Thinking Sociologically, 2nd Edition
August 2001, ©2001, Wiley-Blackwell
Preface to the Second Edition.
Introduction: The Discipline of Sociology.
Part I: Action, Identity and Understanding in Everyday Life.
1. Oneself with Others.
2. Viewing and Sustaining Our Lives.
3. The Bonds that Unite: Speaking of 'We'.
Part II: Living our Lives: Challenges, Choices and Constraints.
4. Decisions and Actions: Power, Choice and Moral Duty.
5. Making it Happen: Gifts, Exchange and Intimacy in Relationships.
6. Care of Our Selves: The Body, Health and Sexuality.
7. Time, Space and (Dis)Order.
8. Drawing Boundaries: Culture, Nature, State and Territory.
9. The Business in Everyday Life: Consumption, Technology and Lifestyles.
Part III: Looking Back and Looking Forward.
10. Thinking Sociologically.
Questions for Reflection and Further Reading.
Tim May is Professor of Sociology at the University of Salford. He is the author of Social Research: Issues, Methods, and Process (third edition, 2001); Situating Social Theory (1996) and editor of Qualitative Research in Action (2002); co-author, with Malcolm Williams, of Introduction to the Philosophy of Social Research (1996), with whom he also co-edited Knowing the Social World (1998).
- Fully revised and expanded edition.
- Includes two new essays on time and space and health and
- Contains new coverage of contemporary issues such as intimacy, risk, globalization, organizations, and new technologies.
Includes improved pedagogical features such as chapter introductions, end of chapter summaries and detailed recommended reading lists.
"In the first edition of Thinking Sociologically, Bauman
created a very personal yet inspiring view of Sociology as a
liberating discipline. In the second edition, Bauman and
collaborator Tim May have added new topics - Time and Space,
Intimacy, and Risk - that have kept the visionary gleam of the
original. In showing how Sociology can illuminate the rhythms of
everyday life, this new edition will enthuse a new generation of
students." -- Nick Abercrombie, Lancaster University
"In this revised edition, Tim May has done a brilliant job of
reworking Bauman's text while keeping the directness and verve of
the original version." -- William Outhwaite, University of
"Bauman and May have produced a new edition of a book whcih will
serve us well for a second decade" Community Care
"Highly recommended for undergraduate and general
Of the Previous Edition:
"Bauman skilfully weaves in the contributions of major theorists
and introduces important concepts of sociology as they become
<!--end-->"Bauman finds sociology exciting and subversive:
so will his readers." Laurie Taylor, University of
"Bauman's commitment to sociology as a sophisticated, yet
manageable, mode of thought stays with my students and lends depth
to their reading of other texts in the course. I am impressed with
the book. But my students' spontaneous enthusiasm for Thinking
Sociologically is the highest praise of all." Ira Cohen,
Professor of Sociology, Rutgers University
"A wise, introduction to sociology." Contemporary Sociology