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Forest And The Trees: Sociology as Life,…

Forest And The Trees: Sociology as Life, Practice and Promise

by Allan G. Johnson

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A fascinating introduction to sociology. While I can't say that I agree with every conclusion the author came too, I can say that the book has many moments that will make you stop and think about things from a perspective you've never considered. Ultimately, that's the point of the book - to open the readers mind to thinking about daily interactions in a new light based on the belief that every thought and every action is fundamentally related. Recommended. ( )
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If sociology could teach everyone just one thing, what would it be? What insight about the nature of social life could serve as a gateway to questions that point toward everything we want to know? What could we use as a starting point, a core view of reality on which sociological practice of all kinds is based, consciously or not? "The Forest and the Trees" is one sociologist's response to the hypothetical core insight with the greatest potential to change how people see the world and themselves in it. It is about what that insight is and why it matters that we understand it, use it, and pass it on. It is about the future of a discipline whose influence and credibility will stand or fall on the ability to foster a clear and widespread understanding of what it means to think sociologically. "The Forest and the Trees" is an account of how sociological practice finds its way into almost every aspect of life, from headlines in the morning paper to the experience of growing older to the ravages of social oppression. It is about things small and things large, things simple and things more complex than we can imagine. "The Forest and the Trees" flows from the tradition of Peter Berger's "Invitation to Sociology" and C. Wright Mills' "Sociological Imagination". It will engage students and teachers alike with a rare and powerful combination of a scholar's feel for the discipline, and a gifted writer's voice that moves and inspires with the immediacy of lived experience, a clear and accessible articulation of the tools of the trade, and a passionate commitment to the promise of sociology to revolutionize how people think about social life and participate in it. Author note: Allan G. Johnson is a sociologist, writer, and trainer/consultant. He teaches at Hartford College for Women and works in major corporations and universities on issues of gender and diversity. He is author of several books including "Human Arrangements: An Introduction to Sociology", "The Blackwell Dictionary of Sociology: A User's Guide to Sociological Language", and "The Gender Knot: Unraveling Our Patriarchal Legacy" (Temple).

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