The Uses of Sociology / Edition 1

The Uses of Sociology / Edition 1

by Peter Hamilton
     
 

The Uses of Sociology discusses whether sociological knowledge is important. It introduces students to the main ways in which sociology is practised in the world and explores the major debates concerning its social purposes.

  • Explores questions concerning the usefulness of sociology and the problems involved in engaging in social intervention.

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Overview

The Uses of Sociology discusses whether sociological knowledge is important. It introduces students to the main ways in which sociology is practised in the world and explores the major debates concerning its social purposes.

  • Explores questions concerning the usefulness of sociology and the problems involved in engaging in social intervention.
  • Includes readings which students can use to evaluate the usefulness of different sociological perspectives.
  • Compares and contrasts different sociological traditions, and their engagements with ‘the social'.
  • Forms part of a four-book series on sociology and society.

For more information about this book and the Sociology & Society series, visit the accompanying website at http://www.blackwellpublishing.com/ou

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780631233138
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
08/28/2002
Series:
Sociology and Society Series
Pages:
360
Product dimensions:
7.75(w) x 10.00(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Preface.

The Uses Of Sociology: Introduction: Peter Hamilton And Kenneth Thompson.

1. Mapping The Field: Peter Hamilton.

2. Sociology And Government: Tony Bennett.

3. The Public Sphere: Jim Mcguigan.

4. Tools For Commerce? Sociology And Economic Life: Elizabeth Mcfall.

5. Sociology And Social Movements: Theories, Analyses And Ethical Dilemmas: Merl Storr.

6. Sociology Unbound: Karim Murji.

7. Understanding The Past And Predicting The Future: Sociologists And Prophets: Kenneth Thompson.

Readings In The Uses Of Sociology.

Auguste Comte: The Positive Philosophy (1853).

Robert A. Nisbet: Sociology As An Art Form (1968).

C. Wright Mills: The Sociological Imagination (1959).

Zygmunt Bauman: Legislators And Interpreters (1987).

Michel Foucault: Governmentality (1991).

Anne Witz: The Feminist Challenge (1997).

John Urry: Sociology As A Parasite: Some Vices And Virtues (1981).

Acknowledgements.

Index.

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