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Understanding Social Theory

Understanding Social Theory Author Derek Layder
ISBN-10 0761944508
Release 2006
Pages 326
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Provides an introduction to the core issues in social theory. This book will be useful reading for students in sociology, social psychology, social theory, political theory and organization studies.



Understanding Sociological Theory for Educational Practices

Understanding Sociological Theory for Educational Practices Author Jacqueline Ullman
ISBN-10 9781108434409
Release 2018-06-30
Pages 276
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This book introduces readers to the contemporary classroom through the lens of sociological theory.



Understanding Agency

Understanding Agency Author Barry Barnes
ISBN-10 0761963685
Release 2000
Pages 163
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In this penetrating and assured book, one of the leading commentators in the field argues that social theory is moving in the wrong direction in its reflections on human freedom and autonomy. It has borrowed notions of 'agency' and 'choice' from everyday discourse, but increasingly it puts a misconceived individualistic gloss upon them. Against this, Barnes unequivocally identifies human beings as social agents in a profound sense, and emphasises the vital importance of their sociability. Notions of 'agency', 'freedom' and 'choice' have to be understood by reference to their role in communicative interaction; they are key components of the discourse through which human beings identify each other, and have effects upon each other, as soci



Situating Social Theory

Situating Social Theory Author May, Tim
ISBN-10 9780335210770
Release 2008-08-01
Pages 342
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This edition examines the implications of recent developments, challenges and disputes that have become important to debates in social theory including new commentaries on key authors. It also explores the extent to which how we situate social theory may need re-examining.



Understanding Social Movements

Understanding Social Movements Author Greg Martin
ISBN-10 9781136868153
Release 2015-05-01
Pages 322
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This book offers a new and fresh approach to understanding social movements. It provides interdisciplinary perspectives on social and cultural protest and contentious politics. It considers major theories and concepts, which are presented in an accessible and engaging format. Historical and contemporary case studies and examples from a variety of different countries are provided throughout, including the American civil rights movement, Greenpeace, Pussy Riot, indigenous peoples movements, liberation theology, Occupy, Tea Party, and the Arab Spring. The book presents specific chapters outlining the early origins of social movement studies, and more recent theoretical and conceptual developments. It considers key ideas from resource mobilization theory, the political process model, and new social movement approaches. It provides an expansive commentary on the role of culture in social protest, and looks at substantive areas in chapters dedicated to religious movements, geography and struggles over space, media and movements, and global activism. Understanding Social Movements will be a useful resource for undergraduate and postgraduate students across disciplines wanting to be introduced to or extend their knowledge of the field. The book will also prove invaluable for lecturers and academic researchers interested in studying social movements.



Understanding Theories and Concepts in Social Policy

Understanding Theories and Concepts in Social Policy Author Ruth Lister
ISBN-10 9781861347930
Release 2010
Pages 311
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"This is an admirably clear and comprehensive account of the theories and concepts of contemporary social policy. Excellent and essential for undergraduate and postgraduate social policy and social theory courses."-Fiona Williams, Professor of Social Policy, University of Leeds, UK "Theory has rarely been so interesting, lively, engaging and real. Ruth Lister has produced a text of great scholarship and a tour de force."-Saul Becker, Professor of Social Policy and Social Care, University of Nottingham, UK This key text from the best-selling Understanding Welfare series provides a unique understanding of the main theoretical perspectives and concepts used in social policy and related disciplines in a student-friendly format. A central theme is that theory helps us to understand policy, politics and practice. Written by a leading authority in UK social policy, the book uses diverse contemporary examples to help theoretical arguments come alive and uses summaries and additional resources to help students and their teachers in their learning. Rather than presenting abstract theory, it demonstrates the relationship between theory and political and policy debates so that students can see the relevance to their own lives. It will be essential reading for second- and third-year undergraduates and postgraduates in social policy, social theory and related subjects, as well as their teachers.



Social Theory

Social Theory Author Carsten Bagge Laustsen
ISBN-10 9781317329718
Release 2017-03-27
Pages 282
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This textbook offers a new approach to understanding social theory. Framed around paired theoretical perspectives on a series of sociological problems, the book shows how distinctive viewpoints shed light on different facets of social phenomena. The book includes sociology’s "founding fathers", major 20th-century thinkers and recent voices such as Butler and Zizek. Philosophically grounded and focused on interpretation and analysis, the book provides a clear understanding of theory’s scope while developing students’ skills in evaluating, applying and comparing theories.



Understanding Ferdinand T nnies Community and Society

Understanding Ferdinand T  nnies  Community and Society Author Niall Bond
ISBN-10 9783643901385
Release 2013
Pages 428
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This book surveys Ferdinand Tonnies' intellectual biography - Community and Society - and retraces the origins of a founding work of the modern social sciences and a classic of political thought to vital contrasts in Tonnies' early life, philosophers, natural law theorists, the Enlightenment, the Romantic movement, the socialists of the lectern, Marx, Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, and 19th-century legal theorists. The book illuminates the (at times) obscure intent behind Tonnies' sociology, theory of history, and controversial ground-breaking concepts. (Series: Soziologie: Forschung und Wissenschaft - Vol. 26)



Understanding Social Networks

Understanding Social Networks Author Charles Kadushin
ISBN-10 9780195379471
Release 2012-01-04
Pages 252
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Understanding Social Networks explains the big ideas that underlie social networks, covering fundamental concepts then discussing networks and their core themes in increasing order of complexity.



Modern Social Theory

Modern Social Theory Author Dr Derek Layder
ISBN-10 9781135365981
Release 2005-11-08
Pages 272
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This book is intended for undergraduate courses in social theory for second and third year sociology students, as well as postgraduate and academic researchers. Secondary markets include social psychology, social geography, social anthopology, cultural studies.



