The Sociological Worldview

  • ID: 2248465
  • Book
  • 224 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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The Sociological Worldview is an introduction for the 1990s, offering a much needed contemporary alternative to existing texts on the development of sociological thought.

Stressing the significance of global changes in society, Restivo demonstrates that sociological thinking can be applied to areas of everyday life that may not appear to be fundamentally social: the self, love, religion, mathematics, science, and the world order. Through a series of challenging analyses of these key subjects, and others, the author shows the value of the sociological perspective as a revolutionary development in the history of human inquiry.

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"The author′s aim in this book is to introduce students to the field of sociology through the use of some challenging applications of the sociological perspective. Restivo′s emphasis upo the pervasiveness of society, even in the realms of culture and the mind, and his concern for the direction of social evolution, make this a very refreshing introduction to sociology."Randall Collins, University of California

"Sal Restivo′s book is an authentic gem of originality. It is certainly a marvelous idea to span the field so broadly and to teach that love and mathematics, a pair of concepts that we ar enot accustomed to see together, can both be studied from a sociological perspective. In doing that, Sal Restivo reminds studnets and teachers alike that sociology is above all an anlytical style rather than a specific content. Well read, offering a compelling sense of historical and cultural relativity, Restivo uses an elegant and robust prose to underline the need t maintain a proper dialogue between sociology as a discipline of the mind and ethics." Remi Clignet, University of Maryland

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