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p. 564. The Modern Worldlocked

  • Steve Bruce

Abstract

Sociology is a symptom of the thing it describes. ‘The Modern World’ charts the origins of sociology and beliefs about the issues that sociology studies, along the way defining terms such as modern, modernity, social order, social mobility, conflict, and postmodern. What do sociologists see as distinctive about the social formations that they are concerned with? The key sociological proposition that much of our world is inadvertent and unintended is important, not just for understanding why things are as they are. It has serious policy implications, because if we misunderstand the causes of what concerns us, we misdirect our efforts to change it.

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