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Good Book, in Theory Making Sense Through Inquiry

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ISBN-10: 1442601566

ISBN-13: 9781442601567

Edition: 2nd 2010 (Revised)

Authors: Alan Sears, James Cairns

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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…    
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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: 0.550
Language: English

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).

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