A Good Book, In Theory: Making Sense Through Inquiry, Second Edition

A Good Book, In Theory: Making Sense Through Inquiry, Second Edition

by Alan Sears, James Cairns

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781442606685
Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Higher Education Division
Publication date: 12/02/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 206
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Alan Sears is Professor of Sociology at Ryerson University, Toronto. He is the author of Retooling the Mind Factory: Education in a Lean State (2003).

James Cairns is Assistant 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: Making Sense Through Inquiry.

Table of Contents


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




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