Using Social Theory

The chapters in this innovative guide share a common belief that thinking alongside ideas, philosophical persuasions, is an integral part of the research process; it is not an optional extra.

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Author: Michael Pryke

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 9781446234754

Category: Social Science

Page: 196

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`If there is a single question that presses upon the intellect of the current generation of social scientists, it is surely: "what do the great insights of social theory imply for the way we conduct research and write about the social world?". Until now there has been no single text to turn to that explores the epistemological complexities of field work, the problems of writing and language, and of the logics of inquiry that link theory, method and evidence. Using Social Theory is a magisterial effort to open up the black-box of research methods, and to provide students, in a way that no other comparable text has done, with a road map for the practice of the contemporary human sciences' - Michael Watts, Chancellor's Professor of Geography and Director Institute of International Studies, University of California, Berkeley `From "theory talk to making it walk", Using Social Theory is one of the most useful and interesting books on the market. The authors demonstrate how to use philosophy and social theory as an indispensable toolkit for passionate and rigorous research. Essential reading for students and teachers in the social sciences and humanities' - Professor Elspeth Probyn, Department of Gender Studies, University of Sydney Have you ever stopped to wonder about the influences that underpin research? If you are thinking about doing a piece of research, what difference might it make to the question you ask, to your approach to empirical work, analysis and writing of research, if you are influenced by one theoretical approach rather than another? The chapters in this innovative guide share a common belief that thinking alongside ideas, philosophical persuasions, is an integral part of the research process; it is not an optional extra. It sets out ways to encourage the researcher to think through three key moments of the research process: the production of a research question; fieldwork; and analysis and writing. As the authors demonstrate, research is not simply `done': it has to be thought about and thought through. The book's accessible style makes it suitable for anyone wishing to engage ideas in research in the social sciences and humanities.

Explaining Social Life

A distinctive and accessible introduction to social theory that presents this subject as a relevant resource for anyone wanting to explain social phenomenon.

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Author: John Parker

Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education

ISBN: 9781137038678

Category: Social Science

Page: 336

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A distinctive and accessible introduction to social theory that presents this subject as a relevant resource for anyone wanting to explain social phenomenon.

Social Theory and Education

This book summarizes and critiques theories of social and cultural reproduction as they relate to sociology of education.

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Author: Raymond Allen Morrow

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 0791422518

Category: Education

Page: 517

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This book summarizes and critiques theories of social and cultural reproduction as they relate to sociology of education.

Social Theory for Beginners

Aimed at first-year undergraduates studying sociology and related disciplines, this introductory-level textbook presents key ideas and concepts in social theory and an account of their intellectual background.

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Author: Paul Ransome

Publisher: Policy Press

ISBN: 9781847426741

Category: Social Science

Page: 480

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Aimed at first-year undergraduates studying sociology and related disciplines, this introductory-level textbook presents key ideas and concepts in social theory and an account of their intellectual background.

Sociology of Sport and Social Theory

Sociology of Sport and Social Theory presents current research perspectives from major sport scholars and leading sociologists regarding issues germane to the sociology of sport while addressing traditional and contemporary sociological ...

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Author: Earl Smith

Publisher: Human Kinetics

ISBN: 9780736075725

Category: Social Science

Page: 239

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"Sociology of Sport and Social Theory" presents current research perspectives from major sport scholars and leading sociologists regarding issues germane to the sociology of sport while addressing traditional and contemporary sociological theories.

The Media and Social Theory

Media studies needs richer and livelier intellectual resources. This book brings together major and emerging international media analysts to consider key processes of media change, using a number of critical perspectives.

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Author: David Hesmondhalgh

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781134061426

Category: Social Science

Page: 312

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Media studies needs richer and livelier intellectual resources. This book brings together major and emerging international media analysts to consider key processes of media change, using a number of critical perspectives. Case studies range from reality television to professional journalism, from blogging to control of copyright, from social networking sites to indigenous media, in Europe, North America, Asia and elsewhere. Among the theoretical approaches and issues addressed are: critical realism post-structuralist approaches to media and culture Pierre Bourdieu and field theory public sphere theory – including post-Habermasian versions actor network theory Marxist and post-Marxist theories, including contemporary critical theory theories of democracy, antagonism and difference. This volume is essential reading for undergraduate and postgraduate students and researchers of cultural studies, media studies and social theory.

Using Social Theory in Educational Research

Using Social Theory in Educational Research is organised to help practising educators and novice researchers who have little familiarity with social theory to: be introduced to major schools of social theory, their basic concepts, and their ...

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Author: Mark Dressman

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781135265878

Category: Education

Page: 184

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Using Social Theory in Educational Research is organised to help practising educators and novice researchers who have little familiarity with social theory to: be introduced to major schools of social theory, their basic concepts, and their general applicability to educational issues develop an understanding of and appreciation for its potential to improve their own practice gain practical insight into how theory can function as a warrant, or support, for data interpretation through the use of multiple practical examples, learn how to integrate theory into their own work more effectively Selected Contents: 1. Getting Theoretical 2. An Illustrated Tour of How Theory Works (and Doesn’t Work) in Educational Research 3. Framing Research Theoretically, Part One: Planning and Data Collection 4. Framing Research Theoretically 5.When Research Meets Research

Sport Exercise and Social Theory

This book shows how theory can be used to debunk many of our traditional assumptions about sport and exercise and how they can be a useful window through which to observe wider society.

