Equisse D'une Théorie de la Pratique

Author: Pierre Bourdieu

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521291644

Category: Social Science

Page: 248

View: 3177

Through Pierre Bourdieu's work in Kabylia (Algeria), he develops a theory on symbolic power.
Posted in Social Science

Practice Theory and Research

Exploring the dynamics of social life

Author: Gert Spaargaren,Don Weenink,Machiel Lamers

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 131732644X

Category: Social Science

Page: 262

View: 1790

There has been an upsurge in scholarship concerned with theories of social practices in various fields including sociology, geography and management studies. This book provides a systematic introduction and overview of recent formulations of practice theory organised around three important themes: the importance of analysing the role of the non-human alongside the human; the reflexive nature of social science research; and the dynamics of social change. Combining a rich variety of detailed empirical research examples with discussion of the relevance of practice theories for policy and social change, this book represents an excellent sourcebook for all academic and professional researchers interested in working with practice theory.
Posted in Social Science

Sociological Practice

Linking Theory and Social Research

Author: Derek Layder

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 144623682X

Category: Social Science

Page: 208

View: 7343

In this textbook, Derek Layder offers a better understanding of the links between theory and research, and provides an analysis of the relationship between the two. He develops clear usable strategies to encourage theory development in the practical context of social research, and introduces a new approach - adaptive theory - which can be used to generate new theory as well as develop existing theory in conjunction with empirical research. Layder concludes by providing an outline of new rules of sociological method that show how adaptive theory can be put into practice.
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Logics of History

Social Theory and Social Transformation

Author: William H. Sewell Jr.

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226749198

Category: Social Science

Page: 376

View: 5993

While social scientists and historians have been exchanging ideas for a long time, they have never developed a proper dialogue about social theory. William H. Sewell Jr. observes that on questions of theory the communication has been mostly one way: from social science to history. Logics of History argues that both history and the social sciences have something crucial to offer each other. While historians do not think of themselves as theorists, they know something social scientists do not: how to think about the temporalities of social life. On the other hand, while social scientists’ treatments of temporality are usually clumsy, their theoretical sophistication and penchant for structural accounts of social life could offer much to historians. Renowned for his work at the crossroads of history, sociology, political science, and anthropology, Sewell argues that only by combining a more sophisticated understanding of historical time with a concern for larger theoretical questions can a satisfying social theory emerge. In Logics of History, he reveals the shape such an engagement could take, some of the topics it could illuminate, and how it might affect both sides of the disciplinary divide.
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Media, Society, World

Social Theory and Digital Media Practice

Author: Nick Couldry

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 0745680763

Category: Social Science

Page: 242

View: 2888

Media are fundamental to our sense of living in a social world. Since the beginning of modernity, media have transformed the scale on which we act as social beings. And now in the era of digital media, media themselves are being transformed as platforms, content, and producers multiply. Yet the implications of social theory for understanding media and of media for rethinking social theory have been neglected; never before has it been more important to understand those implications. This book takes on this challenge. Drawing on Couldry's fifteen years of work on media and social theory, this book explores how questions of power and ritual, capital and social order, and the conduct of political struggle, professional competition, and everyday life, are all transformed by today's complex combinations of traditional and 'new' media. In the concluding chapters Couldry develops a framework for global comparative research into media and for thinking collectively about the ethics and justice of our lives with media. The result is a book that is both a major intervention in the field and required reading for all students of media and sociology.
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Social research

issues, methods and process

Author: Tim May

Publisher: Open University Pres

ISBN: N.A

Category: Social Science

Page: 227

View: 2745

This revised and expanded edition of a best-selling text incorporates the latest developments in social research. The aim of the book remains the same: to bridge the gap between theory and methods in social research, each of which is essential to understanding the dynamics of social relations. Additions to each chapter do further justice to ideas on the research process in general and aspects of its practice in particular. Chapter summaries, questions for reflection and signposts to further reading are incorporated into a textbook format.
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Drama and Social Justice

