Sociology: Principles of Sociology with an Introduction to Sociological Thought, 7/e

Sociology: Principles of Sociology with an Introduction to Sociological Thought, 7/e

Authors : C N Shankar Rao

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About the Author

C N Shankar Rao :-
Lecturer in Sociology Canara Pre-University College Mangalore, Karnataka.

About the Book

This textbook has been comprehensively written to acquaint the students with the fundamental concepts of Sociology as well as provide an introduction to the diverse aspects of Sociology. Students will be introduced to the origins of Sociology as a discipline and would get to explore relevant topics such as inequality, institutions, control, change, disorganisation and problems in the society. Topics such as applied sociology and sociological thought have also been discussed to give a complete overview of the subject. This textbook not only caters to the requirements of the undergraduate students of Sociology and Law courses but is also a useful reference for postgraduate students and aspirants appearing for various competitive examinations.


Part One: Introduction Sociology:
1. Introduction, 2. Definition, Scope and Uses of Sociology, 3. Some Branches of Sociology, 4. Methods of Sociology, 5. Social Research: Its Methods and Techniques, 6. Sociology and Other Social Sciences, 7. The Study of Human Society

Part Two: Basic Sociological Terms:
8. Some Basic Concepts, 9. Role and Status, 10. Power—Authority—Status, 11. Social Structure and Function

Part Three: Individual-Culture-Society:
12. Individual and Society, 13. Environment and Heredity, 14. Types of Societies, 15. Community and Individual, 16. Women in Society, 17. Culture and Civilisation, 18. Socialisation and Culture, 19. Social Groups, 20. Social Processes, 21. Organisation and Individual

Part Four: Social Inequality:
22. Social Differentiation and Social Stratification, 23. Caste-Estates and Class, 24. Race and Ethnic Relations, 25. Social Mobility, 25. Social Mobility, 26. Some Aspects of Social Mobility

Part Five: Social Institutions:
27. Marriage, 28. Marriage in India, 29. The Family, 30. Kinship System, 31. The Educational System, 32. The Economic System, 33. The Political System, 34. Religion-Morality and Magic

Part Six: Social Control:
35. Meaning and Nature of Social Control, 36. Folkways - Mores - Customs - Sanctions, 37. Social Norms and Social Values, 38. Social Conformity and Deviance

Part Seven: Social Change:
39. Meaning and Nature of Social Change, 40. Theories and Factors of Social Change

Part Eight: Collective Behaviour and Social Movements:
41. Collective Behaviour, 42. Social Movements

Part Nine: Social Disorganisation and Social Problems:
43. Social Disorganisation, 44. Juvenile Delinquency, Youth Unrest and Problems of Aged, 45. The Problem of Overpopulation in India, 46. The Problem of Poverty, 47. Unemployment Problem, 48. Problems of the Under-Privileged (Scheduled Castes, Tribes and Other Backward Classes), 49. Corruption and Black Money in Society

Part Ten: Applied Sociology:
50. The Problem of Order, 51. Applied Sociology, 52. Science, Technology and Society, 53. Social Work, Social Security and Social Welfare: Conceptual Overviews

Part Eleven: Sociological Thought:
54. Introduction to Social Thought, 55. Auguste Comte and His Thoughts, 56. Herbert Spencer and His Thoughts, 57. Durkheim and His Contributions, 58. Max Weber and His Thoughts, 59. Karl Marx and His Thoughts, 60. Talcott Parsons and Robert K. Merton: Their Contributions 

• Bibliography
• UPSC Civil Services (Main) Examination Question Papers (2014-2018)

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• In-depth discussion on topics such as Women in Society, Social Work, Social Welfare and Social Security
• Inclusion of a chapter on Problem of Overpopulation in India to give a contemporary approach and treatment to the problem
• Besides chapter-end degree level questions, it also incorporates five years' question papers of UPSC Civil Services (Main) Examination, 2014-2018