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Liberation Sociology / Edition 2
     

Liberation Sociology / Edition 2

by Joe R. Feagin, Hernan Vera
 

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ISBN-10: 1594516049

ISBN-13: 9781594516047

Pub. Date: 08/28/2008

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Liberation sociology is concerned with eliminating social oppressions and creating truly just societies. Liberation sociology takes sides with the oppressed and envisions an end to that oppression. Liberation social scientists featured in this book consciously try to step outside their groups or societies and view them critically. The authors examine theories and

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Liberation sociology is concerned with eliminating social oppressions and creating truly just societies. Liberation sociology takes sides with the oppressed and envisions an end to that oppression. Liberation social scientists featured in this book consciously try to step outside their groups or societies and view them critically. The authors examine theories and research of social scientists who ask, “Social science for what purpose?” and “Social science for whom?” Case studies offer humanistic, democratic, and activist answers. Featured researchers provide tools to increase human abilities to understand deep social realities, engage in better dialogues, and increase democratic participation in use of knowledge.

Many people of all ages today continue to be attracted to sociology and other social sciences because of their promise to contribute to better political, social, and moral understandings of themselves and their social worlds—and often because they hope it will help them to build a better society. We accent the liberation potential of social science with these social science teachers and students firmly in mind.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781594516047
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
08/28/2008
Pages:
306
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents


Preface and Acknowledgments     vi
What Is Liberation Sociology?     1
Improving Human Societies: Reassessing the Classical Theorists     37
U.S. Sociology from the 1890s to 1970s: Instrumental Positivism and Its Challengers     59
Sociology Today: Instrumental Positivism and Continuing Challenges     97
Sociology in Action     135
Doing Liberation Social Science: Participatory Action Research Strategies     161
Liberation Theory and Liberating Action: The Contemporary Scene     189
Sociology, Present and Future: Two Sociologies     233
Epilogue: The Challenges of Teaching Liberation Sociology     255
Notes     267
Index     295
About the Authors     306

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