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The Case for Sociology




Daniel Nehring and Dylan Kerrigan


Bristol U.P. - Policy Press



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All except China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan


Daniel Nehring is Associate Professor of Sociology at East China University of Science and Technology in Shanghai. Dylan Kerrigan is a Lecturer in Criminology at the University of Leicester and a Visiting Lecturer in Sociology at the University of the West Indies.





Re-examining C.Wright Mills’s legacy as a jumping off point, this original introduction to sociology illuminates global concepts, themes and practices that are fundamental to the discipline. It makes a case for the importance of developing a sociological imagination and provides the steps for how readers can do that. 

The unique text: 

• Offers succinct and wide-ranging coverage of many of the most important themes and concepts taught in first year sociology courses; 

• Has a global framework and case material which engages with decoloniality and critiques an overly white, western and developed world view of sociology; 

• Is woven through with contemporary examples, from social media to social inequality, big data to the self-help industry; 

• Rethinks and re-imagines what a critically committed, politically engaged and publicly relevant sociology should look like in the 21st century.

This is a lively, engaging and accessible overview of sociology for all its students, teachers and people who want to learn more about sociology today. It is a welcome clarion call for sociology’s importance in public life.


"This is an innovative, thoroughly researched and well-written 21st Century introductory sociology text. Your students will love it!"  _Rhoda Reddock, The University of the West Indies "Engaging and comprehensive outline of key concepts and theories."                                                 .   _Virpi Timonen, Trinity College Dublin "I found the book to be engaging and accessible, one that would provide a useful 'way in' to quite complex ideas and concepts. I think that UG students would like the style of writing and the ease wit...


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