Social Theory in the Real World is concerned with illustrating the practical benefits of social theory. Many students find it hard to relate the real insights provided by social theory to their real life experiences, and many lecturers struggle to demonstrate the relevance of social theory to everyday life. This book offers an accessible, non-patronizing solution to the problem, demonstrating that social theory need not be remote and obscure, but if used in imaginative ways, it can be indispensable in challenging our common sense perceptions and understandings. The book identifies the key themes of contemporary social theory: mass society, postindustrialism, consumerism, postmodernism, McDonaldization, risk and globa

Theorizing for ‘Real’

Theorizing for ‘real’

The ability to theorize about social life is a skill and one that many people never actually manage to command. But the simple recognition that social theory is a skill and not something that needs to be rote learned is a significant achievement in itself. Learning ‘theory’ or the body of knowledge associated with a specific theorist is not an end in itself, but a means to an end: the skill of critiquing theories and, more importantly, the ability to actually and actively theorize. Social Theory in the ‘Real’ World has attempted to illustrate that social theory can have interesting things to say about the world and is about far more than the partially relevant theories of long-dead classical theorists. ...

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