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Published: 30 September 2010

536 Pages | 28 b/w photos; 15 figures; 28 tables

ISBN: 9780195432503

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Understanding Society

A Survey of Modern Social Theory

Second Edition

Douglas Mann

  • Comprehensive. Focuses on contemporary social theory (1930s to present) while also providing an overview of classical theory in opening chapters, making the text suitable for full-year social theory courses.
  • Current. Explores contemporary debates relating to communication, popular culture, the global village, corporatism, globalization, race, gender, and sexuality, offering students an up-to-date treatment of modern social theory.
  • Canadian focus. Emphasizes Canadian contexts, examples, and theorists throughout, making the material relevant to Canadian students.
  • Logical organization. Groups theorists into major categories-including critical theory, structuralism and post-structuralism, and globalization-so they can be studied in the order that best suits individual courses, providing flexibility for instructors.
  • Student-friendly pedagogy. Extensive study questions and bibliographies at the end of each chapter, as well as illustrations, tables, and icons indicating additional material online help students understand important concepts.
  • Engaging. A lively, lucid writing style makes complex content accessible for students.

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