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Sociology for A2 AQA / Edition 2

Sociology for A2 AQA / Edition 2


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The second edition of Browne, Blundell, Law and Whalley’s widely used textbook has been extensively revised to fully satisfy the AQA’s A2 sociology specification. The book combines sociological rigour and accessibility in a way unrivalled by any other book at this level.

Drawing on insights from recent examiners’ reports and mark schemes, and restructuring the materials to follow more closely the A2 specification and the AQA’s recommended scheme of work, the new edition also includes:

  • up-to-date discussions of a wide range of recent sociological data and debates;
  • extra exam-style questions on every specification topic;
  • special sections on research methods in the chapters on crime and deviance, and stratification and differentiation;
  • full-colour photographs, diagrams and cartoons, to bring ideas to life and fire students' imaginations;
  • a dedicated website at, with resources for teachers and additional material designed to help students revise or research themes in the book.

Key sociological terms are systematically highlighted throughout the text and are included in a comprehensive glossary, with thoughtful questions and activities at important points within the chapters to develop and test students' understanding further.

Pitched at exactly the right level for the AQA A2 sociology specification, the book provides all the tools necessary to help students achieve top grades and encourage them to take their study of sociology further. Following on from the accompanying Sociology for AS AQA, this is the perfect resource for success in sociology.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780745664125
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 02/24/2014
Edition description: Older Edition
Pages: 600
Product dimensions: 7.60(w) x 10.10(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Ken Browne was a Lecturer in Sociology at North Warwickshire and Hinckley College, UK, before retiring. He is the author of several bestselling texts, including An Introduction to Sociology, 4th edition (Polity 2011: 9780745650081) and Sociology for AS AQA 4th edition (Polity 2012: 9780745655512).

Jonathan Blundell is Head of Sociology at Lord Williams’s School, Thame, UK, and a Senior Examiner for a leading exam board.

Pamela Law was a Lecturer in Sociology at Stockton and Billingham Technical College, UK, before retiring, and was until 2012 a Senior Examiner for a leading exam board.

Margaret Whalley was previously Head of Sociology at King Edward VI College and a Senior Examiner for a leading exam board. She is now a Curriculum Adviser.

Table of Contents

Introduction to the 2nd edition
The A2 Specification
How to use this book
1 Beliefs in Society
2 Global Development
3 Mass Media
4 Power and Politics
5 Theory and Methods
6 Crime and Deviance
7 Stratification and Differentiation
Illustration Credits

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From the Publisher

''As with previous editions Browne et al have provided a comprehensive, contemporary and focussed A2 textbook which directly applies to the AQA specification. Via attention to the demands of the specification and reference to exam style questions the book is thoroughly usable and gives the reader clarity of purpose concerning the material.
A balance is achieved between classic Sociology and up to date material, giving students the opportunity to recognise the relevance and importance of sociological investigations in today's society.''
David Morton, King Edward VI College, Stourbridge and examiner for AQA

''This is an outstanding addition to the range of resources now available to sociology students. Ken Brown and his colleagues represent the very best in sociology teaching and this text, now in its long-awaited second edition, should be on the shelves of all aspiring sociology students and their teachers.''
Dr Gerry Czerniawski, University of East London, A-level examiner and National Teaching Fellow

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