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Author: Gyozo Molnar

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9780415670630

Category: Social Science

Page: 267

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Why are sport and exercise important? What can the study of sport and exercise tell us about wider society? Who holds the power in creating contemporary sport and exercise discourses? It is impossible to properly understand the role that sport and exercise play in contemporary society without knowing a little social theory. It is social theory that provides the vocabulary for our study of society, that helps us ask the right critical questions and that encourages us to look for the (real) story behind sport and exercise. Sport, Exercise and Social Theory is a concise and engaging introduction to the key theories that underpin the study of sport, exercise and society, including feminism, post-modernism, (Neo-)Marxism and the sociological imagination. Using vivid examples and descriptions of sport-related events and exercise practices, the book explains why social theories are important as well as how to use them, giving students the tools to navigate with confidence through any course in the sociology of sport and exercise. This book shows how theory can be used to debunk many of our traditional assumptions about sport and exercise and how they can be a useful window through which to observe wider society. Designed to be used by students who have never studied sociology before, and including a whole chapter on the practical application of social theory to their own study, it provides training in critical thinking and helps students to develop intellectual skills which will serve them throughout their professional and personal lives.

Contemporary Social and Sociological Theory

In the Third Edition of Ken Allan's highly-praised Contemporary Social and Sociological Theory book, sociological theories and theorists are explored using a straightforward approach and conversational, jargon-free language.

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Author: Kenneth Allan

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 9781412992770

Category: Social Science

Page: 465

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In the Third Edition of Ken Allan's highly-praised Contemporary Social and Sociological Theory book, sociological theories and theorists are explored using a straightforward approach and conversational, jargon-free language. Filled with examples drawn from everyday life, this edition highlights diversity in contemporary society, exploring theories of race, gender, and sexuality that address some of today's most important social concerns. Through this textbook students will learn to think theoretically and apply to their own lives.

Emotion Social Theory and Social Structure

Unique study re-evaluating the role of emotions in social interaction.

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Author: J. M. Barbalet

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521003598

Category: Psychology

Page: 224

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Unique study re-evaluating the role of emotions in social interaction.

The Art of Social Theory

This book shows you how. Concise and accessible, The Art of Social Theory features helpful examples throughout, and also provides practical exercises that enable readers to learn through doing.

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Author: Richard Swedberg

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9780691168135

Category: Social Science

Page: 288

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In the social sciences today, students are taught theory by reading and analyzing the works of Karl Marx, Max Weber, and other foundational figures of the discipline. What they rarely learn, however, is how to actually theorize. The Art of Social Theory is a practical guide to doing just that. In this one-of-a-kind user's manual for social theorists, Richard Swedberg explains how theorizing occurs in what he calls the context of discovery, a process in which the researcher gathers preliminary data and thinks creatively about it using tools such as metaphor, analogy, and typology. He guides readers through each step of the theorist’s art, from observation and naming to concept formation and explanation. To theorize well, you also need a sound knowledge of existing social theory. Swedberg introduces readers to the most important theories and concepts, and discusses how to go about mastering them. If you can think, you can also learn to theorize. This book shows you how. Concise and accessible, The Art of Social Theory features helpful examples throughout, and also provides practical exercises that enable readers to learn through doing.

Accounting and Social Theory

In this concise book, Lisa Jack demonstrates the power of social theory in expanding the value of accounting research.

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Author: Lisa Jack

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9781317328315

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 144

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Is society possible without accounting? In speech or in writing, we communicate actions, plans and decisions using numbers, calculations, words and images. Although accounting research is dominated by quantitative analyses, the role of accounting in society is firmly established over thousands of years. In this concise book, Lisa Jack demonstrates the power of social theory in expanding the value of accounting research. Accounting and Social Theory: An introduction includes advice on research problems as well as guidance on fertile areas for new research. The tools, techniques and developments covered by the author help readers to see social research in accounting as the study of the use, misuse and abuse of accounting communications by people and the effects that this has on social relationships. Stories of accounting in war, agriculture and food, gender, health and other areas illustrate the ways in which the threads of accounting run through society. Having emerged from the author’s wealth of teaching experience, this book provides a student-focused treasure trove that illuminates the field for early-career researchers in accounting and established academics looking to expand the impact of their work.

Social Theory And Applied Health Research

"This is a small book which covers a great deal of ground clearly,concisely, and with a fluidity which makes it an enjoyable read.

