Teaching Yourself Social Theory

Teaching Yourself Social Theory

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`Social theory is a very difficult subject to teach and it is one that students generally find hard to get to grips with. Teaching Yourself Social Theory offers a highly original and comprehensive resource that will be welcomed by students and teachers alike' - Barry Smart, University of Portsmouth `I have no hesitation in recommending Harris' text to students and teachers of social theory' - Sociology This refreshing and accessible text demonstrates how social theory can be made into an intelligible discourse that touches upon key aspects of everyday life. The abstraction and formalism of much contemporary social theory is criticized as unnecessarily `scholastic' for the beginner. The author maintains that the main problems in studying the subject are not intrinsic to social theory, but derive from how the subject is taught as a university discipline. This lively book uses non-specialist terms to introduce more complex themes, and incorporates a Website with questions and reading guides to some of the classic works.... interaction a€” this is how human beings solve all their problems, including those when encountering the natural world. ... One story about the study is that it began with the intention of examining the impact of academic life upon students and their ... When listening to students discussing how they were solving the pragmatic problems of coping with university life, the ... both academic and social success, but it was terribly difficult to achieve one by reading all the suggested books andanbsp;...

Title:Teaching Yourself Social Theory
Author:David Harris
Publisher:SAGE - 2003


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