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book naming contest

For about five years now, I have been working on and off on a social theory book. The purpose is to explain to a wide audience what it is that sociologists do. A number of readers have read drafts of the book and provided valuable feedback. The book has a new editor who has very strongly suggested a new title of the book. The old title was “All of Sociology in Four E-Z Steps!!!” But what should the new title be?

Here is my first stab: Theory for the Working Sociologist – How to Understand Contemporary Sociology. Can you do better? You probably can. Use the comments section. In a week or so, I’ll put up a poll with 4 or 5 of the best responses. Then, the winner of the poll will get a prize (even if the press opts for a different title):

All serious participants in the contest will have their names in the acknowledgements and the winner will be listed first.

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Written by fabiorojas

June 30, 2015 at 12:01 am

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  1. What Sociologists Do: [informative subtitle]

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    Bill Gates

    June 30, 2015 at 1:22 am

  2. what about “the sociologist’s guide for theory: how to understand contemporary sociology”

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    Luiz Antônio Gusmão

    June 30, 2015 at 2:40 am

  3. Contemporary Sociology: A Guide for the Perplexed

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    Jordan Colosi

    June 30, 2015 at 4:37 am

  4. Seeing the matrix: a beginner’s guide to contemporary sociology

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    Wisam

    June 30, 2015 at 7:29 am

  5. I would propose “explaining, debating, creating – this is contemporary sociology for everyone”.

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    KaiKierkegaard

    June 30, 2015 at 12:17 pm

  6. How Sociologists Explain – Understanding Contemporary Social Theory

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    palavrot

    June 30, 2015 at 2:28 pm

  7. A sociologist’s guide to the galaxy

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    Hugo Barine

    June 30, 2015 at 2:37 pm

  8. FabioBlast: Theory for Everyone

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    tina

    June 30, 2015 at 4:23 pm

  9. Uncommon Sense: A Normal Person’s Guide to Sociology

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    Chris Pieper

    June 30, 2015 at 7:53 pm

  10. Explaining Contemporary Society: A Brief Survey of Sociological Theory

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  11. Small World: Your Social Intuition Meets Social Theory

    (Where the running motif is two strangers meeting at a party and finding out they have so much in common. I’ve always thought the key for a popular book about sociology is to keep “sociology” out of the title. I’ll send you the address for my royalty check)

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    obviouswinner

    June 30, 2015 at 8:58 pm

  12. Explaining the world through social relationships

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    Michael Cummings

    June 30, 2015 at 11:02 pm

  13. What Has Sociological Theory Ever Done For Us?

    (You’d have to try to get a picture of Michael Palin for the cover, though.)

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    Chris M

    July 1, 2015 at 12:34 am

  14. Behind the Red Jargon: Sociology In Western Societies

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    Kelly Nielsen

    July 1, 2015 at 12:51 am

  15. “Tuesdays with Theory”

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    Bork

    July 1, 2015 at 3:22 am

  16. Frameworks: Different Lenses for Seeing the World

    (Then the cover could have a pair of glasses with clear images in the lenses with the surrounding part remaining blurry)

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    AO

    July 1, 2015 at 5:45 am

  17. Our Social Species: How the Scientists who Study Society Make Sense of the World

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    mike3550

    July 1, 2015 at 7:32 pm

  18. What Makes Society Tick: Theories for Anything and Everything. Cover can have an analogue clock, with name of theories instead of numbers.

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    KatherineChen

    July 2, 2015 at 4:56 pm

  19. Everybody has a Theory: A practical guide to social behavior and meaning

    (X-ray specs included)

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    Daniel Spitzberg

    July 3, 2015 at 4:00 pm

  20. How about “Sociology in Four E-Z Steps!”?

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    karissa

    July 4, 2015 at 6:20 am

  21. “What We Talk About When We Talk About Sociology”

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    Jay Livingston

    July 5, 2015 at 6:32 pm

  22. “Sociology Unpacked: Contemporary theories to understand the world we live in”

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    Guillermo

    July 7, 2015 at 10:32 am

  23. “Minding Sociology: [plus subtitle — e.g., “A Guidebook to Theory”

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    david ronfeldt

    July 11, 2015 at 7:04 pm

  24. […] Want to suggest a title? Put it in the comments. Winner: $20 cash (or free books from Fabio). […]

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