Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Sociology: A Graphic Guide - John Nagle & Piero

Sent to me by the Publisher in exchange for an honest review

Publisher: Icon Books

Copyright: Icon Books, 2016

ISBN: 978-1785780738

Format: Paperback, 176pp

Genre: Graphic Non-Fiction

Rating: 4/5

Summed up in a few words
Informative. Brief. Animated. Casual. 

First Impressions
I love Non-Fiction with a twist. Introducing Sociology: A Graphic Guide is as exactly as advertised, it is a clear, concise and illustrated trip through the history and development of sociology and the modern day implications and applications. Thank you to Claire at Icon Books for my review copy.

Book Synopsis
What is society? How does it work, and what does it mean to be a part of society?

Sociology is interested in the ways people shape the society they live in, and the ways society shapes them. Simply, it is the study of what modern society is and how it functions. 

In the series' inimitable comic-book style, Introducing Sociology traces the origins of sociology from industrialisation, revolution and the Enlightenment through to globalisation, neoliberalism and the fear of nationalism - introducing you to key thinkers, movements and concepts along the way.

You will develop insight into the world around you, as you engage your 'sociological imagination' and explore studies of the city, theories of power and knowledge, concepts of national. racial and sexual identity, and much more.

My Thoughts
I think that Icon Books have done a great job with their illustrated introduction series. Having a pocket and/or coffee table sized book that has a convenient format and bite-sized chunks of information was personally really helpful for someone like me who is constantly jumping between books everyday. 

Although it is compact and has a simplistic layout, it is filled to the brim with relevant and helpful information. Gathering together key pioneers in sociology like Marx, Mills, Bauman, Berger, Hegel, Durkheim and Foucault (to name a few...) and outlining their work, ideas and influences in concise text and eye-catching art. 

After an overview of those involved in the creation and nurturing of sociology, we get a straightforward and fluid insight into the theories and practices within sociology and the overall development over the course of its existence. Finally we get the modern day applications and results of sociology and a look to the future and the aims/predictions/outcomes that scientists expect to see.

The content is fine, it is a perfectly decent introduction into the field of sociology. I consider the artwork/graphic content to be the standout feature of this book. The imagery adds depth and emphasises to what the author is trying to convey to the reader. Having illustrations to accompany the text definitely increases the quality of both comprehension and memory.

Overall, you won't come away knowing everything you need to know from Introducing Sociology: A Graphic Guide. It is definitely a great place to start though, a platform to build your knowledge from and it is reasonable in price and easy to carry around with you if you ever need a quick reference. I recommend this book to those who want to open their mind to those around them, or those at the entry level stage of any sociology class/qualification.

If you want to pick it up then here are the links: Amazon UK/Amazon US/Goodreads 

About the Author: John Nagle is a lecturer at the University of Aberdeen, where he researches conflict and peace processes, multiculturalism and social movements. His work is widely published in the academic and popular press, and he has provided research consultancy for both the media and the international public policy bodies.

Piero is an illustrator, artist and graphic designer whose work has been included in the Royal College of Art in London. He has illustrated many Introducing titles. (Official Bios)

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