"...In a change of course, [Turner's] latest work provides a meaningful introduction to both classical and contemporary social theory within 12 broad traditions....Turner invites readers to explore fundamental questions, such as whether sociology is a science, whether it should be critical or moral, the most important way in which to approach sociological analysis, and whether to approach it at the micro or macro level....This information not only offers a bare-bones introduction but also provides relevance, connecting each theory to the others and to the world in which they all operate.
This is an extremely useful text for students in both undergraduate and postgraduate studies. It has been recommended as for additional reading.
I went with anoter Sage publication instead -- The Handbook of Community Practice. It was a very tough decision! But I decided that the emphasis on community is better for my class.
While some of the theories applied to globalization, most of the text would have been too challenging for the students I have in my courses, typically freshman and sophomores. I thought it was well put together and when I teach a course on social theory, I will definitely adopt this book.
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