Teaching yourself social theory

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SAGE, 2003 - Philosophy - 256 pages
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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.

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Contents

PARTl
12
Functionalism
39
PART ll
69
Copyright

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About the author (2003)

David Harris is the legendary anti-war activist who went to jail for draft resistance in the 1960s. Formerly a contributing editor at the "New York Times Magazine" & "Rolling Stone", his seven previous books include "The League", "Dreams Die Hard", & "The Last Stand".

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