The Sociological Quest: An Introduction to the Study of Social Life

The Sociological Quest: An Introduction to the Study of Social Life

The Sociological Quest: An Introduction to the Study of Social Life

The Sociological Quest: An Introduction to the Study of Social Life

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This book is an introductory essay on the discipline of sociology. It outlines to students in the early stages of their studies, as well as to those more generally interested in what sociology has to offer, some of the important components of a sociological way of understanding the social world. With the extensive use of examples, the book attempts to distil some of the key elements of sociological reasoning about the social world.

The book arises out of having taught introductory sociology at tertiary level, first tutoring and then lecturing, for more than two decades. It introduces students to a subject with which they are unlikely to be very familiar despite being members of society themselves. The task of introducing students to the discipline is a challenging one. This book is not only an attempt to codify what I have taught over that time, but also reflects a belief in the need to introduce the discipline pedagogically in a particular manner. The analogy often used is that getting into sociology is like getting into a swimming pool that has no shallow end. The aim with this book, as with many introductory courses in the subject, is not to construct an artificial shallow end, where students have to learn later . . .

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