This comprehensive introduction to contemporary sociology, known for its captivating writing, cross-cultural examples, and careful applications of theory to elucidate ideas, has long been a classroom favorite for both students and professors.
Ian Robertson's `Sociology' is an extremely entertaining and think-provoking introduction to sociology that is not only useful for social science students but also for whoever is interested in social phenomena.
Best IntroText EVER
Published by Thriftbooks.com User , 12 years ago
This is quite simply the best intro sociology text ever. The author is a fabulous writer and is well versed in the discipline of sociology. He no longer writes textbooks, and no one since has come close to being this informative and illustrative. Unlike most academic works, this one is not a chore to read, but a pleasure.
Best Intro Sociology text ever
Published by Thriftbooks.com User , 14 years ago
Ian Robertson, please do a new edition. Without question, this is the "classic" Intro to Sociology text. It is extremely well written in an engaging conversational style that grabs ones attention and keeps it. I have been a Sociology professor for 25 years and this is the only Intro text I've ever read from cover to cover. Even though I use a different text for my students because of the outdated data contained in Robertson's text, the nuts and bolts of Sociology still comes from Robertson through my lectures. It is a must read.
Still the best introduction to sociology text.
Published by Thriftbooks.com User , 19 years ago
Without a doubt, this is the best introductory sociology text in exisitence. Having taught sociology for many years I am quite familiar with many textbooks and thus I feel qualified to comment on this one.Why do I like this book so much? Well, let's face it, most textbooks are dull and laborious to read. Robertson's SOCIOLOGY is actually a pleasure to read. It has fascinating details which keep the reader's interest, is easy to understand, and above all, the writing is so good that reading this book is enjoyable. Above all, Robertson is able to accomplish this without sacrificing intellectual rigor. If it has a weakness, it is a little old now and some of the material is obviously out of date. However,despite it's 1987 publication date, most of this book is still relevant. Many texts try too hard to stay current, only to include issues and examples that quickly become "old hat" (Monican Lewinsky, O.J. Simpson, etc). But Robertson's text is a classic, and still worthy of a serious look both by professors and the general public.
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