This book explores the ways in which sociological arguments are constructed and presented, looking at what can be learned from the contrasting styles of sociologists working in different periods and theoretical traditions. Fundamental debates in the discipline are addressed, such as 'can sociology provide final answers?' and 'how far is detachment feasible or desirable?'. Finally, the book considers the practical significance which thinking about styles of argument has for all students of sociology.
GRAHAM CROW is Reader in Sociology at the University of Southampton, UK. He is widely published and is the author of Comparative Sociology and Social Theory and Social Solidarities amongst other books. His research interests include sociological theory, comparative sociology and the sociology of families and communities.