Resources: BOOK: Back For the Future! Sociological Theory and Today’s Big Issues

Jim Simpson

Jim Simpson

Jim is a consultant, researcher, coach and developer.

What would the great founders of social theory have to say about happiness statistics, modern capitalism, sexual identity, generation rent or pop music? and what were their ideas about? 

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This fun, new book is now available at Lulu bookshop in paperback. Available too in Amazon.

“Back for the Future…” introduces the concept of sociological investigation and describes the theoretical approaches of Emile Durkheim, Karl Marx and Max Weber in the context of their times and through our big social issues today.  It discusses topics such as: where the dominant ideas of capitalism and management came from; happiness research; the internet and ‘glocalisation’; sexual freedom and gender; cognitive biases and social psychology; and the sociology of music.  You even get a fine art sample, a fun puzzle and a great You Tube link to illustrate the ideas.

Independent reviews and reader testing rated Back for the Future…  as an excellent introductory reader, a teaching and learning aid and a learning text that cuts across the boundaries of social theory, economics, economic history, politics and several other disciplines.

“…an original project and it is certainly very well written” Catharine Gray, Senior Editor, Sociology, Routledge.

“…a very useful sociological book that summarises theoretical ideas and then applies these to contemporary issues in society” Patrick Robinson in The Sociology Teacher magazine.

“It really stretched my perspectives on how deeply social theory ideas relate to our modern day issues and it helped me quickly get into classical theory too”  Jeremy Gale, Mature Student.

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