labour markets around the world have dramatically increased the complexity of the so-called ‘youth phase’. While ‘youth’ and ‘young adulthood’ have…

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  • Sects, Cults and New Religions

    Edited by Carole M. Cusack, Danielle Kirby

    New Religious Movements (NRMs) came into being as a distinct subfield of academic study in the 1970s in response to the explosion of non-traditional religions that took place in the waning years of the Sixties counterculture. (The designation ‘New Religion’ is a direct translation of a Japanese…

    Hardback – 2013-10-31
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  • Multiculturalism

    Edited by Gerd Baumann, Steven Vertovec

    Edited by two leading scholars in the field, this new title in Routledge’s Major Works series, Critical Concepts in Sociology, is a four-volume collection of canonical and cutting-edge research. Serious work on multiculturalism flourishes as never before, and this ‘mini library’ meets the need for…

    Hardback – 2010-12-01
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  • Celebrity

    Edited by Chris Rojek

    In recent years, the study of celebrity has developed and cohered into a flourishing field of social and cultural analysis. There is huge interest in topics such as the politics and logic of glamour; the role of the public-relations industry in manipulating television audiences; the relationship…

    Hardback – 2009-12-14
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  • The Information Society

    Edited by Robin Mansell

    ‘The information society’ refers to a constellation of developments arising from the growing use of communication technologies in the acquisition, storage, and processing of information, and the role of information in supporting the creation and exchange of knowledge. Research on information…

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  • Society

    Edited by Reiner Grundmann, Nico Stehr

    What is the nature of our current societies? Do we see a clash of civilizations, or the end of history? The advent of globalization, or the birth of the network society? Are we witnessing the emergence of a risk society, or the advent of the knowledge society? More fundamentally, is ‘society’ an…

    Hardback – 2008-12-15
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  • Social Exclusion

    Edited by David Byrne

    Edited by a leading scholar in the field, this new title in the Routledge Major Works series, Critical Concepts in Sociology, is a four-volume collection of canonical and cutting-edge research on the intellectual origins and the development of ‘socal exclusion’, a critical concept in the social…

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  • Sociology of Religion 5 vols

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    Edited by Malcolm Hamilton

    This new Routledge Major Work is a five-volume collection of seminal and influential articles, chapters, and extracts in the sociology of religion and related disciplines. The collection uniquely brings together material ranging widely from conceptual and theoretical discussions through substantive…

    Hardback – 2007-04-26
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  • Social Movements

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    Edited by Jeff Goodwin, James Jasper

    A social movement is a collective, organized, sustained and non-institutional challenge to authorities, power holders, or cultural beliefs and practices. In the modern world, social movements are one of the main ways that people try to control their lives and articulate their moral positions. From…

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  • Social Stratification

    Edited by David Inglis, John Bone

    The study of social cohesion and solidarity and their antitheses, social fragmentation and dissension, are central components of sociology. From the very beginnings of sociology right through to the present day, sociologists have endeavoured to identify the forces that either unite people into…

    Hardback – 2006-10-26
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  • Men & Masculinities

    Edited by Stephen Whitehead

    Men & Masculinities is a new title in the Routledge Major Works series, Critical Concepts in Sociology. In five volumes, this set brings together canonical and cutting-edge material in the field to make sense of a rapidly expanding area of research. The sociology of masculinity began to…

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  • Transgression

    Edited by Chris Jenks

    Transgression – a concept defined as conduct that breaks rules or exceeds boundaries – is a key idea for sociologists, anthropologists and cultural theorists, and is a major feature of postmodern thought. Providing an inter-disciplinary base to the notion of transgression, this four-volume set…

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  • Childhood

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    Edited by Chris Jenks

    An extremely complex and highly contested concept, ‘childhood’ refers to a life phase, to the age-group defined as children, as well as to a cultural construction that is part of the social and economic structure of communities. Reflecting this complexity, these comprehensive volumes introduce the…

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  • Women and Islam

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    Edited by Haideh Moghissi

    This three-volume interdisciplinary collection is of use not only in Middle East studies but also in various other disciplines, including women's studies, political science, religion, cultural studies, sociology of gender and anthropology.The collection offers the most influential writings in…

    Hardback – 2004-09-30
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  • Shamanism

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    Edited by Andrei A. Znamenski

    Mircea Eliade descibed shamanism as the primal religion of humanity, the 'archaic technique of ecstasy'. The books of best-selling author Carlos Castaneda made it part of popular culture. Since the 1960s shamanism has continued to attract the attention of scholars, artists, writers and the general…

