The Sociologically Examined Life: Pieces of the Conversation
The Sociologically Examined Life is a lively and concise text that uses analyses of everyday life to inspire students to think sociologically about society and about themselves as social actors.
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The reviews claiming bias could be leveled at any book written by any author -- every author, in short, writes from a particular perspective and viewpoint. Schwalbe, in this text, makes his explicit (which is something much more rare). He encourages readers to think critically and deeply about the social world, to take socio-historic and political context into account, and to argue back against the book. No scholarship is value-free, but what Schwalbe advocates is not a destination point of thought or specific ideological perspective; instead, he offers an approach to thinking critically called "sociological mindfulness." It is a way to approach engagement with the social world that can offer benefits to readers of every ideological bent or persuasion.
Schwalbe's writing is clear and accessible, easy to approach and easy to appreciate. This is a powerful and helpful book.