An introductory guide that enables students to grasp the essential elements of their subject, the methods used to study it, and the key concepts and debates within it.
The book opens with an engaging history of the subject, mapping the major landmarks and outlining the main issues of current debate.
The rest of the book falls into three parts:
Part 1: Approaches. Descriptions of the main approaches developed by scholars to study the subject, with lively case histories and working examples showing the approaches in action, and assessing their lasting value.
Part 2: Concepts and Issues. Brief introductions to their origins and evolution, highlighting their significance in the work of major thinkers.
Part 3 Key Terms. Concise explanations of all the words and phrases that readers need to know in order to fully grasp the subject.