In this new book, Lyng and Franks argue that contemporary sociology has lost its connection to human realities. Addressing the conceptual underpinnings of sociological practice, they offer ways for sociology to reclaim lost concepts of objectivity, reality, and truth. The authors deconstruct these terms in modern and postmodern contexts, yet they look beyond the usual predicaments espoused by these traditions in an effort to rebuild concepts of reality and truth more coherently for contemporary social relations and social problems.
Dr. Stephen Lyng is professor of sociology at the Virginia Commonwealth University. Dr. David D. Franks is professor of sociology at the Virginia Commonwealth University.
Part 1 Introduction Part 2 I: Breaking Down Dualities but Keeping the Tension: Sociology and Reality Chapter 3 The Collapse of Word and Deed Chapter 4 Thought, Word, and Deed: Towards a Transactional Typology of Action Chapter 5 A Relational View of Subjectivity and Objectivity Chapter 6 Cognition and Linguistically Given Distance Part 7 II: Applications to Selected Sociological Fields: An Embodied Approach Chapter 8 Toward a Transactional Sociology of the Body Chapter 9 Transaction and a Sociological Method for Social Problems Part 10 Conclusion