In this sociology text the contributors provide an introduction to the subject without over-simplifying or `writing-down' to their audience. The book aims to furnish undergraduates with the knowledge that will help them to understand and practice sociology and also to develop a self-perpetuating sociological imagination to enable them to think through new issues and new problems. It consists of a series of specially commissioned chapters around binary or dichotomous themes. Although many sociologists are critical of dichotomous models of sociological theory and research, the device crops up again and again in the history and practice of the subject. Jenks and his colleagues use the dichotomies to situate students in curren



I seemed to learn …

That what we see of forms and images

Which float along on minds, and what we feel

Of active or recognizable thought,

Prospectiveness, or intellect, or will,

Not only is not worthy to be deemed

Our being, to be prized as what we are,

But is the very littleness of life.

Such consciousness I deem but accidents,

Relapses from the one interior life

That lives in all things, sacred from the touch

Of that false secondary power by which

In weakness we create distinctions, then

Believe that all our puny boundaries are things

Which we perceive and not which we have made.

William Wordsworth

Image/Text and Sociological Discourse

The sociological dichotomy between image and text is one which has emerged ...

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