Theory, research and practice in international contexts

Author: Kelly Freebody,Michael Finneran

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317628772

Category: Drama

Page: 192

View: 4206

"This text offers a cohesive framework for exploring social justice through drama and drama from a social justice perspective. Research based examples of practice from a range of international contexts link theory and practice. Connecting chapters raise key critical questions in an engaging dialogue format. An important addition to the literature on social justice education." - Lee Anne Bell, author Storytelling for Social Justice (2010) and co-editor of Teaching for Diversity and Social Justice (Routledge, 2007) Much has been written within the tradition of drama education and applied theatre around the premise that drama can be a force for change within both individual lives and society more broadly. However, little has been published in terms of charting the nature of this relationship. By combining theoretical, historical and practical perspectives, this book unpacks and explores drama’s intrinsically entwined relationship with society more comprehensively and critically. Chapters gather together and develop a range of theoretical understandings of social justice in applied drama in the first part of the book, which are then used to frame and inform more focused discussions of drama research and practice in the second. Contributors move beyond practical understandings of drama for empowerment or development in order to engage with the philosophy of praxis – the interconnected and symbiotic nature of theory derived from practice, and practice derived from theory. Including concrete examples from current research and practice in the field, the book opens up a conversation on and counter-narrative to perceptions of the nature and impact of applied theatre and drama education on social justice. Drama and Social Justice will be key reading for postgraduate students, academics, researchers and field-based practitioners in the areas of applied drama and theatre, education and youth work, and social justice and the social sciences.
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Using Social Theory

Thinking Through Research

Author: Michael Pryke,Gillian Rose,Sarah Whatmore

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 9780761943778

Category: Social Science

Page: 196

View: 3780

The chapters in this innovative guide share a common belief that thinking alongside ideas is an integral part of the research process. This book encourages the researcher to think through three key moments of the research process: the production of a research question; fieldwork; and analysis and writing.
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Doing Sociology

Case Studies in Sociological Practice

Author: Jammie Price,Roger Straus,Jeff Breese

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 0739139789

Category: Social Science

Page: 206

View: 4294

This successor to the well-known Using Sociology covers standard topics found in any sociology textbook. Doing Sociology walks lay readers through the steps of doing real-life sociological practices as conducted by experts in the field. The contributors to this volume range from university and college faculty, government sociologists, and practitioners from the private sector. Each of the chapters is by intention and design a personal statement, a case study illustrating how the authors practice sociology in their own words and style, giving readers a clearer understanding of what sociologists do outside of teaching in universities. And most importantly, an understanding of what they could do with sociology. Readable, relevant, and accessible, Doing Sociology is an invaluable resource as a stand-alone course reader or as a supplement to a traditional textbook.
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Theory and Practice in Sociology

Author: Ian Marsh

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317904850

Category: Social Science

Page: 336

View: 1166

Theory and Practise in Sociology provide's students with a comprehensive, clear and accessible introduction to the main methods of research and the main theoretical approaches in sociology, and help's them examine the relationship between methods and theory.
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Education Governance and Social Theory

Interdisciplinary Approaches to Research

Author: Andrew Wilkins,Antonio Olmedo

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 135004007X

Category: Education

Page: 256

View: 3805

The study of 'education governance' is a significant area of research in the twenty-first century concerned with the changing organisation of education systems, relations and processes against the background of wider political and economic developments occurring nationally and globally. In Education Governance and Social Theory these important issues are critically examined through a range of innovative theoretical perspectives and methodological approaches to assist in guiding those interested in better understanding and engaging with education governance as an object of critical inquiry and a tool or method of research. With contributions from an international line-up of academics, the book judiciously combines theory and methodologies with case study material taken from diverse geo-political settings to help frame and enrich our understanding of education governance. This is a theoretically and empirically rich resource for those who wish to research education governance and its multifarious operations, conditions and effects, but are not sure how to do so. It will therefore appeal to readers who have a strong interest in the practical application of social theory to making sense of the complex changes underway in education across the globe.
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The Foundations of Social Research

Meaning and Perspective in the Research Process

Author: Michael Crotty

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 1446283135

Category: Social Science

Page: 256

View: 6112

Choosing a research method can be bewildering. How can you be sure which methodology is appropriate, or whether your chosen combination of methods is consistent with the theoretical perspective you want to take? This book links methodology and theory with great clarity and precision, showing students and researchers how to navigate the maze of conflicting terminology. The major epistemological stances and theoretical perspectives that colour and shape current social research are detailed and the author reveals the philosophical origins of these schools of inquiry and shows how various disciplines contribute to the practice of social research as it is known today.
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Grounded Theory in Management Research

