Investigating Sociological Theory
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Investigating Sociological Theory

by Charles Turner
     
 

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ISBN-10: 184920375X

ISBN-13: 9781849203753

Pub. Date: 03/30/2010

Publisher: SAGE Publications

This is an accessible, enlivening introductory book that provides a shot in the arm for all those who maintain the relevance of sociology for understanding the modern world.

It will inspire discussion in classes, and provide teachers with an opportunity to discuss the big questions in theory, history, social order and social change.

Turner provides a wealth of

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This is an accessible, enlivening introductory book that provides a shot in the arm for all those who maintain the relevance of sociology for understanding the modern world.

It will inspire discussion in classes, and provide teachers with an opportunity to discuss the big questions in theory, history, social order and social change.

Turner provides a wealth of concrete examples which demonstrate what a sociological perspective can do to unpack and illuminate everyday life. The book allows students to understand sociological theory from the inside. It moves effortlessly beyond the mere parade of great names and core ideas to introduce concepts that can be used to understand the social world in which we live, where this world has come from and where it might be heading.

Original, informed, and deftly written with the needs of students in mind this book is an antidote to arid theorising and the dull recitation of the grand sociological tradition.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781849203753
Publisher:
SAGE Publications
Publication date:
03/30/2010
Pages:
216
Product dimensions:
6.60(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements vi

Introduction 1

1 Classic and Canon 9

2 Description 24

3 Categories 52

4 Metaphors 79

5 Diagrams 112

6 Cynicism and Scepticism: Two Intellectual Styles 140

7 Sociological Theory and the Art of Living 166

Conclusion 193

Endnotes 194

Bibliography 195

Index 203

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