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Overview

The problem of thinking sociologically is addressed in this text. Through an examination of the underlying assumptions and tacit expectations which structure the view of the world, the author aims to expose key concepts in sociology, from individualism and community to privilege and deprivation.
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"Sociological thinking is an adventure in self-understanding and moral reflection as well as systemic analysis. Thinking Sociologically is one of the best available introductions to this adventure." Craig Calhoun, New York University

"In the first edition of Thinking Sociologically, Bauman created a very personal yet inspiring view of Sociology as a liberating discipline. In the second edition, Bauman and collaborator Tim May have added new topics - Time and Space, Intimacy, and Risk - that have kept the visionary gleam of the original. In showing how Sociology can illuminate the rhythms of everyday life, this new edition will enthuse a new generation of students." — Nick Abercrombie, Lancaster University

"In this revised edition, Tim May has done a brilliant job of reworking Bauman's text while keeping the directness and verve of the original version." — William Outhwaite, University of Sussex

"Bauman and May have produced a new edition of a book whcih will serve us well for a second decade" Community Care

"Highly recommended for undergraduate and general readers". Choice

Of the Previous Edition:

"Bauman skilfully weaves in the contributions of major theorists and introduces important concepts of sociology as they become relevant." Choice

"Bauman finds sociology exciting and subversive: so will his readers." Laurie Taylor, University of York

"Bauman's commitment to sociology as a sophisticated, yet manageable, mode of thought stays with my students and lends depth to their reading of other texts in the course. I am impressed with the book. But my students' spontaneous enthusiasm for Thinking Sociologically is the highest praise of all." Ira Cohen, Professor of Sociology, Rutgers University

"A wise, introduction to sociology." Contemporary Sociology

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780631219293
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 8/28/2001
  • Edition description: Revised & Expanded
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 6.05 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.65 (d)

Meet the Author

Zygmunt Bauman is a world-renowned sociologist, known for his recent groundbreaking work in social theory. His book Modernity and the Holocaust won the distinguished Amalfi prize for the best sociology book of 1989. He is also the author of Postmodern Ethics (Blackwell, 1993), Life in Fragments: Essays in Postmodern Morality (Blackwell, 1995), Liquid Modernity (Polity, 2000) and Individualized Society (Polity, 2000).

Tim May is Professor of Sociology at the University of Salford. He is the author of Social Research: Issues, Methods, and Process (third edition, 2001); Situating Social Theory (1996) and editor of Qualitative Research in Action (2002); co-author, with Malcolm Williams, of Introduction to the Philosophy of Social Research (1996), with whom he also co-edited Knowing the Social World (1998).

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Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition
Acknowledgements
Introduction: The Discipline of Sociology 1
Pt. 1 Action, Identity and Understanding in Everyday Life 15
1 Oneself with Others 17
2 Viewing and Sustaining our Lives 28
3 The Bonds that Unite: Speaking of 'We' 43
Pt. 2 Living our Lives: Challenges, Choices and Constraints 57
4 Decisions and Actions: Power, Choice and Moral Duty 59
5 Making it Happen: Gifts, Exchange and Intimacy in Relationships 78
6 Care of our Selves: The Body, Health and Sexuality 93
7 Time, Space and (Dis)Order 109
8 Drawing Boundaries: Culture, Nature, State and Territory 125
9 The Business in Everyday Life: Consumption, Technology and Lifestyles 147
Pt. 3 Looking Back and Looking Forward 163
10 Thinking Sociologically 165
Questions for Reflection and Further Reading 181
Index 190
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