Author: Karen Locke

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 9780761964285

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 148

View: 2393

This book describes the grounded theory approach for organization and management researchers needing to fully understand the possibilities and challenges of this method. It brings together the broadly dispersed discussions of grounded theory's logic and practices, restoring the grounded theory style of qualitative research for students and teachers of organization and management. This book is particularly useful for graduate students involved in quantitative studies of organizational and managerial life, and for academics teaching research methods courses in management and organization studies.
Posted in Business & Economics

Theory and Practice in Human Services

Author: Thompson,Neil Thompson

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education (UK)

ISBN: 0335232981

Category: Education

Page: 168

View: 5468

Theory and Practice in Human Services argues a case for making theory relevant to practice and ensuring that practice is informed by theory in an open, non-dogmatic way. the book is critical of approaches to theory which create a mystique and barriers to understanding. Equally, approaches to practice which neglect the underpinning knowledge base and values are presented as fundamentally flawed and dangerous.
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Conflict Resolution

Theory, Research, and Practice

Author: James A. Schellenberg

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 9780791431016

Category: Philosophy

Page: 260

View: 1685

Broadly defining "conflict resolution", James A. Schellenberg gives systematic coverage to five main ways people may try to resolve their conflicts: coercion, negotiation, adjudication, mediation, and arbitration. The main theories of conflict, both classic and contemporary, are reviewed under four main categories: individual characteristics theories, social process theories, social structural theories, and formal theories.
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The Dynamics of Social Practice

Everyday Life and how it Changes

Author: Elizabeth Shove,Mika Pantzar,Matt Watson

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 1446290034

Category: Social Science

Page: 208

View: 2758

Everyday life is defined and characterised by the rise, transformation and fall of social practices. Using terminology that is both accessible and sophisticated, this essential book guides the reader through a multi-level analysis of this dynamic. In working through core propositions about social practices and how they change the book is clear and accessible; real world examples, including the history of car driving, the emergence of frozen food, and the fate of hula hooping, bring abstract concepts to life and firmly ground them in empirical case-studies and new research. Demonstrating the relevance of social theory for public policy problems, the authors show that the everyday is the basis of social transformation addressing questions such as: how do practices emerge, exist and die? what are the elements from which practices are made? how do practices recruit practitioners? how are elements, practices and the links between them generated, renewed and reproduced? Precise, relevant and persuasive this book will inspire students and researchers from across the social sciences. Elizabeth Shove is Professor of Sociology at Lancaster University. Mika Pantzar is Research Professor at the National Consumer Research Centre, Helsinki. Matt Watson is Lecturer in Social and Cultural Geography at University of Sheffield.
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Constructing Social Research

The Unity and Diversity of Method

Author: Charles C. Ragin,Lisa M. Amoroso

Publisher: SAGE Publications

ISBN: 1544322437

Category: Social Science

Page: 232

View: 4420

Constructing Social Research answers the question: What is social science? Updated throughout with new references and examples, the Third Edition of this innovative text by Charles C. Ragin and Lisa M. Amoroso shows the unity within the diversity of activities called social research to help students understand how all social researchers construct representations of social life using theories, systematic data collection, and careful examination of that data.
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Social Work Theory and Methods

The Essentials

Author: Neil Thompson,Paul Stepney

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1351809008

Category: Social Science

Page: 252

View: 6931

This gateway text lays the foundations for a thorough knowledge of the theory and methods that social workers need. Pulling together the work of a team of experts, this book uses the innovative “theorizing practice” approach, rather than the traditional “applying theory to practice” approach, thereby providing a much more satisfactory basis for understanding the relationship between theory and practice and making it easier for practitioners to employ theory in practice. Part I sets the scene by examining the relationship between theory and practice, how research can be used to inform practice and the important role of policy and organizational factors. Part II provides 14 chapters, each exploring a different theoretical approach. All in all, this book provides the ideal introduction to using social work theory and methods in practice.
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Translation and Social Media

In Theory, in Training and in Professional Practice

Author: Renée Desjardins

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137522550

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 145

View: 4715

Offering a discussion of translation and social media through three themes, theory, training and professional practice, this book builds on emerging research in Translation Studies, including references citing recent translation and social media industry data. Topics include the translation of hashtags and the relevance of indexing, among others.
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