Social Theory in the Real World

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SAGE, May 18, 2001 - Social Science - 186 pages
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Social Theory in the Real World

is concerned with illustrating the practical benefits of social theory. Many students find it hard to relate the real insights provided by social theory to their real life experiences, and many lecturers struggle to demonstrate the relevance of social theory to everyday life. This book offers an accessible, non-patronizing solution to the problem, demonstrating that social theory need not be remote and obscure, but if used in imaginative ways, it can be indispensable in challenging our common sense perceptions and understandings.

The book identifies the key themes of contemporary social theory: mass society, postindustrialism, consumerism, postmodernism, McDonaldization, risk and globa

  

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Contents

The reality of social theory
1
A mass society?
18
A postindustrial society?
39
A consumer society?
60
A postmodern society?
82
A McDonaldized society?
103
A risk society?
123
A global society?
143
Theorizing for real
163
References
176
Index
184
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About the author (2001)

Andy Bennett is Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Surrey.
Mark Cieslik is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Teesside.
Steven Miles is Head of Research at the Centre for Cultural Policy and Management at the University of Northumbria.

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