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Imagining Society

The Case for Sociology

By Daniel Nehring and Dylan Kerrigan

Published

26 Feb 2020

Page count

256 pages

ISBN

978-1529204902

Dimensions

240 x 172 mm

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Bristol University Press
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Published

26 Feb 2020

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256 pages

ISBN

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Dimensions

240 x 172 mm

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Bristol University Press
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Published

26 Feb 2020

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256 pages

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240 x 172 mm

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    Re-examining C.Wright Mills’ legacy as a jumping off point, this original introduction to sociology illuminates global concepts, themes and practices that are fundamental to the discipline. It makes a case for the importance of developing a sociological imagination and provides the steps for how readers can do that. The unique text:

    • Offers succinct and wide-ranging coverage of many of the most important themes and concepts taught in first year sociology courses;

    • Has a global framework and case material which engages with decoloniality and critiques an overly white, western and developed world view of sociology;

    • Is woven through with contemporary examples, from social media to social inequality, big data to the self-help industry;

    • Rethinks and re-imagines what a critically committed, politically engaged and publicly relevant sociology should look like in the 21st century.

    This is a lively, engaging and accessible overview of sociology for all its students, teachers and people who want to learn more about sociology today. It is a welcome clarion call for sociology’s importance in public life.

    Daniel Nehring is Associate Professor of Sociology at East China University of Science and Technology in Shanghai.

    Dylan Kerrigan is a Visiting Lecturer in Sociology at the University of the West Indies, Trinidad and Tobago and a Research Associate at the University of Leicester in the UK.

    Preface: How to read this book?

    Making sense of society

    The sociological imagination

    What is the social?

    Seven Key Moments in Western sociology

    Sociologies in a Global World

    Decolonising Sociology

    Structure, Agency, Power and Conflict

    Difference, Stratification and Inequalities

    The Social Self

    Sociology in the Early 21st Century