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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


poetry is the guts of existence, every inner voice of every person reading this speaks and breathes poetry – even as your outer voice, your cool late-twentieth-century voice despises and dismisses it. Your blood beats in metre, ladies and gentlemen.

(Porter 1994:53)

Magic is alive in the play of metaphor and in the rituals that rely on it. Although often dismissed as poetic affectation, metaphor is actually the stuff of human life, constituting us in our most abstract sciences as in our most ordinary practices. We live and breathe the magic of poetry. Its pulse is the rhythm of our lives, its metaphor the source of cultural creativity; it moves us, it becomes us, it lets us act in the world.

As major constituents of sociology, and ...

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