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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


How can one not dream while writing? It is the pen which dreams. The blank page gives the right to dream.

(Bachelard 1971: 17)

to be able to dance with one's feet, with concepts, with words: need I still add that one must be able to do it with the pen too – that one must learn to write?

(Nietzsche 1976: 513)

Dreaming and dancing with the pen; the pen dreaming. Such ideas would seem strange to a discipline that concerns itself with providing a clear account of social reality. Bachelard asks ‘How can one not dream while writing?’, and yet most forms of academic writing repress any notion of dreaming. I want to suggest that this repression of dreaming is effected through the repression of writing itself. ...

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