Social Lens: An Invitation to Social and Sociological Theory

Social Lens: An Invitation to Social and Sociological Theory

by Kenneth D. Allan
     
 

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The Social Lens: An Invitation to Social and Sociological Theory covers the key thinkers in Western thought for the past 200 years. Written in a conversational style that is both appealing and provocative, this text uses real life examples to draw readers in and invite them to consider the ideas that have shaped our understanding of society.

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The Social Lens: An Invitation to Social and Sociological Theory covers the key thinkers in Western thought for the past 200 years. Written in a conversational style that is both appealing and provocative, this text uses real life examples to draw readers in and invite them to consider the ideas that have shaped our understanding of society.

Key Features:

  • Provides in-depth coverage of 30 individual theorists: The book is divided into three sections covering the classics, the organized perspectives, and contemporary critiques and visions. Importantly, the book gives full treatment to and explicitly allows each of the 30 authors their individual perspectives and voices, allowing critical theorists to be critical and positivist theorists to be scientific.
  • Emphasizes the problem of modernity/postmodernity as a thinking framework: Roughly organized around the theme of modernity, the book traces theories of race and gender through the three periods, beginning with the positive philosophy of Harriet Martineau and ending with the disenchantment of Jean Baudrillard.
  • Explicitly written as an invitation to students: This book contains unparalleled pedagogical features, including study guides, "Seeing Further," "Defining the Perspective," "Essential Theorist" boxes, "Glossary of Terms," and "Building Your Theory Toolbox." These pedagogical features help the student organize and review the material, see their world in theoretical terms, and move beyond the book to begin their own research in theory.

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Teaching Sociology
"This textbook’s tone invites the student reader in to explore with the author each new chapter of uncovered ground. . . . Allan also encourages students to think beyond the theory on the page to its implications for global society by providing what he calls ‘theory you can use’ . . . a fresh, new and bold approach to the theory textbook. "— Barbara J. Denison
TEACHING SOCIOLOGY - Barbara J. Denison
"This textbook’s tone invites the student reader in to explore with the author each new chapter of uncovered ground. . . . Allan also encourages students to think beyond the theory on the page to its implications for global society by providing what he calls ‘theory you can use’ . . . a fresh, new and bold approach to the theory textbook."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781412914093
Publisher:
Sage Publications (CA)
Publication date:
12/12/2006
Pages:
632
Product dimensions:
7.28(w) x 10.32(h) x 1.32(d)

Meet the Author

Kenneth Allan received his Ph D in sociology from the University of California, Riverside (1995), and is currently professor of Sociology at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG). Before moving to UNCG, he directed the Teaching Assistant Development Program at the University of California, Riverside, and coedited Training Teaching Assistants, 2nd Edition (1997), published by the American Sociological Association. In addition to teaching classical and contemporary theory at UNCG, Allan also supervised UNCG’s sociology i School program, which offered online introduction to sociology classes to high school students across North Carolina, has designed several online courses for both the college and department, and has regularly taught graduate pedagogy courses. Allan’s research areas include theory, culture, and the self. He has authored several works in the area of theory, including multiple textbooks covering classical and contemporary theory, as well as The Meaning of Culture: Moving the Postmodern Critique Forward, and A Primer in Social and Sociological Theory: Toward a Sociology of Citizenship. His current projects include a social history of American individualism, a sociological analysis of consciousness and self, as well as a novel based in early 20th century American life.

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