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.

Change Action, Policy, Social Transformation

Change: Action, Policy, Social Transformation

Introduction

The previous chapter focused upon social research – a core aspect of how a successful materialist sociology needs to engage with the social world – and set out an analytical approach to the development of a materialist research methodology. While a capacity for social inquiry may be necessary for a useable materialist sociology, particularly for those working in academic and research settings, social research is not the only potential engagement that sociology and its concepts, models and theories may have with the world (Dale and Kalob, 2006: 121). Some of the other potential involvements include:

  • Practice (daily social interactions at work, home and personal relationships)
  • Education and training
  • Policy formulation and application
  • Therapy and healing
  • Assessment and evaluation
  • Activism and social ...
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