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Sociology and the New Materialism

Sociology and the New Materialism
Theory, Research, Action

First Edition

October 2016 | 240 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

The first book of its kind, Sociology and the New Materialism explores the many and varied applications of “new materialism,” a key emerging trend in 21st century thought, to the practice of doing sociology.

Offering a clear exposition of new materialist theory and using sociological examples throughout to enable the reader to develop a materialist sociological understanding, the book:

  • Outlines the fundamental precepts of new materialism
  • Explores how materialism provides new perspectives on the range of sociological topic areas
  • Explains how materialist approaches can be used to research sociological issues and also to engage with social issues.

Sociology and the New Materialism is a clear and authoritative one-stop guide for advanced undergraduates and postgraduates in sociology, cultural studies, social policy and related disciplines.  

PART ONE: New Materialism and the Sociological Imagination
Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Foundations – new materialism and the sociological imagination
Chapter 3: Environment – humans, posthumans and ecological sociology
Chapter 4: Society – beyond systems, structures and stratification
PART TWO: Applying New Materialism Sociologically
Chapter 5: Creativity – imagination, social production, social change
Chapter 6: Sexuality – desire, intensification, becoming
Chapter 7: Emotions – embodiment, continuity and change
Chapter 8: Health – beyond the body-with-organs
PART THREE: Research, Policy and Activism
Chapter 9: Research – designs, methods and the research assemblage
Chapter 10: Change – action, policy, social transformation

Very good book. Skilful dissemination of a complicated subject area.

Professor Jens Christian Nielsen
Danish School of Education, Aarhus University
May 13, 2016

This books gives a differentiated overview of the current thematic orientations of approaches in new materialism. Hence offering a thorough overview of new materialist theory and sociological research examples. It is a valuable book for those who are interested in new materialist approaches for studying societal processes.

Mrs Vanessa Weber
Sociology , University of Hamburg
October 24, 2016

Nick J. Fox

Nick J. Fox holds an honorary chair in sociology at the University of Sheffield. He has researched and written widely on materialist social theory as applied to health, embodiment, sexuality, creativity, and emotions. His most recent book (with Pam Alldred) is Sociology and the New Materialism (SAGE, 2017). More About Author

Pam Alldred

Pam Alldred is Reader in Education and Youth Studies in the Social Work Division at Brunel University London, UK. She researches sexualities, parenting, and sex education and has written about discourse analytic, ethnographic and new materialist approaches to research, as well as the political and ethical dilemmas raised by participatory research and representational claims. Pam has led two large international projects on gender-related violence and then on sexual violence with European Union cofunding. She recently published Sociology and the New Materialism (with Nick J. Fox, SAGE, 2016) and coedits the Handbook of Youth Work Practice ... More About Author

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