Friday, 31 January 2014

Punk Sociology and David Beer


Last week Dave Beer's new book Punk Sociology was published by Palgrave Macmillan. This is the description of the book:

This book explores the possibility of drawing upon a punk ethos to inspire sociology and to cultivate a vibrant future for the discipline. Aiming to fire the sociological imaginations of sociologists at any stage of their careers, from new students to established professors, it uses punk to think creatively about what sociology is and how it might be conducted. Following a succinct outline of the disciplinary and social challenges that sociology faces today, the book then applies the punk ethos to sociological knowledge, communication and terrain. The concept of punk sociology is developed through a series of riffs, each of which directly applies key features of the punk ethos to sociology.

Punk Sociology encourages sociologists to avoid the temptation to play it safe. Instead it calls for us to be bold, open, inventive, and to produce raw, stripped back and fearless work that adheres to a do-it-yourself ethic.

And here is the endorsement from the back-cover:

“Punk Sociology counts off a passionate and thoughtful call to re-animate the sociological imagination. Dave Beer’s book inspires, provokes and entertains – nevermind the bollocks here is sociology’s future.” Les Back, Professor of Sociology, Goldsmiths, University of London, UK

The book is now available as an ebook, Kindle and Hardback. You can also read the first chapter for free here http://thinkingculture.wordpress.com/2013/12/11/punk-sociology-chapter-1-is-now-open-access/

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