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Social Theory By John Parker

Social Theory by John Parker

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This accessible text introduces social theory as a set of flexible and practical concepts that can be used to reflect on and make sense of social behaviour. It encourages readers to critically assess social explanations and to construct their own as active theorists in their own right.

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Social Theory: A Basic Tool Kit by John Parker

This accessible text introduces social theory as a set of flexible and practical concepts that can be used to reflect on and make sense of social behaviour. It encourages readers to critically assess social explanations and to construct their own as active theorists in their own right. Drawing on examples chosen to appeal to a wide, international student readership, it offers a straightforward, practical and student-centred approach to theory, avoiding the heavy emphasis on individual theorists and the often difficult language of many existing texts.

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'It is concise, clearly written, well structured and accessible; examples are many, telling and well chosen...In short, this book offers an excellent, exemplary (as opposed to encyclopedic) introduction to sociology and anthropology.' - Steven Van Wolputte, Social Anthropology

About John Parker

JOHN PARKER is Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Wales, Swansea. He has recently published Structuration (Open University Press). LEONARD MARS is Lecturer in Anthropology at the University of Wales, Swansea. He is author of Village and the State: Administration, Ethnicity and Politics in an Israeli Co-operative Village (Gower 1980). PAUL RANSOME is Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Wales, Swansea. His publications include Antonio Gramsci: A New Introduction (Harvester 1992) and Sociology and the Future of Work (Ashgate 1999). HILARY STANWORTH is Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Wales, Swansea. She is currently researching changes in Swedish culture, orientations to the natural environment and the symbolism of identity.

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgements List of Main Examples Introduction: The Tool Kit PART I: THE CONCEPT OF THE INDIVIDUAL What Do Individuals Explain? Testing the Explanatory Value of Individuals PART II: THE CONCEPT OF NATURE What Does Nature Explain? Testing the Explanatory Value of Nature PART III: THE CONCEPT OF CULTURE What Does Culture Explain? Testing the Explanatory Value of Culture PART IV: THE CONCEPT OF ACTION What Does Action Explain? Testing the Explanatory Value of Action PART V: THE CONCEPT OF SOCIAL STRUCTURE What Does Social Structure Explain? Testing the Explanatory Value of Social Structure PART VI: CONCLUSION Get Real: A Perspective on Social Science Being Practical: The Uses and Payoffs of Social Explanation Appendix: Do it Yourself; Using the Tool Kit to Develop Your Own Hypotheses Glossary Bibliography and Guide to Further Reading Index

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GOR001525383
9780333962121
0333962125
Social Theory: A Basic Tool Kit by John Parker
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Palgrave Macmillan
2003-05-23
224
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