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Sociology and the New Materialism

Sociology and the New Materialism
Theory, Research, Action

First Edition

December 2016 | 240 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

The first book of its kind, Sociology and the New Materialism explores the many and varied applications of “new materialism,” a key emerging trend in 21st century thought, to the practice of doing sociology.

Offering a clear exposition of new materialist theory and using sociological examples throughout to enable the reader to develop a materialist sociological understanding, the book:

  • Outlines the fundamental precepts of new materialism
  • Explores how materialism provides new perspectives on the range of sociological topic areas
  • Explains how materialist approaches can be used to research sociological issues and also to engage with social issues.

Sociology and the New Materialism is a clear and authoritative one-stop guide for advanced undergraduates and postgraduates in sociology, cultural studies, social policy and related disciplines.  

PART ONE: New Materialism and the Sociological Imagination
Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Foundations – new materialism and the sociological imagination
Chapter 3: Environment – humans, posthumans and ecological sociology
Chapter 4: Society – beyond systems, structures and stratification
PART TWO: Applying New Materialism Sociologically
Chapter 5: Creativity – imagination, social production, social change
Chapter 6: Sexuality – desire, intensification, becoming
Chapter 7: Emotions – embodiment, continuity and change
Chapter 8: Health – beyond the body-with-organs
PART THREE: Research, Policy and Activism
Chapter 9: Research – designs, methods and the research assemblage
Chapter 10: Change – action, policy, social transformation

Very good book. Skilful dissemination of a complicated subject area.

Professor Jens Christian Nielsen
Danish School of Education, Aarhus University
May 13, 2016

This books gives a differentiated overview of the current thematic orientations of approaches in new materialism. Hence offering a thorough overview of new materialist theory and sociological research examples. It is a valuable book for those who are interested in new materialist approaches for studying societal processes.

Mrs Vanessa Weber
Sociology , University of Hamburg
October 24, 2016

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