A Good Book, in Theory: Making Sense Through Inquiry

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2010-04-10
  • Publisher: Univ of Toronto Pr Higher education

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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. Book jacket.

Author Biography

Alan Sears is a Professor of Sociology at Ryerson University in Toronto. He is the author of Education in Learn Times (Garamond Press/UTP, 2003) and various articles on teaching and learning in higher education. James Cairns is an Assistant Professor of Contemporary Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University, Brantford, Ontario. His research is primarily in the areas of politics, media, and culture.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgementsp. vi
Preface to the First Edition: Users' Guide for Students and Instructorsp. vii
Preface to the Second Editionp. xvii
An Intersting Idea, In Theoryp. 1
But How Do You Know?p. 31
You Are Here: Mapping Social Relationsp. 61
The Real World: Making Sense of Perceptionsp. 83
Nature and Culture: The Social Construction of Distinctionsp. 113
Making Time: Clocking Social Relationsp. 135
Conclusion: So Many Theories, So Little Timep. 161
Glossaryp. 183
Referencesp. 189
Indexp. 199
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