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Welcome to Social Theory

Welcome to Social Theory

  • Tom Brock - Manchester Metropolitan University, UK
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March 2023 | 256 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Welcome to Social Theory is exactly what students want: a lucid and engaging introduction to social theory that carefully uses images, examples and quotations to illustrate new ways of examining contemporary social life. Tom Brock’s comprehensive and accessible style produces an indispensable guide to social theory that examines the major theoretical traditions from Marxism through to poststructuralism, and from feminism through to postcolonial theory, new materialism and posthumanism. Welcome to Social Theory gives careful appraisal of classical ideas and debates in social theory and traces their impact through discussion of major contemporary theorists – including Michel Foucault, Pierre Bourdieu, Anthony Giddens, Margaret Archer, Judith Butler, bell hooks, Kimberlé Crenshaw, Edward Said, Homi Bhabha, Gayatri Spivak, Bruno Latour, Gilles Deleuze and Rosi Braidotti.

Social theory matters and this book shows why through relevant and compelling examples, including the gig economy, everyday sexism, digital black feminism, animal and environmental activism, stigma and discrimination against migrants, the need to decolonise the sociology curriculum and many more. 

Welcome to Social theory is an indispensable text for undergraduate students who are new to social theory. 

Dr. Tom Brock is a Senior Lecturer of Sociology at Manchester Metropolitan University. 
Marx and Marxism
Nietzsche, Freud And Weber
Durkheim And Functionalism
Phenomenology And Symbolic Interactions
Language, Discourse And Postmodernity
Structure, Agency And Reflexivity
Feminism And Intersectionality
Postcolonial Theory
New Materialism And Posthumanism


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Elegantly written, ambitious in scope and meticulously clear in its exposition, Brock’s Welcome to Social Theory provides an engaging introduction to key currents in social thought that will prove indispensable to both newcomers and more established readers in this field.

Jason Hughes
Professor of Sociology, University of Leicester

The author has extensive experience teaching sociological theory to students new to the field.

Matthew David

This book does what more social theory books should do: it combines a clear and unfussy prose style with carefully selected graphic representations and images of key concepts and ideas. As such, it enables complex ideas to be made clear in ways that words alone often fail to do. I enjoyed very much reading about and ‘looking’ at the conceptual ideas this book sets forth’ 

Christopher Thorpe

The book presents a very good overview of key ideas of social theorists covered in the module I teach. Applies the concepts clearly to current issues to help students understand their relevance and immediacy. It goes into more detail on more theorists than I need students to be aware of - hence the 'reading list' adoption status.

Dr Paul Reid
School of Community Health and Midwifery, University of Central Lancashire
March 5, 2024

Important book for the study of sociological theories. Current and well-founded

Professor carlos silva gonçalves
Sociology, Universidade do Porto- Faculdade de Engenharia
January 19, 2024

This is a great introduction to a range of social theory applicable to graphic design students applying theory to their practice. It is especially useful for introductions to intersectionality and post-colonial theory.

Mr Simon Jones
Graphic Design, Leeds College of Art
July 13, 2023

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