Welcome to Sociology

The third edition of Basics will be published in October 2021


The new Web Site will go live here a little before that time


here you will find the following:

ENDNOTES FOR CHAPTERS – ONE-FOUR: references and some links for Chapter 1 -4

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

ENDNOTES FOR CHAPTERS – PART TWO: references and some links for Chapter 4-8

5.     Questions: Cultivating sociological imaginations

6.     Research: Critically engaging with the empirical

7.     Troubles: Suffering inequalities 

8.     Visions: Creating sociological hope
Conclusions: The sociological imaginations- twenty one theses


See also: WEBLIOGRAPHY: An extended alphabetical listing of some major sociological websites

FILMOGRAPHY: An extended list of flims of interst to sociology students …

EPIGRAMMATIC SOCIOLOGY: moe quotes of interest to socio0logy students…..


ACRONYMS: for the book



This lively and compact introduction to sociology provides a stimulating and critical guide to the ideas and debates that shape the discipline. The reader is invited to develop a sociological imagination relevant for today’s troubled world. It introduces theory, methods and the history of sociology and is packed with thought-provoking summaries, questions, quotations and activities. It also offers an engaging narrative about the role of sociology in the world showing how social change creates new challenges and how digitalism has brought new questions and methods. Weaving together discussions of the personal and the political, it links concepts and questions to vivid contemporary examples.

This new edition is fully updated with the latest references and data. It engages with current pressing social challenges, such as Covid-19; migration; sustainability and the environment; the crisis of capitalism; and deepening social inequalities. With its comprehensive, wide ranging thematic structure, it consolidates its position as the perfect entry-point to the field – supportive of the reader new to sociology while also stimulating those already familiar with some of sociology’s ideas.


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