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Offering a major challenge to established textbooks and pointing to inspiring new ways of approaching sociology, this book presents a notable shift in introductory sociology. Too often the subject is taught as a dry and detached system of thought and practice. Passion is regarded as something to avoid or to treat with inherent suspicion. By asking questions about sociology and its relation to passion, the authors seek to revitalize the subject. The book introduces and develops a number of themes such as: identity, knowledge, magic, desire, power and everyday life. It argues that students should analyze these themes through practices including: reading, writing, speaking, storytelling and organizing. The authors aim to intr


Knowledge doesn't spring fully formed from genius or revelation. Nor does it exist abstractly, in ‘thought’, before being expressed in one or another form. Right from the start, knowledge is produced through intimate and tempestuous relationships with these organised forms, which are the constraints necessary for cultural production. The point was appreciated by Isadora Duncan: if she could say what a dance meant, she said, she wouldn't need to dance. Boris Pasternak understood it too: despite fearing repression in the USSR, he feared exile more, for the institutional forms of Russian and Soviet society were the preconditions of his work. And in this book we argue that sociological thinking-writing is an organisation of forms, of institutions, words, metaphors, stories, concepts, topics, themes. Even if ...

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