Monday, March 25, 2013

Introducing Sociology - A Graphic Guide

Authors:     Richard Osborne & Borin Van Loon
Published:  2009
Publisher:   Icon Books Ltd.
Paperback: 176 pages

This book aims to introduce the subject of Sociology through comic book style narration.
It traces the origins of sociology from Enlightenment thought and the pioneering work of Auguste Comte to subsequent developments by Karl Marx, Herbert Spencer, Emile Durkheim and Max Weber.
It also explores the rapid expansion of sociology in 20th-century America and Britain, the post-Second World War dominance of Talcott Parsons, the Chicago School and the rise of structuralism.

The narrative in spite of being propped up by illustrations is quite dull and I could not  go beyond reading 8-10 pages in a single stretch.
Besides too much stuff is crammed into this pocket size book of 170 odd pages. For subjects as abstract as Sociology, it would have been better if the authors have chosen a few key topics and explained the concepts at length. 
While this book may be OK as a quick brush up on certain concepts and topics, I don't consider it as a good introduction to Sociology. There may be better books in the market.


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