Exploring the Roots of Social Theory and Inquiry
This hybrid text analyzes well-known social studies addressing contemporary issues of interest to students. It instructs through examples that demonstrate how social scientists use concepts, data, and methods as raw materials to construct images of social reality in order to address specific problems. Through these examples readers learn to evaluate the soundness of theorizing, assess the coherence of concepts, weigh the merits of methodological approaches, and consider how data is employed to address social and intellectual problems.
Study questions and assignments in each chapter show students how to do their theorizing on topics and problems of interest to them. The first undergraduate text of its kind to focus on the actual work of theorizing, rather than simply surveying already established theories, Exploring the Roots of Social Theory and Inquiry is an engaging text for undergraduate social theory and social problems courses.
I think Professor Kennedy's book will be particularly helpful to the host of students who are required to study social theory in vocationally-oriented courses (in social work, community work or social psychology) who often have difficulty seeing the practical 'point' or 'relevance' of theoretical ideas. I strongly recommend Exploring the Roots of Social Theory to such students and their teachers, but also to everyone and anyone who has found the traditional 'Great Thinkers' approach to social theory to be pedagogically stultifying.”
Gavin Kitching, Emeritus Professor, School of Social Sciences, University of New South Wales
“Devereaux Kennedy does a fantastic and thorough job of presenting construction of theoretical perspectives. The theorizing process is complex, but the author allows the reader to understand its sophistication in simplistic and relevant terms.”
Dr. Kim MacInnis, Professor of Sociology, Bridgewater State University
“Kennedy enables students to understand and evaluate the connection between the world of academic social science and the work of public intellectuals. Equally important, he give students the tools they need to engage in their own theoretical enterprises.”
Dr. Robert Cadigan, Associate Professor Emeritus of Applied Social Sciences, Boston University
“Application of theory is an underdeveloped area in the curriculum of teaching social theory. This text provides a solid source that introduces students to this all-important skill.”
Dr. Erin Robinson, Professor of Sociology, Canisius College
“Kennedy's is an accessible and rich text for social theory, drawing on some of the best contemporary research to illustrate theory construction.”
Dr. Michael Plekon, Professor of Sociology, Baruch College, CUNY