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Good Book, in Theory

Making Sense Through Inquiry



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A Good Book, in Theory: Making Sense Through Inquiry by Alan Sears
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This brief and engagingly written book provides a unique introduction to the process of social inquiry and the theoretical and methodological frameworks that support that inquiry, offering a strong foundation in critical thinking that is rooted in the social sciences but maintains relevance across the disciplines.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements Preface to the First Edition: Users' Guide for Students and Instructors Preface to the Second Edition 1. An Interesting Idea, In Theory 2. But How Do You Know? 3. You Are Here: Mapping Social Relations 4. The Real World: Making Sense of Perceptions 5. Nature and Culture: The Social Construction of Distinctions 6. Making Time: Clocking Social Relations 7. Conclusion: So Many Theories, So Little Time Glossary References Index

Author Biography

Alan Sears is Professor of Sociology at Ryerson University, Toronto. He is the author of Retooling the Mind Factory: Education in a Lean State (UTP, 2003) and co-author with James Cairns of The Democratic Imagination (UTP, 2012). James Cairns is Assistant Professor in the Contemporary Studies Department at Wilfrid Laurier University, Brantford. He is the co-author, with Alan Sears, of The Democratic Imagination (UTP, 2012).
Release date Australia
January 4th, 2010
Country of Publication
2nd Revised edition
University of Toronto Press
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