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Promise of Sociology : Classical Approaches to Contemporary Society (Hardcover) (Rob Beamish)
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The Promise of Sociology is an award-winning introduction to the discipline of sociology. Beamish begins with a sociological profile of today’s undergraduate students, juxtaposing their collective biography against the current historical moment. He builds on this discussion by introducing C. Wright Mills’s concept of the sociological imagination and outlining a method for thinking sociologically. He then moves back to the classical theorists, outlining their most important contributions to sociology.
The second edition has been substantially revised throughout, including improved connections between the discussion of millennials and Mills’s concept of the sociological imagination. As well, popular culture is woven more explicitly throughout the book, with the final section focusing on popular music (from early folk and jazz to contemporary hip hop) as an extended example.