The first book of its kind, Sociology and the New Materialism explores the many and varied applications of “new materialism,” a key emerging trend in 21st century thought, to the practice of doing sociology. Offering a clear exposition of new materialist theory and using sociological examples throughout to enable the reader to develop a materialist sociological understanding, the book:  • Outlines the fundamental precepts of new materialism  • Explores how materialism provides new perspectives on the range of sociological topic areas  • Explains how materialist approaches can be used to research sociological issues and also to engage with social issues. Sociology and the New Materialism is a clear and authoritative one-stop guide for advanced undergraduates and postgraduates in sociology, cultural studies, social policy and related disciplines.

Creativity Imagination, Social Production and Social Change

Creativity: Imagination, Social Production and Social Change

Creativity and production

Were there only one adjective to describe the material world that we are exploring in this book, it would be ‘productive’. To quote the materialist geographer Nigel Thrift (2004: 61), production is the means by which lives, societies and history unfold, ‘by adding capacities through interaction, in a world which is constantly becoming’. Minute by minute, year by year, the social/natural world assembles and disassembles; bodies and other physical and cultural relations affect and are affected; assemblages specify (territorialize) and generalize (de-territorialize) capacities, aggregate and dis-aggregate entities. In this fluid and fluctuating maelstrom of interacting bodies and things, ideas and social formations, an endless cascading stream of events produces ...

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