This highly original and compelling book offers an introduction to the art and science of social inquiry, including the theoretical and methodological frameworks that support that inquiry. The new edition offers coverage of post-modernism and Indigenous ways of knowing, as well as a discussion of the research process and how to communicate arguments effectively. The result is a book that blends the best of earlier editions with updates that provide a strong foundation in critical thinking, rooted in the social sciences but relevant across disciplines.
Alan Sears is Professor of Sociology at Ryerson University. He is the author of The New Left: A History of the Future (2014) and co-author with James Cairns of The Democratic Imagination: Envisioning Popular Power in the Twenty-First Century (2012). James Cairns is Associate Professor in the Contemporary Studies Department at Wilfrid Laurier University, Brantford. He is the co-author with Alan Sears of A Good Book, In Theory (third edition, 2015) and The Democratic Imagination: Envisioning Popular Power in the Twenty-First Century (2012).
List of Thinking Points Acknowledgements Preface: Users' Guide for Students and Instructors 1. An Interesting Idea, In Theory 2. Theory Matters 3. But How Do You Know? 4. You Are Here: Mapping Social Relations 5. The Real World: Making Sense of Perceptions 6. Nature and Culture: The Social Construction of Distinctions 7. Making Time: Clocking Social Relations 8. Conclusion: The Politics of Social Theory Glossary References Index