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A Contemporary Introduction to Sociology (The Yale Cultural Sociology Series)

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Jeffrey C. Alexander, Kenneth Thompson

Product Details

ISBN: 9781594512704

Publish Date: 01/31/2008

Publisher: Paradigm Publishers

Number of pages: 656


It has been decades since a truly new introduction to sociology has appeared let alone one from two leading sociologists at the cutting edge of theory and research. Alexander and Thompson's is such a text the first that takes its lead from the cultural turn in social science and how it transforms the recent practice of sociology. Jargon-free, the text reflects the idioms and interests of contemporary American life and global social issues. It invites students to come to terms with their lives within the current world transition a combustible leap from modern to postmodern life. It shows how culture is central to understanding many world problems as it challenges readers to confront the risks and potentialities of a postmodern era in which the futures of both the physical and social environment seem uncertain.

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