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Palgrave Macmillan

The Palgrave Handbook of Sociology in Britain

ISBN 9780230299818
Publication Date July 2014
Formats Hardcover Ebook (PDF) Ebook (EPUB) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan

British sociology has been central to the evolution of the field, playing a key role in the establishment of the discipline internationally and in the professionalization of the subject within the academy.  This Handbook, drawing together leading specialists from across the subject, provides a comprehensive history of the discipline within Britain and demonstrates the continuing influence of British sociological thinking globally.   
 
Addressing key moments in the development of sociology, this Handbook examines its 18th century origins in Scottish thought, 19th century evolutionism, the impact of the end of empire in the 20th century, the role of exiles, the rise of feminism and the implications of the most recent Government policies toward universities. The volume examines the institutionalization of sociology through the creation of departments, the development of research methods, the writing of textbooks and the creation and influence of the book series, the International Library of Sociology. Further, individual chapters discuss key topics of sociological study in Britain such as class, race and ethnicity, religion, the sociology of the body, cultural studies, and criminology, and its relation to other fields of research such as poverty, social work and the humanities.  Challenging received ideas about the discipline and recovering lost histories this one-stop overview is an essential reference guide to the growth of sociology and the sociological imagination. 
 

John Holmwood is Professor of Sociology at the University of Nottingham, UK. He is President of the British Sociological Association and co-editor (with Stephen Turner) of Sociology Transformed, a series of case studies in national histories of sociology, published by Palgrave Macmillan.

John Scott is Honorary Professor in Sociology at the University of Copenhagen. He previously held professorships at Leicester University, the University of Essex and the University of Plymouth. He is a former President of the British Sociological Association and Honorary Professor in Sociology at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark. He is author of Envisioning Sociology: Victor Branford, Patrick Geddes, and the Quest for Social Reconstruction.

1. Introduction; John Holmwood and John Scott
2. The Scottish Enlightenment and Scottish Social Thought c.1725-1915; John Brewer
3. Poverty Studies and Social Research; Lucinda Platt
4. Absent or Forgotten? Recovering British Social Theory; John Scott
5. Evolutionism and British Sociology; Chris Renwick
6. Religion and British Sociology: the Power and Necessity of the Spiritual; Stephen Turner
7. Sociology and Social Work: In Praise of Limestone; Ian Shaw
8. The First Sociology 'Departments'; Chris Husbands
9. British Sociology in the Inter-War Years; Baudry Rocquin
10. Building a Textbook Tradition: Sociology in Britain, 1900-1968; John Scott
11. The International Library of Sociology and Social Reconstruction and British Sociology; Jennifer Platt
12. Feminism in Sociology, Feminism as Sociology; Mary Evans
13. Exiles in British Sociology; Charles Turner
14. British Sociology in the Metropole and the Colonies, 1940s-1960s; George Steinmetz
15. Between Humanities and Science: Sociology as a Third Culture; John Eldridge
16. The History of British Sociology from the Perspective of its Archived Qualitative Sources: Ruminations and Reflections; Mike Savage
17. The Sociology of Community; Graham Crow
18. Sociology of Race, Racism, and Ethnicity: Trends, Debates, and Research Agendas; John Solomos
19. Research Methodology in Sociology; Geoff Payne
20. The Sociological Study of Religion: Arrival, Survival, Revival; Grace Davie
21. Criminology, Deviance and Sociology; Eamonn Carrabine
22. The Sociology of Work: From Industrial Sociology to Work, Employment, and the Economy; Paul Edwards
23. Sociology, Cultural Studies, and the Cultural Turn; Gregor McLennan
24. 'Class' in Britain; Wendy Bottero
25. Sociology of the Body and the Relation between Sociology and Biology; Stevi Jackson and Sue Scott
26. Sociology's Past and Futures: The Impact of External Structure, Policy and Financing; John Holmwood

Wendy Bottero, University of Manchester, UK
John D. Brewer, Queen's University, UK
Eamonn Carrabine, University of Essex, UK
Graham Crow, University of Edinburgh, UK
Grace Davie, University of Exeter, UK
Paul Edwards, University of Birmingham, UK
John Eldridge, University of Glasgow, UK
Mary Evans, London School of Economics, UK
Christopher T. Husbands, London School of Economics, UK
Stevi Jackson, University of York, UK
Gregor McLennan, University of Bristol, UK
Geoff Payne, Newcastle University, UK
Jennifer Platt, University of Sussex, UK
Lucinda Platt, London School of Economics, UK
Chris Renwick, University of York, UK
Baudry Rocquin, University of Oxford, UK
Mike Savage, London School of Economics, UK
Sue Scott, University of York, UK
Ian Shaw, University of York, UK
John Solomos, University of Warwick, UK
George Steinmetz, University of Michigan, US
Charles Turner, University of Warwick, UK
Stephen Turner, University of South Florida, US

Reviews

"This landmark collection takes stock of more than two centuries of intellectual work with importance for all of the social sciences, for sociology around the world, and for the self-understanding of British society. It is important as history, and important as a resource and orientation for the future." - Craig Calhoun, Director, London School of Economics, UK
"This is a book of extraordinary depth and scholarship. It sets a new standard for thinking historically about sociology in Britain, and is destined to become a classic in its field"- Nicholas Gane, Professor of Sociology, University of Warwick, UK
"Reflecting trends in its subject-matter – the development of Sociology in the UK – this multi-authored collection brings to bear the range and power of a team approach to provide both a wide range of attention and depth of treatment of manifold aspects of UK Sociology as a knowledge production system. Not only the academic work that has been produced across a range of crucial specialties in UK sociology is considered, but also how this has been affected changing crucial aspects of the UK cultural and societal context and disciplinary scholarly infrastructure. This adds up to a definitive & mature treatment." Charles Crothers, AUT University, New Zealand
"The history of sociology is an increasingly important branch of the field, presenting analyses in terms of long-running intellectual debates. This book, focusing on Britain but with broader relevance, makes a wonderful contribution. It deserves to be part of sociology teaching around the world."- Gary Wickham, Professor of Sociology, Murdoch University, Australia
"This interesting and very useful book investigates the empirical and theoretical origins of British sociology and explores the development of several popular subject areas over time. I highly recommended it for teachers and students alike." - Cherry Schrecker, Nancy Université, France
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