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Introduction: The ‘Reality’ of Social Theory
Introduction: The ‘reality’ of social theory

Social theory: who needs it? The intention of this book is to illustrate that social theory really can be meaningful, relevant and full of insight, and, as such, can stimulate the theoretical and sociological imagination. Social theory can play an invaluable role in unearthing the unexpected and in challenging common-sense conceptions of social life. As members or citizens of society we assume that we are well schooled in the underlying dynamics of that society. Because we live in it, w feel that we implicitly understand it. Social Theory in the ‘Real’ World aims to highlight that while this is not necessarily the case, the creative and reflexive use of social theory can really help ...

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