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  • Family

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    Edited by David Cheal

    This international collection brings together a selection of the most influential work on the concept of the 'Family' and related issues. Introductory chapters introduce the context for the main themes and concepts in each volume, and a comprehensive index allows the reader to navigate the…

    Hardback – 2003-09-25
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  • The Body

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    Edited by Andrew Blaikie, Mike Hepworth, Mary Holmes, Alexandra Howson, David Inglis, Sheree Sartain

    This collection offers a uniquely comprehensive guide to the sociology of the body. With a strong historical scope and conceptual framework, it provides an indispensable reference for undergraduate and postgraduate students, and a robust source for scholars working in the area. The central focus is…

    Hardback – 2003-08-28
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  • Sport

    Critical Concepts in Sociology

    Edited by Eric Dunning, Dominic Malcolm

    Recent years have seen a rapid growth in the field of sports studies. This collection provides an invaluable resource for this burgeoning field, offering a selection of classic works and more recent, groundbreaking journal articles on the sociology of sport.Key features of this collection are:*…

    Hardback – 2003-06-26
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  • Islam

    Critical Concepts in Sociology

    Edited by Professor Bryan S Turner

    Looking beyond the myths and headlines of Islam this text explores the religion from a social science viewpoint. The collection explores Islamic thought and institutions and represents a critical introduction to the system of Islamic belief and practice from a social science…

    Hardback – 2002-12-19
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  • Crime

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    Edited by Philip Bean

    This four-volume collection deals with the causes and prevention of crime as well as the treatment and punishment of its perpetrators. While taking a sociological approach to the subject, the articles gathered in this collection reflect the diversity of related fields and theoretical traditions…

    Hardback – 2002-12-12
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  • Globalization

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    Edited by Roland Robertson, Kathleen White

    Containing articles on approaches to and theories of globalization, this collection addresses the making of the modern world from different disciplinary perspectives.This set investigates the major components of globalization in its most comprehensive sense: the nation-state and the system of…

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  • Culture

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    Edited by Chris Jenks

    The history, various usages and different meanings of 'Culture' derive from diverse areas of study, including philosophy, critical aesthetics, literary criticism, anthropology, and sociology.These volumes introduce the reader to these multi-facets of the concept and the wide and often contradictory…

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  • Social Networks

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    Edited by John Scott

    Social networks as a concept was developed through social psychological work on the communication and leadership structures of small groups, and in sociological and anthropological work on kinship and community relations. From the 1960s, this idea came to be extended to a wider range of social…

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  • Race and Ethnicity

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    Edited by Harry Goulbourne

    This set brings together published articles, papers and book chapters that are central to an informed understanding of race and ethnicity today. The volumes are arranged around four key themes and will resonate with both researchers and teachers in related fields, as well as those who are engaged…

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  • Sexualities

    Critical Concepts in Sociology

    Edited by Ken Plummer

    Bringing together classic writings on sexuality from a social science perspective, this fascinating set covers topics including the history of the study of the area, theoretical approaches and issues of gender and sexuality. Focusing on the evaluations of some of the major traditions of sex…

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  • Modernity

    Critical Concepts in Sociology

    Edited by Malcolm Waters

    For the first time the historically significant accounts of modernity have been brought together, including essays by the main thinkers, such as Marx, Parsons, Mannheim, Giddens, Bourdieu and Adorno, as well as previously unseen material by lesser known figures. Modernity: Critical Concepts…

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  • Class

    Critical Concepts in Sociology

    Edited by John Scott

    Class and status are both foundational themes in the study of sociology. John Scott brings together the central theoretical contributions to the debate on class and status as aspects of stratification. Using a selection of seminal pieces and commentaries on the classics, it raises central issues,…

    Hardback – 1996-10-24
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  • Power

    Critical Concepts in Sociology

    Edited by John Scott

    The concept of power is at the centre of social science. It is surrounded with controversy and disputes however about what it really means. This collection, edited by one of the leading commentators in the field, brings together the indispensable secondary literature. It includes a major…

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  • Citizenship

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    By Professor Bryan S Turner, Bryan S. Turner

    The concept of citizenship is central to a wide number of debates in the social sciences: juridicial (the rights and obligations of the state), political philosophy and the law (because it defines the nature of expectations relating to social contract) and questions relating to freedom, equality…

    Hardback – 1994-01-06
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  • The State

    Critical Concepts in Sociology

    Edited by John Hall

    The state is one of the most important concepts in explaining the shape of modern life. It is also a concept surrounded with much dispute. What exactly is the state? How important is it in influencing personal conduct? Does it act impartially? What changes has it undergone? What are the varieties…

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