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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


My 18-month-old child and I love poring over the pictures in his books to find where the mouse is, or the moose, or the moon. Recently I realised I had never asked him about one of the most conspicuous parts of the picture – the straight lines of black squiggles on almost every page. My eyes saw the printed text as words and sentences, not as black shapes on white paper, not as part of the picture, and I imagined my son could not see the text because he could not read the words. The word ‘print’ could not be more explicit – impress, stamp, mark, leave an impression – but still we treat print as a transitory medium that leaves no permanent mark ...

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