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Preface: How to Read This Book; S.Matthewman & C.L.West-Newman.- Being Sociological; C.L.West-Newman & S.Matthewman.- Researching; B.Curtis.- Modernizing; R.Kilminster.- Controlling: Power; C.L.West-Newman & S.Matthewman.- Stratifying: Inequality; D.Mayeda.- Becoming: Identities; M.Sullivan & C.L.West-Newman.- Gendering; M. Holmes.- Sexualizing; M.Stevens.- Racializing; C.L.West-Newman & I.Vodanovich.- Relating: Families; R.Shaw.- Feeling: Emotions; C.L.West-Newman.- Believing: Religions; T.McIntosh.- Educating; V.de Oliveira.- Straying: Deviance; S. Pfhol & K. Bachechi.- Globalizing; M. Steger & E.Wilson.- Working; B.Curtis.- Consuming; C. Rojek.- Sustaining: The Environment; B. Smart.- Connecting: Technology; S.Matthewman.- Communicating: Media; W. Wood.- Finishing; S.Matthewman.- Glossary

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Beautifully written, imaginatively illustrated and systematically presented, this critical encounter with common sense makes me want to study sociology all over again. Lucky are the students who will read it.' - Michael Burawoy, President of the International Sociological Association 'Sociology invites us to think differently about the familiar. The results can be - should be - disruptive. Being Sociological captures the sociological imagination in terms of six key themes that provide creative methods of understanding social reality. These signposts also give this volume both discipline and coherence. Thinking of society as process, the authors cover a wide range of social activities from feeling to working, and from consuming to modernizing. These sociological concepts are carefully applied to major contemporary issues such as the Arab Spring, violent conflict in Chechnya, and global warming. For students, vice-chancellors and politicians asking the standard question ('why do sociology?'), Being Sociological provides compelling answers.' - Bryan S. Turner, The Graduate Center, The City University of New York, USA Praise for the First Edition: 'I generally find introductory texts rather bland and uninspiring, but not in this instance. Overall I think the editors and their contributors have succeeded in delivering a text that offers an original and interesting approach to the difficult task of introducing sociology to students' - Professor Barry Smart, School of Social, Historical and Literary Studies, University of Portsmouth, UK 'The writing is remarkably coherent for a multi-authored book [and] the style is accessible to students new to sociology. I like it. The book is interesting to read - never boring.' - Professor Kenneth Roberts, School of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Liverpool, UK 'This is a refreshing 'take' on the subject and provides the strongest claim to originality competitive market.' - David Pearson, Reader in Sociology, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

About the Author

STEVE MATTHEWMAN is Associate Professor in Sociology, Department of Sociology, University of Auckland, New Zealand. He is an established writer and co-editor, and has over 12 years' experience teaching introductory level sociology courses across various institutions in New Zealand.
CATHERINE LANE WEST-NEWMAN is Senior Lecturer in Sociology, Department of Sociology, University of Auckland, New Zealand. She has over 17 years' experience of co-ordinating and delivering first year sociology courses and has enjoyed Visiting Professorships at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She is the author of a number of book chapters and articles in the field of sociological studies.
BRUCE CURTIS is Senior Lecturer and Head of Department in Sociology at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. He has more that 12 years' experience of running and teaching a range of sociology and interdisciplinary undergraduate courses. He is Past President of the Sociological Association of Aotearoa New Zealand.

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'Beautifully written, imaginatively illustrated and systematically presented, this critical encounter with common sense makes me want to study sociology all over again. Lucky are the students who will read it.' - Michael Burawoy, President of the International Sociological Association 'Sociology invites us to think differently about the familiar. The results can be - should be - disruptive. Being Sociological captures the sociological imagination in terms of six key themes that provide creative methods of understanding social reality. These signposts also give this volume both discipline and coherence. Thinking of society as process, the authors cover a wide range of social activities from feeling to working, and from consuming to modernizing. These sociological concepts are carefully applied to major contemporary issues such as the Arab Spring, violent conflict in Chechnya, and global warming. For students, vice-chancellors and politicians asking the standard question ('why do sociology?'), Being Sociological provides compelling answers.' - Bryan S. Turner, The Graduate Center, The City University of New York, USA Praise for the First Edition: 'I generally find introductory texts rather bland and uninspiring, but not in this instance. Overall I think the editors and their contributors have succeeded in delivering a text that offers an original and interesting approach to the difficult task of introducing sociology to students' - Professor Barry Smart, School of Social, Historical and Literary Studies, University of Portsmouth, UK 'The writing is remarkably coherent for a multi-authored book [and] the style is accessible to students new to sociology. I like it. The book is interesting to read - never boring.' - Professor Kenneth Roberts, School of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Liverpool, UK 'This is a refreshing 'take' on the subject and provides the strongest claim to originality competitive market.' - David Pearson, Reader in Sociology, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

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