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Discovering Sociology (2nd Edition)

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Pages: 425
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Paperback - 9781352011449

13 February 2021

$37.99

Hardcover - 9781352011647

15 February 2021

$109.00

Ebook - 9781352011456

14 February 2021

$30.99

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This second edition of a major textbook uses lively prose and a series of carefully-crafted pedagogical features to both introduce Sociology as a discipline and to help students realize how deeply sociological issues impact...

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This second edition of a major textbook uses lively prose and a series of carefully-crafted pedagogical features to both introduce Sociology as a discipline and to help students realize how deeply sociological issues impact on their own lives. Over the book’s twelve chapters, students discover what Sociology is, alongside its historical development and emergent new concerns. They will be led through the theories that underpin the discipline and familiarized with what it takes to undertake good sociological research. Ultimately students will be led and inspired to develop their own sociological imagination – learning to question their own assumptions about the society, the culture and the world around them today.

Historically, the majority of introductory Sociology textbooks have run to many hundreds of pages, discouraging students from further reading. By contrast, Discovering Sociology has been carefully designed and developed as a true introduction, covering the key ideas and topics that first year undergraduate students need to engage with without sacrificing intellectual rigour.

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  • 'Provocations', using controversial or counter-intuitive arguments to spark debate and make students question their own assumptions
  • `Good Sociology/Bad Sociology' highlights approaches for the budding sociologist to adopt or avoid
  • `Vox pops' interviews provide real life insight and opinion to give readers a practical handle on the sociological issues they've studied in theory
  • Tables, figures and evocative images add to a lively eye-catching design
  • Up-to-the-moment real-world examples ensure that learners quickly make the vital connection between sociological issues and their own lives
  • An accompanying website hosts author video debates; lecturer guides; a `Discovering Sociology Across the Globe' feature covering local issues worldwide; an interactive glossary; and more.

  • Two new chapters adding coverage on crime, deviance and political sociology
  • Updated examples, Vox Pops and case studies keep this new edition feeling fresh and contemporary and ensure diverse coverage, including from beyond Western sociology
  • Thoughtfully updated and refreshed layout and visual features.

1. What is Sociology?
2. A Brief History of Sociology
3. Sociological Theory
4. The Method of Sociology
5. Ethical Sociology
6. Making Modern Societies
7. Structures and Institutions
8. Social Divisions
9. Transgressions
10. Personal Life
11. Social Transformations
12. Sociology Discovered.


  • Author Videos – the book’s authors offer a chapter-by-chapter overview of what’s covered in the book. In addition, longer discussion pieces see the authors going beyond the chapter structure to examine key issues or themes in our world today and how these are reflected in the learning and teaching of sociology.
  • eProvocations – another batch of thought-provoking challenges to our personal and cultural assumptions.
  • Discovering Sociology Around The Globe – looking beyond the US and UK-centric sociological canon, this feature examines issues in society and sociology from across the world.
  • Methods applied – ideal for seminar discussion, this resource examines a study related to the topic of each chapter, and considers the methods used withinthat study to develop methodological understanding alongside subject-specific content.
  • A guide to sociology on the internet
  • An Interactive Glossary of the key sociological terms encountered in the text
  • Plus extra content that complements and continues discussions in the book

Visit the companion website at macmillanihe.com/McCormack-Discovering-Sociology-2e, or click through from under Further Actions above.

  • For instructors there is also a Lecturer Guide, providing tips on how to use each chapter; activities and exercises; extra assessment questions; and a guide to getting the most out of both the book and the companion website.

A dazzling mixtape of Sociology’s classic theorists, biggest ideas, and enduring approaches. Count on it to teach – and learn – the rigorous scepticism needed to navigate the world of misinformation.’ Judith Treas, University of California-Irvine, USA
Discovering Sociology is a remarkable achievement and is bound to become a classic in the field. It promises to be transformative both for students new to the discipline and for those teaching introductory Sociology. The second edition is even stronger than the first, with three brilliant new chapters, and with significant expansion of an already impressive range of compelling issues, paradigms, and thinkers. Offering an engaged, warm, and humane reassertion of Sociology’s continuing appeal, this work deserves to be the big introductory text to the discipline. – Chamsy el-Ojeili, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand ^; A spirited introduction to sociology and manual for aspiring sociologists, which includes marginalised as well as ‘classic’ perspectives. The second edition of Discovering Sociology builds on its pedagogical strengths, updating its insights for today’s controversies with inspiring enthusiasm and curiosity. – Jamie Buchan, Edinburgh Napier University, UK
This spectacular introductory text really understands its audience. Offering contextual explanations of the development of key sociological ideas and concepts, alongside real-world examples of research in action, this thoroughly accessible book will inspire students to critically appraise their social worlds. – Kate Huppatz, Western Sydney University, Australia
Discovering Sociology is a key text for undergraduate Sociology students.  Written in a lively and accessible style, it captures the sociological imaginations of readers as it discusses a wide range of contemporary and historical issues. – Peter Millward, Liverpool John Moores University, UK
This revised version of Discovering Sociology continues to offer an innovative approach to understanding the wide-ranging topics we as Social Scientists investigate. It provides in-depth and critical analysis of complex issues in an accessible and student-friendly way, while not shying away from exploring central and contemporary issues around ‘modern societies’, ‘transgression’ and ‘social transformation’. A solid and well-rounded introduction of Sociology to any student. – Eric Baumgartner, University of the West of Scotland, UK
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Mark McCormack is Professor of Sociology at the University of Roehampton, UK.

Eric Anderson is Professor of Sport, Masculinities and Sexualities at the University of Winchester, UK.

Kimberly Jamie is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Durham University, UK.

Matthew David is Associate Professor of Sociology at Durham University, UK.

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Mark McCormack is Professor of Sociology at the University of Roehampton, UK.

Eric Anderson is Professor of Sport, Masculinities and Sexualities at the University of Winchester, UK.

Kimberly Jamie is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Durham University, UK.

Matthew David is Associate Professor of Sociology at Durham University, UK.

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