Understanding Social Divisions

Understanding Social Divisions Author Shaun Best
ISBN-10 0761942971
Release 2005-02-22
Pages 333
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The study of social division has dominated research within the social sciences since the nineteenth century. This book addresses the full range of social divisions while considering the nature of social division itself.



The Scope of Understanding in Sociology RLE Social Theory

The Scope of Understanding in Sociology  RLE Social Theory Author Werner Pelz
ISBN-10 9781317648444
Release 2014-08-13
Pages 294
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In their efforts to emulate the methodology which had proved so successful in the natural sciences, the social sciences – including sociology – have not yet faced the question as to what constitutes understanding in their area with sufficient seriousness. This book asks again: what does understanding denote in an area where man tries to understand man, where self-understanding is involved, where new understanding immediately becomes part of that which is to be understood? What can we know and what is the use and limitation of knowledge in sociology? When are we conscious that we know and understand? Werner Pelz argues for a thorough reorientation in our approach to sociological thinking, and suggests that scientistic preconceptions have often precluded possibly fruitful approaches to humane understanding. He investigates the relations between various kinds of knowing, and examines the new possibilities of understanding made available, for example, by psychoanalytical and phenomenological insights, as well as by those of poets, artists, mystics. He shows that in the social and humanistic sciences, creative or constitutive contributions illuminate rather than demonstrate, and that, for this reason, sociology has not yet found an appropriate method for conveying them without serious distortions.



Making Sense of Social Theory

Making Sense of Social Theory Author Charles H. Powers
ISBN-10 1442201193
Release 2010-01-01
Pages 281
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Making Sense of Social Theory is unusual in treating sociology as a real science with a body of understandable, robust, and powerful theoretical insights. These theoretical insights are formalized in twelve simple axioms and twenty-three more detailed principles readers can use to predict (1) differences among people in how they think, feel, and respond, (b) changes in the structure, culture, and effectiveness of organizations, and (c) trends in societal values, conflict, and priorities.



Understanding Society A Survey of Modern Social Theory

Understanding Society  A Survey of Modern Social Theory Author CTI Reviews
ISBN-10 9781467246934
Release 2016-09-26
Pages 71
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Facts101 is your complete guide to Understanding Society, A Survey of Modern Social Theory. In this book, you will learn topics such as PART III: Chapter 9 - Chapter 13, plus much more. With key features such as key terms, people and places, Facts101 gives you all the information you need to prepare for your next exam. Our practice tests are specific to the textbook and we have designed tools to make the most of your limited study time.



Social Theory Health and Healthcare

Social Theory  Health and Healthcare Author Orla McDonnell
ISBN-10 9781137164773
Release 2009-06-30
Pages 248
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Health research, education and provision have become increasingly interdisciplinary over the last few years, leading health professionals to broaden their knowledge beyond technical aspects of care. Practitioners now need a clear understanding of how society can affect health, and an appreciation of how societal structures can drive healthcare practices. In a clear, systematic and accessible style, this timely text looks at the social context of health and healthcare by: analysing a wide range of classic and contemporary theories; identifying the relevance of each theory to health; showing how theory has been used in research outlining the impact of theory on health and health provision Specifically written for health professionals and those engaged in health studies research, this book will help students and practitioners alike understand the sociology of health and illness, and enable them to critically assess health issues, policies and practices.



Encyclopedia of Social Theory

Encyclopedia of Social Theory Author George Ritzer
ISBN-10 9781452265469
Release 2004-08-19
Pages 1056
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The Encyclopedia of Social Theory is an indispensable reference source for anyone interested in the roots of contemporary social theory. It examines the global landscape of all the key theories and the theorists behind them, presenting them in the context needed to understand their strengths and weaknesses. Led by internationally renowned scholar George Ritzer, the Encyclopedia of Social Theory draws together a team of more than 200 international scholars covering the developments, achievements, and prospects of social theory from its inception in the 18th century to the present. Understanding that social theory can both explain and alter the social world, this two-volume set serves as not only a foundation for learning, but also an inspiration for creative and reflexive engagement with the rich range of ideas it contains.



Social Theory and Education Research

Social Theory and Education Research Author Mark Murphy
ISBN-10 9781136767593
Release 2013-09-02
Pages 232
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Although education researchers have drawn on the work of a wide diversity of theorists, a number of these have been of particular significance to education. While the likes of Karl Marx, Antonio Gramsci, John Dewey and Paulo Freire influenced previous generations of educational theorists, much of the more contemporary theory building has revolved around a quartet of well-known and much-debated thinkers – Michel Foucault, Jürgen Habermas, Pierre Bourdieu and Jacques Derrida. However, while the influence of these thinkers has grown considerably over the last number of years, both their original work and its application to education can prove challenging to the educational practitioner. The challenges they pose to educators are exacerbated by a lack of suitable reading material that can appeal to the advanced practitioner market, while also providing a sufficiently in-depth overview of the various theories and their applications in educational research. This edited book expertly rectifies this omission in the educational literature, and delivers a text that is both advanced and accessible, offering the education practitioner/researcher a suitable guide to assist their acquisition and application of social theory. The chapters included in this collection are designed to illustrate the diverse ways in which continental theory of whatever stripe can be applied to educational issues. From school surveillance to curriculum, social theory is used to shed light on ‘practical’ issues facing the sector, helping to widen and deepen discussion around these areas when they are in danger of being over-simplified. This book will be incredibly useful to post-graduate student teachers who wish to develop their capacity to engage with these debates at an advanced level. It will also prove of great interest to anyone involved in education policy and theory.