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Author: Dyson, Simon

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education (UK)

ISBN: 9780335210343

Category: Social Science

Page: 222

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"This is a small book which covers a great deal of ground clearly,concisely, and with a fluidity which makes it an enjoyable read." Journal of Advanced Nursing “This book points clearly to the fact that applied research always rests on theoretical assumptions and argues persuasively that good research demands explicit consideration of those assumptions. By setting out the main theoretical paradigms clearly and fairly, it provides a very useful guide for researchers wishing to ensure that their work is properly grounded and appropriately focused, and to students requiring the tools to look under the surface of research claims.†Sam Porter, Research Professor of Nursing, Queen's University, Belfast What is the relationship between social theory and applied research? How can theory help us to become better researchers? The book provides a resource for students and professionals, particularly in health and social care, who wish to undertake social research. It bridges the divide between assumptions of traditional research on the one hand and the inaccessibility of complex philosophies of research on the other. Social Theory and Applied Health Researchprovides an accessible assessment of dilemmas facing social researchers in trying to make sense of the world of health care. It links theory and method by presenting an account of how reflection can help amend, complement and strengthen a practical research strategy. Using clear diagrams, tables and examples of recent research, the book illustrates principles from social theory from a range of applied research studies. This is essential reading for sociologists and psychologists conducting applied research, as well as the health and social welfare professions, including nurses, therapists, doctors, social workers, youth and community workers, and teachers.

Exploring Modern Probation

This innovative book explores this probation modernisation by using social theories associated with Durkheim, Weber, Marx and Foucault.

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Author: Philip Whitehead

Publisher: Policy Press

ISBN: 9781847423481

Category: Social Science

Page: 186

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Since 1997 the probation service, an integral component of criminal justice for over 100 years, has been subject to a politically-driven process of modernisation and cultural transformation. This innovative book explores this probation modernisation by using social theories associated with Durkheim, Weber, Marx and Foucault. The book combines this theoretical analysis with empirical research from interviews, which highlights challenges to, as well as support of, the politics of modernisation. This research is unique in providing insights into what representatives of other organisations think about probation - from the outside looking in.This up-to-date text will be essential reading for undergraduate and postgraduate students of probation, criminology, criminal and social justice and allied disciplines.

The Social Lens

Written in a conversational style that is both appealing and provocative, this text uses real life examples to draw readers in and invite them to consider the ideas that have shaped our understanding of society.

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Author: Kenneth Allan

Publisher: Pine Forge Press

ISBN: 9781412914109

Category: Social Science

Page: 607

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The Social Lens: An Invitation to Social and Sociological Theory covers the key thinkers in Western thought for the past 200 years. Written in a conversational style that is both appealing and provocative, this text uses real life examples to draw readers in and invite them to consider the ideas that have shaped our understanding of society.

Culture and Agency

Revised edition of 1988 book, highly influential in debates about role of culture in social theory.

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Author: Margaret Scotford Archer

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521564417

Category: Social Science

Page: 351

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Revised edition of 1988 book, highly influential in debates about role of culture in social theory.

A N Whitehead and Social Theory

This book outlines Whitehead’s philosophy, using it to reorient a range of specific questions and topics within contemporary social theory.

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Author: Michael Halewood

Publisher: Anthem Press

ISBN: 9781783080991

Category: Philosophy

Page: 198

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The contemporary importance of A. N. Whitehead (1861–1947) lies in his direct yet productive challenge to the culture of thought inherent in modernity, a challenge that suffuses science, social theory and philosophy alike. Unlike some of the more destructive aspects of postmodernism and poststructuralism, Whitehead’s diagnosis of the conceptual fault lines of the modern era does not entail a passive relativism. Instead, he calls for a renewal of our concepts, offering a positive, philosophical approach based on becoming, relativity, and a reconception of subjectivity and the social. This book outlines Whitehead’s philosophy, using it to reorient a range of specific questions and topics within contemporary social theory.

Using Conflict Theory

Using Conflict Theory presents how and why conflict erupts, and how it can be managed.

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Author: Otomar J. Bartos

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521794463

Category: Political Science

Page: 219

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Using Conflict Theory presents how and why conflict erupts, and how it can be managed.

Talk and Social Theory

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Author: Frederick Erickson

Publisher: Polity

ISBN: 0745624715

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 232

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Talk and Social Theory will be an essential text for students of sociolinguistics and the analysis of discourse in conversation. introduces the study of 'talk' linked to social theory; develops a new theoretical argument that reviews the relations between local social practices and general societal processes of talk; the use of everyday examples - a family dinner table, a school classroom, an academic advising session in an community college - enhances the book’s appeal to a non-specialist as well as a specialist audience; reviews the key theoretical perspectives and conceptual frameworks in social theory and in the sociolinguistic study of talk.

The Body and Social Theory

Surveying the range of social theories of the body, Chris Shilling offers a comprehensive and innovative assessment of the field.

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Author: Chris Shilling

Publisher: SAGE Publications Limited

ISBN: UCSC:32106011832661

Category: Social Science

Page: 232

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This clear, critical analysis of the new sociological literature on the body provides an introduction to the most important traditions of thought which have informed social theories of human embodiment. Surveying the range of social theories of the body, Chris Shilling offers a comprehensive and innovative assessment of the field. He analyzes naturalistic, social constructionist and feminist theories of the body, appraises the fundamental sociological contributions of Pierre Bourdieu and Norbert Elias, and demonstrates the centrality of the body to the traditional concerns of social theory.