This is the ideal starting point for all introductory students of sociology.
What is sociology? How did it develop? What are its key contributions as a discipline? These are the likely questions of any new student of the subject and it is these questions that are at the heart of The Story of Sociology.
The book is a unique introduction to sociology. It takes the reader through the 'story' of sociology: looking at how it developed, introducing its key concerns and theories and assessing its relationship with other disciplines. The books both introduces the subject and inspires the reader to continue their study of the discpline.
Written in an engaging and lucid style by one of the leading figures in social theory, the book is short and succinct yet detailed enough to challenge the reader. It is the ideal companion to any introductory sociology or social theory course.
Gregor McLennan is Chair of Sociology at Bristol University and Director of the University's Institute for Advanced Studies. Previously, he was Head of Department at Massey University. He is one of the world's foremost scholars in social theory and the author of the leading intoductory sociology textbook in New Zealand.