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Passionate Sociology


June 1996 | 192 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
What is passionate sociology? Does sociology merit passion? Too often the subject is taught as a dry and detached system of thought and practice. Passion is often regarded as something to avoid or to treat with inherent suspicion; however, now there is a book that frankly argues for passion as a necessity in sociology. This groundbreaking volume is not simply about passionate sociology, it demonstrates passionate sociology. By asking questions about sociology and its relation to passion, the authors seek to revitalize the subject. Passionate Sociology deliberately sets out to excite students with an account of what sociology can achieve to help them understand their own lives and the social conditions of our own time. It introduces and develops a number of major themes including identity, knowledge, metaphor, magic desire, power, everyday life, and cultural mediation. The authors argue that students should analyze these themes through practices of reading, writing, speaking, learning, storytelling, performing, and organizing. They also aim to introduce students to the subject by a controlled engagement with practical sociological ideas and ways of seeing. In this way they hope that readers will participate in the creative possibilities of sociology. Well-informed, concise, and designed for the needs of students, Passionate Sociology presents a notable shift in introducing sociology to newcomers. It offers a major challenge to established textbooks and points to inspiring new ways of approaching the subject. "The text is a wonderful demystification of sociology; students can learn an enormous amount from it. What Ann Game and Andrew Metcalfe want to do is to put the passion back into sociology and thus emancipate the subject and its pleasures from those who would be its high priests. . . . Wonderful!" --Keith Tester, Reader in Sociology, Portsmouth University
 
Passion
 
School
 
Managing
 
Magic
 
Stories
 
Writing
 
Ink
 
Reading
 
Desire
 
Knowing

`Overall, I found Passionate Sociology an engaging text which made me reflect on my own teaching practices, and my understanding of sociology. It also effectively highlights some of the key problems with those sociologists we now can categorize as `dispassionate' - Thesis Eleven

`The text is a wonderful demystification of sociology; students can learn an enormous amount from it. What Game and Metcalfe want to do is put the passion back into sociology and thus emancipate the subject and its pleasures from those who would be its High Priests.... Wonderful!' - Keith Tester, Reader in Sociology, Portsmouth University

`Passionate Sociology is a courageous book that breathes life into the questions that haunt sociology and other disciplines. The joy and the preplexity of writing sociology is made tangible, as is the great wager of how to render textual the machinations of everyday living. It encourages us all to become more attentive and caring students of the social world that we inhabit' - Elspeth Probyn, Director of Women's Studies, The University of Sydney


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