The first book of its kind, Sociology and the New Materialism explores the many and varied applications of "new materialism," a key emerging trend in 21st century thought, to the practice of doing sociology.
Offering a clear exposition of new materialist theory and using sociological examples throughout to enable the reader to develop a materialist sociological understanding, the book:
Outlines the fundamental precepts of new materialism
Explores how materialism provides new perspectives on the range of sociological topic areas
Explains how materialist approaches can be used to research sociological issues and also to engage with social issues.
Sociology and the New Materialism is a clear and authoritative one-stop guide for advanced undergraduates and postgraduates in sociology, cultural studies, social policy and related disciplines.
Pam Alldred is reader in sociology and youth studies in the Department of Clinical Sciences, Brunel University London, UK. She has researched sexualities and sex & relationship education, gendered and sexual violence, and the views of children and young people, lesbian mothers and young mothers on inequalities and education and social policy issues.
PART ONE: New Materialism and the Sociological Imagination Chapter 1: Introduction Chapter 2: Foundations - new materialism and the sociological imagination Chapter 3: Environment - humans, posthumans and ecological sociology Chapter 4: Society - beyond systems, structures and stratification PART TWO: Applying New Materialism Sociologically Chapter 5: Creativity - imagination, social production, social change Chapter 6: Sexuality - desire, intensification, becoming Chapter 7: Emotions - embodiment, continuity and change Chapter 8: Health - beyond the body-with-organs PART THREE: Research, Policy and Activism Chapter 9: Research - designs, methods and the research assemblage Chapter 10: Change - action, policy, social transformation Glossary Bibliography