Sociological Wonderment: The Puzzles of Social Life

Paperback | January 15, 1994

byPaul Higgins

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Accessible and engaging, Sociological Wonderment brings sociology into the personal lives of students. In the tradition of C. Wright Mills, the author shows how personal concerns should be considered within public contexts. The book's unique thematic approach, topicality, and the way itchallenges students' assumptions about social life make it an invaluable supplement. The interactive learning approach of Sociological Wonderment eases the job of instruction. Students come to grips with the perplexing and enigmatic puzzles at the heart of the sociological enterprise, while Higgins demonstrates that all is not what it seems to be. The author does not presumeto know the truth in full, and he explicitly states as much. Rather, his style encourages students to recognize their own value orientations on pivotal issues, removing the illusion that sociologists can or should be value-free. Sociological Wonderment is a thought-provoking search, an adventure, and an attempt to find one's way through the great maze of our social world. Students will find it a challenging but meaningful quest. A brief Instructor's Resource Guide is available.

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Accessible and engaging, Sociological Wonderment brings sociology into the personal lives of students. In the tradition of C. Wright Mills, the author shows how personal concerns should be considered within public contexts. The book's unique thematic approach, topicality, and the way itchallenges students' assumptions about social life...

Paul Higgins is at University of South Carolina.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:194 pages, 5.98 × 8.9 × 0.51 inPublished:January 15, 1994Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195329694

ISBN - 13:9780195329698

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Table of Contents

Chapter One: What's So Puzzling?Chapter Two: How Do We Know?Chapter Three: What in the World?Chapter Four: How Do We Get People to Do What We Want Them to Do?Chapter Five: Where Are We and How Did We Get Here?Epilogue

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"I liked the classic examples Higgins uses. The cross-cultural and international content also works well. The approach will definitely appeal to students."--Jeanne Ballentine, Wright State University