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The goal of Foundations of Social Understanding: A Theory and Institutions Based Introduction to Sociology is to convey the essential aspects of sociology, keeping the focus on the theoretical ideas that form the backbone of the discipline. This book fills a niche for instructors and students who wish to have a rigorously presented, yet low-cost text that covers essential aspects of the field.
The text is distinctive in the density of material it covers. The authors move beyond the tiresome debates about which theoretical position is "really" correct and which is wrong. The guiding philosophy is that the discipline of sociology has a strong and integrated core. While no theory explains everything, each of those presented does well at shedding light on something. Part of what needs to be considered in conjunction with the study of theory is the question of what domain of social reality it is most useful at explaining.
The very core of a discipline is the theories it has developed. For better or worse, the discipline of sociology has spawned a sometimes dizzying array of studies, empirical and otherwise. These are necessary, but not sufficient, to have a rich and worthwhile discipline, and one that offers insight into the human condition. Theories - the worthwhile ones - come about more slowly. Theory is not about what happened in the latest studies. It is born of hard-won insight, sometimes over the course of years or decades, or even lifetimes.
Rather than treating theory as if it were a sub-discipline of sociology, the authors see the theories of sociology as the backbone of the discipline itself. Thus, they focus on theoretical development throughout the text, so that students, from the very first day they begin to study sociology, have access to this powerful set of tools in their foundational understanding of society.
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By S. Callahan on 05-12-17

Great for Passing CLEP!

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I used this Sociology text as my primary course material for the CLEP Intro to Sociology. It covered all the relevant information in a way that was easy to understand. The author used a conversational tone which made listening pleasant. I wish more textbooks were like this one. It was fantastic to be able to listen to the material and go about my other responsibilities. I passed my CLEP exam with a good score, thank you, Mr. Burns.

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