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The uses of sociology
Sociology and society
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Oxford : Blackwell Publishers, 2002
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The Uses of Sociology discusses whether sociologicalknowledge is important. It introduces students to the main ways inwhich sociology is practised in the world and explores the majordebates concerning its social purposes.

Explores questions concerning the usefulness of sociology andthe problems involved in engaging in social intervention.
Includes readings which students can use to evaluate theusefulness of different sociological perspectives.
Compares and contrasts different sociological traditions, andtheir engagements with ?the social'.
Forms part of a four-book series on sociology and society.

For more information about this book and the Sociology &Society series, visit the accompanying website at

Author Notes

Peter Hamilton is Lecturer in Sociology at The OpenUniversity. He played a key role in developing sociology at TheOpen University, and in sociology publishing more generally. Hisrecent publications include The Beautiful and the Damned (with Roger Hargreaves) (2001).

Kenneth Thompson is Professor in Sociology at The OpenUniversity. He was one of the founders of sociology at The OpenUniversity and is co-President of the International SociologicalAssociation Research Committee on Sociological Theory. His previouspublications include Moral Panics (1999).

Table of Contents

The Uses Of Sociology: IntroductionPeter Hamilton and Kenneth Thompson
1 Mapping The FieldPeter Hamilton
2 Sociology And GovernmentTony Bennett
3 The Public SphereJim Mcguigan
4 Tools For Commerce? Sociology And Economic LifeElizabeth Mcfall
5 Sociology And Social Movements: Theories, Analyses And Ethical DilemmasMerl Storr
6 Sociology UnboundKarim Murji
7 Understanding The Past And Predicting The Future: Sociologists And ProphetsKenneth Thompson
Readings In The Uses Of Sociology
Auguste Comte: The Positive Philosophy (1853)
Robert A. Nisbet: Sociology As An Art Form (1968)
C. Wright Mills: The Sociological Imagination (1959)
Zygmunt Bauman: Legislators And Interpreters (1987)
Michel Foucault: Governmentality (1991)
Anne Witz: The Feminist Challenge (1997)
John Urry: Sociology As A Parasite: Some Vices And Virtues (1981)