the only reason anyone should ever buy my theory book

People write books for lots of reasons. Fame. Money. Popularity. Well, writing social theory books doesn’t get you fame, money or popularity. Instead, I wrote Theory for the Working Sociologist with one goal in mind: I want the *average* sociologist to understand how important theory is to their everyday research practice.

Please take note of what I did not say. I said nothing about history of social thought. Sure, that’s important, but lot’s of other books will walk you from Marx to Weber. I also did not say “impress other social theory specialists.” That’s important, too. There are folks who will feel enlightened after reading 300 pages of Luhmann to properly appreciate autopoeisis. I got no beef with them.

But what I have an issue with is the average sociologist who thinks that theory is just not relevant to what they do. I am really concerned with the average demographer, or survey sociologist, or education specialist who came away with the wrong message about social theory. The message they got from graduate school was that theory is hard to understand, historical in nature, and can only be absorbed by reading 800 page books.*

That’s why I wrote a short book that is chock full of cool examples from empirical research. If you really want to learn theory as a living and breathing thing, check out the book. Sure, I’ll review Bourdieu, but then I’ll give you a dose of Larueau and Bonilla-Silva. Intersectionality theory? You got it! I’ll go over the basic idea and then get into scholarship that applies it to health and social movements. And the whole book is like that! Cool theory + cool examples. And the book is short and (relatively) jargon free.

So give it a shot. If you want a simple and direct overview of modern sociology, pick up the book and give it a read. I think you’ll like it

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* Looking at you, Sloterdijk.

Written by fabiorojas

March 21, 2018 at 4:47 am

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  1. Why do American sociologists make fun of Luhmann – but then praise Bourdieu even though his work contains almost as much impenetrable drivel?


    Talcott Parsons

    March 21, 2018 at 12:43 pm

  2. Dear Talcott (if I may), the reason is that once you peel back all the wordiness, Bourdieu has a number of fairly intuitive concepts that are easily applied in research. Luhmann is way longer, denser, and harder. But don’t worry – I included a short section on Luhmann! Buy the book and read it yourself!



    March 21, 2018 at 1:10 pm

  3. I rather avoid both …


    Talcott Parsons

    March 29, 2018 at 2:15 am

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