Social sciences round-up

May 26, 2011

Archaeology: An Introduction

Authors: Kevin Greene and Tom Moore

Edition: Fifth

Publisher: Routledge/Taylor & Francis

Pages: 416

Price: £70.00 and £24.99

ISBN 9780415496384 and 6391

This text considers the popular aspects of archaeology such as the discovery and excavation of sites, the study of human remains and animal bones, radiocarbon dating, museums and "heritage" displays, and goes on to reveal the methods used by archaeologists. It also explains how the subject evolved from an amateur pursuit in the 18th century into a serious discipline in later years, and explores changing fashions in interpretation in recent decades. This fifth edition has been updated by a new co-author, Tom Moore.

Social Theory for Beginners

Author: Paul Ransome

Edition: First

Publisher: Policy Press

Pages: 496

Price: £70.00 and £20.00

ISBN 9781847426758 and 6741

A new introductory-level textbook that aims to present key ideas and concepts in social theory together with an account of the intellectual background from which they emerged. It is intended for first-year undergraduates studying sociology and related disciplines in the social sciences and humanities. The book offers an introduction to the major questions and debates facing social theorists and sociologists.

Recording in Social Work: Not Just an Administrative Task

Author: Liz O'Rourke

Edition: First

Publisher: Policy Press

Pages: 208

Price: £18.99

ISBN 97818474564

Widely seen as a time-consuming chore, recording is a complex, demanding part of professional practice that has received little attention, despite a recent focus on the task in inquiries into deaths in care. O'Rourke considers this topical issue in light of the conflicting demands on practitioners and aims to stimulate debate on ways to improve the practice.

Understanding Agency: Social Welfare and Change

Author: Liz Jeffery

Edition: First

Publisher: Policy Press

Pages: 136

Price: £60.00 and £18.99

ISBN 9781847423313 and 423306

With the aim of presenting a straightforward introduction to the concept and a consideration of how it informs the practice of social welfare, Jeffery reflects on how agency and power interrelate. Agency's origin is traced and the contributions of key thinkers explored in creating a model of achievable change and an optimistic view of social work's ability to contribute to this shift. This text is aimed at undergraduate students and professionals training in social welfare, social work and education.

Understanding Theories and Concepts in Social Policy

Author: Ruth Lister

Edition: First

Publisher: Policy Press

Pages: 328

Price: £60.00 and £19.99

ISBN 9781861347947 and 47930

Intended for use by second- and third-year undergraduates in social policy, social theory and related subjects, this text from the publisher's Understanding Welfare series aims to cover the subject in a student-friendly format. Lister, a leading figure in UK social policy, draws on examples from contemporary social policy, using summaries and additional resources.

Story of Sociology: A First Companion to Social Theory

Author: Gregor McLennan

Edition: First

Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic

Pages: 144

Price: £12.99

ISBN 9781849663496

Written in an engaging and clear style by one of the leading figures in social theory, this book is succinct yet detailed enough to be challenging, and is aimed at introductory undergraduate sociology and social theory courses. It examines how sociology developed, its key concerns and theories, and assesses its relationship with other disciplines.

Crime and Society in Britain

Author: Hazel Croall

Edition: Second

Publisher: Pearson Longman

Pages: 488

Price: £.99

ISBN 9781405873352

Crime continues to be a major area of public policy and debate, and societies expend huge amounts of intellectual and financial capital attempting to measure and understand it. The second edition of this respected text provides an accessible, comprehensive introduction to the study of crime in the UK. Designed primarily for students coming to the subject for the first time, it could also be useful for those undertaking more advanced study.

Small Places, Large Issues: An Introduction to Social and Cultural Anthropology

Author: Thomas Hylland Eriksen

Edition: Third

Publisher: Pluto

Pages: 376

Price: £18.99

ISBN 9780745330495

In aiming to provide a clear overview of anthropology, this text focuses on central topics such as kinship, ethnicity, ritual and political systems, with examples that demonstrate the scope of anthropology and the importance of a comparative perspective. Unlike other texts on the subject, it incorporates the anthropology of complex modern societies. This third edition is updated throughout and increases the emphasis on the interdependence of human worlds, with a new discussion of the influence of cultural studies and natural science on anthropology.

Criminal Justice Research Methods: Theory and Practice

Author: Gerald J. Bayens

Edition: Second

Publisher: CRC Press/Taylor & Francis

Pages: 300

Price: £57.99

ISBN 9781439836965

Written in a straightforward manner, this edition covers important developments and updated examples in research methods and procedures, using real-world scenarios to demonstrate methods as well as giving practical and theoretical aspects for each method. It discusses scientific inquiry, establishing a framework for thinking about and understanding the nature of research.

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