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Choice (Paperback): Richard Harper, Dave Randall, Wes Sharrock Choice (Paperback)
Richard Harper, Dave Randall, Wes Sharrock
R478 Discovery Miles 4 780 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

We make decisions every day. Yet we are sometimes perplexed by these decisions and the decisions of others. To complicate things further, we live in an age where there are more things to choose from than ever before the Internet is transforming our choices and making us more accountable for them: what we choose is recorded, modelled and used to predict our future behaviour. So are we in a position to make better choices today than we were a decade ago? Certainly there are some who believe so. Psychologists claim we are subject to hidden mental processes that lead us to one thing rather than another; economists offer predictions about what people will buy; and some philosophers claim that our choices echo our evolutionary past. Are these claims merited? Do they reflect the beginnings of a new science of choice? This book offers a critical overview of these and other claims, showing where they are justified and where they are exaggerated. It will be an essential reference for anyone interested in whether science can help us to understand both the ways people make choices in their everyday lives and how these may be changing.

Theory and Methods in Sociology - An Introduction to Sociological Thinking and Practice (Paperback): John Hughes, Wes Sharrock Theory and Methods in Sociology - An Introduction to Sociological Thinking and Practice (Paperback)
John Hughes, Wes Sharrock
R865 Discovery Miles 8 650 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This book offers a guide to sociology that explores its theoretical and methodological dimensions. Providing the student with a sense of the reasoned character of the discipline, it traces how different theories and methods relate to one another, exploring the particular problems they spawn and the debates that have arisen in response. The guide is written to be easy to use: individual chapters stand alone as well as fit into the overarching narrative; boxes in the text explain key concepts and feature particular methods, theories or key figures; and annotated further reading lists are provided throughout.

Studies of Work and the Workplace in HCI - Concepts and Techniques (Paperback): Graham Button, Wes Sharrock Studies of Work and the Workplace in HCI - Concepts and Techniques (Paperback)
Graham Button, Wes Sharrock
R666 Discovery Miles 6 660 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This book has two purposes. First, to introduce the study of work and the workplace as a method for informing the design of computer systems to be used at work. We primarily focus on the predominant way in which the organization of work has been approached within the field of human-computer interaction (HCI), which is from the perspective of ethnomethodology. We locate studies of work in HCI within its intellectual antecedents, and describe paradigmatic examples and case studies. Second, we hope to provide those who are intending to conduct the type of fieldwork that studies of work and the workplace draw off with suggestions as to how they can go about their own work of developing observations about the settings they encounter. These suggestions take the form of a set of maxims that we have found useful while conducting the studies we have been involved in. We draw from our own fieldwork notes in order to illustrate these maxims. In addition we also offer some homilies about how to make observations; again, these are ones we have found useful in our own work.

Table of Contents: Motivation / Overview: A Paradigmatic Case / Scientific Foundations / Detailed Description / Case Study / How to Conduct Ethnomethodological Studies of Work / Making Observations / Current Status

Choice (Hardcover): Richard Harper, Dave Randall, Wes Sharrock Choice (Hardcover)
Richard Harper, Dave Randall, Wes Sharrock
R1,397 R1,275 Discovery Miles 12 750 Save R122 (9%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

We make decisions every day. Yet we are sometimes perplexed by these decisions and the decisions of others. To complicate things further, we live in an age where there are more things to choose from than ever before the Internet is transforming our choices and making us more accountable for them: what we choose is recorded, modelled and used to predict our future behaviour. So are we in a position to make better choices today than we were a decade ago? Certainly there are some who believe so. Psychologists claim we are subject to hidden mental processes that lead us to one thing rather than another; economists offer predictions about what people will buy; and some philosophers claim that our choices echo our evolutionary past. Are these claims merited? Do they reflect the beginnings of a new science of choice? This book offers a critical overview of these and other claims, showing where they are justified and where they are exaggerated. It will be an essential reference for anyone interested in whether science can help us to understand both the ways people make choices in their everyday lives and how these may be changing.

There is No Such Thing as a Social Science - In Defence of Peter Winch (Hardcover, New edition): Phil Hutchinson, Rupert Read,... There is No Such Thing as a Social Science - In Defence of Peter Winch (Hardcover, New edition)
Phil Hutchinson, Rupert Read, Wes Sharrock
R4,056 Discovery Miles 40 560 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The death of Peter Winch in 1997 sparked a revived interest in his work with this book arguing his work suffered misrepresentation in both recent literature and in contemporary critiques of his writing. Debates in philosophy and sociology about foundational questions of social ontology and methodology often claim to have adequately incorporated and moved beyond Winch's concerns. Re-establishing a Winchian voice, the authors examine how such contentions involve a failure to understand central themes in Winch's writings and that the issues which occupied him in his Idea of a Social Science and its Relation to Philosophy and later papers remain central to social studies. The volume offers a careful reading of the text in alliance with Wittgensteinian insights and alongside a focus on the nature and results of social thought and inquiry. It draws parallels with other movements in the social studies, notably ethnomethodology, to demonstrate how Winch's central claim is both more significant and more difficult to transcend than sociologists and philosophers have hitherto imagined.

