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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Dead White Men and Other Important People

Edition 2nd Edition
ISBN 9781137467850
Publication Date March 2016
Formats Paperback Ebook 
Publisher Palgrave

How do you know what you feel? Why are some bad habits so hard to shake? Why do people do what they are told? Are we players or puppets? What is 'society'? These are some of the questions that new undergraduate student Mila begins to ask as she sets out on her journey to find out what sociology is and why it matters.

This is a novel of ideas, a textbook in which we follow Mila and her friends as they grapple with sociological ideas and problems. It offers refreshingly clear explanations of the most important aspects of sociology and exposes students to social theory and how it relates to our everyday experiences. Through Mila's thoughts and actions, and the events in her social and family life, students are encouraged to engage critically and personally with sociological ideas, and in the process learn how to interpret, use and reshape them.

Bringing the subject to life with humour, storytelling and doodles, this revised second edition of Dead White Men and Other Important People remains the ideal introduction to sociological thinking for students at all levels.

Angus Bancroft is Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Edinburgh, UK.

Ralph Fevre is Professor of Social Research at Cardiff University, UK.

Between them, Bancroft and Fevre have almost 40 years of experience teaching sociological theory in the U.K. and U.S. They have published widely in both books and journals.

0. In the Beginning
1. In at the Deep End
2. In the Café
3. In the Picture
4. In Our Genes?
5. In Cahoots
6. In Doni's Club
7. In the Night
8. In the Morning
9. In Control
10. In Doubt
11. In Sickness and in Health
12. In Two Acts
13. In Essence
14. In and Against
15. In Between
16. In Pieces
17. In and Out
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Engagingly-written, Dead White Men is a highly original introduction to foundational theories and ideas in Sociology. That it does this by instilling a sense of wonder and imagination about the social world is part of its special appeal. Essential reading for all committed Sociology undergraduates.' -Sarah Moore, University of Bath, UK.
'This book offers a rich and inspiring insight into sociology's key theories and thinkers, delicately told through the story of Mila – the perfect introduction for students new to sociology.' –Trudie Knijn, Utrecht University, The Netherlands.
'It allowed me, a student who had never studied Sociology before, to be gently yet thoroughly introduced to the topics I was studying in lectures and seminars. Mila's story kept me engaged by offering breaks in pure theory, instead showing how Sociology can be interpreted through the life of a student like me.' –Lydia, a sociology student
'The theories are introduced gradually and develop as the chapter is going on, allowing me to process the idea in my head as I'm reading. The fact that the theory isn't given to you straight away in a few paragraphs makes this a lot easier to understand compared to other resources.' – Luke, a sociology student
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