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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


If 1 read this sentence, this story, or this word with pleasure, it is because they were written in pleasure.

(Barthes 1975:4)

While many academics would chide Barthes for the self-indulgence of his call to pleasure, we think students and teachers of sociology should insist on writing and reading for pleasure. If we cannot eliminate institutionality, we can create spaces for alternative and pleasurable forms of reading and writing. It is a matter of how creatively we manage.

Managing has connotations of discipline and organisation, and also of coping. There are many ways in which we manage – cope with – academic life, but while some strategies replicate the standard principles of the institution, managing can also involve creative strategies that challenge normalisation, quantification and the disciplinary ...

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