The Promise of Sociology: Classical Approaches to Contemporary Society, Second Edition

The Promise of Sociology: Classical Approaches to Contemporary Society, Second Edition

by Rob Beamish

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Overview

Unlike most introductory texts that take a topical approach to studying sociology, this smart, challenging, and accessibly written text looks at the core principles of the discipline, making links to a contemporary context.

The second edition of this award-winning book has been substantially revised, making more direct connections between Generation Z, Mills's concept of the sociological imagination, and the challenges students face in higher education today. The section on popular culture contains a new chapter on the history of popular music from early rock 'n' roll to contemporary pop and R&B. New chapter objectives, end-of-chapter review and reflection questions, key terms, and glossary, as well as an instructor's manual, make this text much more useful in the classroom.



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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781442634046
Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Higher Education Division
Publication date: 08/29/2016
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 416
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Rob Beamish is head of the Department of Sociology at Queen's University, Kingston, Canada, where he has taught for 30 years. He is the author of Marx, Method, and the Division of Labor (1992); Fastest, Highest, Strongest: A Critique of High Performance Sport (2006, with Ian Ritchie), and Steroids: A New Look at Performance-Enhancing Drugs (2011).

Table of Contents

Preface

Introduction

Part One: Why Think Sociologically?

1. Visions and Profiles of Students Today
2. Generation Z and the Promise of Sociology
3. The Light of Reason: Higher Education's Challenges

Part Two: The Classical Tradition

4. Marx and the Dialectic of Dynamic, Unstable Social Formations
5. Marx, the Communist Manifesto, and Modernity
6. From Descartes to Durkheim: Toward a Science of Society
7. Durkheim and the Systematic Study of Social Facts
8. Weber and the Interpretive Understanding of Social Action
9. The Spirit of Capitalism, Modernity, and the Postmodern World

Part Three: Sociology and Contemporary Popular Culture

10. Culture and Critique
11. The Dialectics of Popular Culture
12. Rock 'n' Roll as Complex Culture
13. The Promise of Sociology

Glossary of Key Terms and Names
Bibliography
Index

What People are Saying About This

Neil Guppy

This is sociology as it should be introduced—gripping and elucidating.

Henry Allen

Beamish thoughtfully champions the authentic vision of sociology: freedom to explore, discover, and learn; freedom to disagree, dispute, and reject; freedom to be enabled by the rubrics and toolkit of sociology; freedom to be critical; freedom to be passionate about sociological inquiry; freedom to make the world a more equitable, safer, and better place for humanity. Such is the quest unveiled afresh in the new edition of The Promise of Sociology.

Francine Tremblay

Rob Beamish has done it again! The first edition of this textbook changed the way I taught introductory sociology. In the second edition, Beamish's respect for higher education and students shines through, making it an innovative and inspiring contribution.

Mickey Vallee

Challenging, unconventional, and able to convey the classical sociological imagination without sacrificing any of its nuances, The Promise of Sociology has been my favorite book to use in the introductory classroom. My students have been fascinated by it, and appreciate most of all the maturity with which the book engages their imaginations. The new edition surely won't disappoint.

Concordia University Francine Tremblay

Rob Beamish has done it again! The first edition of this textbook changed the way I taught introductory sociology. In the second edition, Beamish's respect for higher education and students shines through, making it an innovative and inspiring contribution.

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