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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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