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.
Chapter 1: Introduction
This is a book designed for social scientists, and more specifically for sociologists. It is about sociology and for sociology: its core aim is to suggest what the new materialism can offer to a sociological imagination, and for the exploration of the social problems and topics that concern those working, studying, teaching and researching in sociology. It is the book on new materialisms that we would want to read ourselves, as we are accustomed to focusing on practical and policy issues in areas such as gender and sexuality, education, health, technology, social inequalities and so forth. Our primary concern with new materialism is as a tool to help us do social research that is both appropriate and useful; to gain fresh insights into ...