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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. Charles 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 theorizing and the dull ...

Classic and Canon
Classic and canon

The sociological theorists who appear in this book can all be described as classic figures. The fact that they are referred to as ‘sociological theorists’ rather than as ‘social theorists’ is no accident: there is a connection between attitudes to the classics and attitudes to disciplinary boundaries; belief in the continuing relevance of the classics often goes hand-in-hand with belief in the firmness of the boundaries of the discipline of which they are a part. By the same token, doubts about the relevance of the classics are often to be found among those who believe in an interdisciplinary approach to the human sciences.

Here two debates run more or less parallel to one another, the first normative, the second growing out ...

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