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Sociologists' TalesContemporary narratives on sociological thought and practice$
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Katherine Twamley, Mark Doidge, and Andrea Scott

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781447318668

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447318668.001.0001

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Why sociology?

Why sociology?

(p.23) Two Why sociology?
Sociologists' Tales

Mark Featherstone

Policy Press

This chapter opens with the question of the value of sociology in an individualised society where the question of social relations has been largely foreclosed by an ideological hegemony which suggests that there is no such thing as society. Against this situation, which has transformed sociology into a kind of spectral discipline, my suggestion is that sociology is important for enabling people to place themselves in the world and think about their human environment. For this reason my vision of sociology is of a concrete discipline which enables the sociologist to understand the experience of the self, which lives, eats, starves, loves, and suffers, in terms of wider social relations which condition these personal states of being. Thus this chapter presents sociology as a democratic, personal, aesthetic, imaginative, and empathetic discipline that enables the sociologist to create accounts of the world that make sense for both self and others.

Keywords:   critique, theory, imagination, creativity, practical

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