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Explaining Social Life

A Guide to Using Social Theory



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Explaining Social Life by Julia Parker

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This distinctive text makes social theory accessible to and usable by students. Whereas social theory is often seen as abstract, esoteric and separate from our understanding of the social world, here it is shown to be a flexible and practical resource for anyone wanting to explain social phenomena. This expanded and updated second edition actively encourages readers to develop and practice their own capacities for social explanation: * providing readers with a powerful 'tool kit' of five social theoretical concepts - Individuals, Nature, Culture, Action and Social Structure - that are fundamental to social explanation; * drawing on a historically and geographically wide range of examples of social phenomena to show how these theoretical concepts operate and why they're important; * offering end of chapter questions that enable readers to put theory into practice and begin theorising for themselves. Explaining Social Life is ideal for anyone interested in social theory, including students of sociology, anthropology and related social sciences - both those engaging with social theory for the first time, and more advanced students looking to build upon their understanding.

Author Biography

John Parker and Hilary Stanworth are Honorary Research Associates and former Lecturers in Sociology at Swansea University, UK. Both have spent many years teaching Sociology to university students at different levels and pursuing multi-disciplinary research.
Release date NZ
November 28th, 2014
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
336 p.
Red Globe Press
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