Making Sense of Society

Power and Possibility

By Alex Khasnabish  

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Grounded in the sister disciplines of sociology and anthropology, this textbook is an accessible and critical introduction to contemporary social research. Alex Khasnabish eschews the common disciplinary silos in favour of an integrated approach to understanding and practising critical social research. Situated in the North American context, the text draws on cross-cultural examples to give readers a clear sense of the diversity in human social relations. It is organized thematically in a way that introduces readers to the core areas of social research and social organization and takes an unapologetically radical approach in identifying the relations of oppression and exploitation that give rise to what most corporate textbooks euphemistically identify as “social problems.” Focusing on key dynamics and processes at the heart of so many contemporary issues and public conversations, this text highlights the ways in which critical social research can contribute to exploring, understanding and forging alternatives to an increasingly bankrupt, violent, unstable and unjust status quo.

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Contents

  • Becoming Human (co-authored with Anthony Davis)
  • Doing Social Research
  • Making Society
  • Who Are “We”? Identity and Intersections
  • Living Together: Family, Kinship, and Social Bonds
  • Making Meaning, Making Sense: Communication and Belief
  • Making a Living: Economies and Ecologies
  • Power and Order: Inequality, Injustice, and Paths Beyond

Authors

  • Alex Khasnabish

    Professor, Mount Saint Vincent University

    Alex Khasnabish is a writer, researcher and teacher committed to collective liberation living in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, on unceded and unsurrendered Mi’kmaw territory. He is a professor in sociology and anthropology at Mount Saint Vincent University. His research focuses on radical imagination, radical politics, social justice and social movements.

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