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Discourse on Applied Sociology: Volume 2

Discourse on Applied Sociology: Volume 2

Practising Perspectives

Edited by Samir Dasgupta & Robyn Driskell

This engaging and wide-ranging two-volume study urges a balance between theoretical and practical sociology.

Hardback, 249 Pages

ISBN:9781843312758

August 2007

£70.00, $115.00

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  • About This Book
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  • Author Information
  • Series
  • Table of Contents

About This Book

This engaging two-volume study pursues a balance between theoretical and practical sociology. The authors are aware of the impasse often deliberately created by the self-conscious language of sociological theory. The primary concern of the applied sociologist is to adapt theoretical knowledge to actual human situations, using it to formulate social policy, investigate domestic and international social problems and create a pragmatic ‘sociology of possibility’.

Volume II, subtitled ‘Practising Perspectives’, provides workable guidelines for social scientists, policymakers, planners, administrators and social activists. The reader is also introduced to the sophisticated research methods employed in the social sciences. Emphasizing cross-cultural experiences and a global perspective, the essays study social problems using inductive and deductive approaches, measurable concepts and quantitative analysis. Modern crises precipitated by war, terrorism, anarchy and poverty are examined in practical and realistic terms.

Reviews

'The work is an ambitious effort that draw upon the works of others, provideds a solid historical grounding of sociological practice, and offers as Dasgupta's chapter names it, the 'problem and prospects' of applied sociology.' —Jeffrey R. Breese, Marymount University

Author Information

Samir Dasgupta, D.Litt. is Professor and Chairperson, Department of Sociology at the University of Kalyani, West Bengal, India.

Robyn Bateman Driskell, Ph.D. is Associate Professor of Sociology at Baylor University, Texas.

Series

Key Issues in Modern Sociology

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgement; Contributors; List of Abbreviations; Introduction; Clinical Sociology, Career Coaching and Somatic Learning; Applied Social Survey Methodology; When a Stranger Calls; Globalization, Growth and Poverty Reduction; Applied Version of Rural Poverty; Social Justice vs ‘Financial Apartheid’; Global Ideology and Local Reality among Child Street Labourers in Guatemala City; Social Politics and Policy in an Era of Globalization; Theoretical Claims and Ethnic Identity Formation; Gender and Immigrant Religious Practices; Applied Sociology and Demography; Index

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