Good Book, in Theory Making Sense Through Inquiry

ISBN-10: 1442601566
ISBN-13: 9781442601567
Edition: 2nd 2010 (Revised)
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Description: This book is designed to introduce readers to the joys and challenges of theoretical thinking. It begins by encouraging reflection of informal everyday theorizing, showing that theoretical thinking is an important feature of human activity. A focus  More...

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Book details

List price: $24.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: University of Toronto Press
Publication date: 4/1/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 206
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

This book is designed to introduce readers to the joys and challenges of theoretical thinking. It begins by encouraging reflection of informal everyday theorizing, showing that theoretical thinking is an important feature of human activity. A focus on key themes?the politics of the classroom, the notion of what is "real," what is "natural," and how time is measured?allows Sears to draw out important elements of social theory in a way that makes it relevant and interesting to students. Creative exercises bring the issues to life and help hone critical thinking and writing skills. In the process, Sears offers an engaging and accessible guide through the complex world of social theory and lays a solid foundation for further study.Special Combined Price: A Good Book, In Theory: A Guide to Theoretical Thinking may be ordered together with Social Theory: Continuity and Confrontation , second edition at a special discounted price. In order to secure the package price, the following ISBN must be used when ordering: 978-1-55402-291-5. Academics please note that this is a title classified as having a restricted allocation of complimentary copies. Restricted titles remain available to adopters and to academics very likely to adopt in the coming semester. When adoption possibilities are less strong and/or further in the future, academics are requested to purchase the title, with the proviso that UTP Higher Education will happily refund the purchase price if the book is indeed adopted.

Alan Sears is Professor of Sociology at Ryerson University, Toronto. He is the author of Retooling the Mind Factory: Education in a Lean State (UTP, 2003) and co-author with James Cairns of The Democratic Imagination (UTP, 2012).

James Cairns is Assistant Professor in the Contemporary Studies Department at Wilfrid Laurier University, Brantford. He is the co-author, with Alan Sears, of The Democratic Imagination (UTP, 2012).

Acknowledgements
Preface to the First Edition: Users' Guide for Students and Instructors
Preface to the Second Edition
An Intersting Idea, In Theory
But How Do You Know?
You Are Here: Mapping Social Relations
The Real World: Making Sense of Perceptions
Nature and Culture: The Social Construction of Distinctions
Making Time: Clocking Social Relations
Conclusion: So Many Theories, So Little Time
Glossary
References
Index

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