Theory and Methods in Sociology - An Introduction to Sociological Thinking and Practice (Hardcover): John Hughes, Wes Sharrock Theory and Methods in Sociology - An Introduction to Sociological Thinking and Practice (Hardcover)
John Hughes, Wes Sharrock
R2,407 R2,207 Discovery Miles 22 070 Save R200 (8%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This book offers a guide to sociology that explores its theoretical and methodological dimensions. Providing the student with a sense of the reasoned character of the discipline, it traces how different theories and methods relate to one another, exploring the particular problems they spawn and the debates that have arisen in response. The guide is written to be easy to use: individual chapters stand alone as well as fit into the overarching narrative; boxes in the text explain key concepts and feature particular methods, theories or key figures; and annotated further reading lists are provided throughout.

Kuhn - Philosopher of Scientific Revolutions (Hardcover): Wes Sharrock, Rupert Read Kuhn - Philosopher of Scientific Revolutions (Hardcover)
Wes Sharrock, Rupert Read
R1,395 R1,273 Discovery Miles 12 730 Save R122 (9%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Thomas Kuhn's shadow hangs over almost every field of intellectual inquiry. His book "The Structure of Scientific Revolutions" has become a modern classic. His influence on philosophy, social science, historiography, feminism, theology, and (of course) the natural sciences themselves is unparalleled. His epoch-making concepts of 'new paradigm' and 'scientific revolution' make him probably the most influential scholar of the twentieth century.

Sharrock and Read take the reader through Kuhn's work in a careful and accessible way, emphasizing Kuhn's detailed studies of the history of science, which often assist the understanding of his more abstract philosophical work. These historical studies provide vital insight into what Kuhn was actually trying to achieve in his "The Structure of Scientific Revolutions": an endeavour far less extreme than either his 'foes' or his 'fans' claim. In the book's second half, Sharrock and Read provide excellent explications, defences and, where appropriate, criticisms of Kuhn's central concept of 'incommensurability', and tackle head on the crucial issue of whether Kuhn's insights concerning the natural sciences can be extrapolated to other disciplines, such as the social sciences.

This is the first comprehensive introduction to the work of Kuhn and it will be of particular interest to students and scholars in philosophy, theory of science, management science and anthropology.

Computers, Minds and Conduct (Paperback): Graham Button, Jeff Coulter, John Lee, Wes Sharrock Computers, Minds and Conduct (Paperback)
Graham Button, Jeff Coulter, John Lee, Wes Sharrock
R482 Discovery Miles 4 820 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This book provides a sustained and penetrating critique of a wide range of views in modern cognitive science and philosophy of the mind, from Turing's famous test for intelligence in machines to recent work in computational linguistic theory.
While discussing many of the key arguments and topics, the authors also develop a distinctive analytic approach. Drawing on the methods of conceptual analysis first elaborated by Wittgenstein and Ryle, the authors seek to show that these methods still have a great deal to offer in the field of the cognitive theory and the philosophy of mind, providing a powerful alternative to many of the positions put forward in the contemporary literature.
Amoung the many issues discussed in the book are the following: the Cartesian roots of modern conceptions of mind; Searle's 'Chinese Room' thought experiment; Fodor's 'language of thought' hypothesis; the place of 'folk psychology' in cognitivist thought; and the question of whether any machine may be said to 'think' or 'understand' in the ordinary senses of these words.
Wide ranging, up-to-date and forcefully argued, this book represents a major intervention in contemporary debates about the status of cognitive science an the nature of mind. It will be of particular interest to students and scholars in philosophy, psychology, linguistics and computing sciences.

Understanding Classical Sociology - Marx, Weber, Durkheim (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition): John Hughes, Wes Sharrock, Peter J.... Understanding Classical Sociology - Marx, Weber, Durkheim (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition)
John Hughes, Wes Sharrock, Peter J. Martin
R957 Discovery Miles 9 570 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Praise for the First Edition:

`Totally reliable? the authors have produced a book urgently needed by all those charged with introducing students to the classics? quite indispensable' - Times Higher Education Supplement

This is a fully updated and expanded new edition of the successful undergraduate text. Providing a lucid examination of the pivotal theories of Marx, Durkheim and Weber, the authors submit that these figures have decisively shaped the discipline. They show how the classical apparatus is in use, even though it is being directed in new ways in response to the changing character of society.

Written with the needs of undergraduates in mind, the text is essential reading for students in sociology and social theory.


Kuhn - Philosopher of Scientific Revolutions (Paperback): Wes Sharrock, Rupert Read Kuhn - Philosopher of Scientific Revolutions (Paperback)
Wes Sharrock, Rupert Read
R638 Discovery Miles 6 380 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Thomas Kuhn's shadow hangs over almost every field of intellectual inquiry. His book The Structure of Scientific Revolutions has become a modern classic. His influence on philosophy, social science, historiography, feminism, theology, and (of course) the natural sciences themselves is unparalleled. His epoch-making concepts of lsquo; new paradigmrsquo; and lsquo; scientific revolutionrsquo; make him probably the most influential scholar of the twentieth century. Sharrock and Read take the reader through Kuhn's work in a careful and accessible way, emphasizing Kuhn's detailed studies of the history of science, which often assist the understanding of his more abstract philosophical work. These historical studies provide vital insight into what Kuhn was actually trying to achieve in his The Structure of Scientific Revolutions: an endeavour far less extreme than either his lsquo; foesrsquo; or his lsquo; fansrsquo; claim. In the book's second half, Sharrock and Read provide excellent explications, defences and, where appropriate, criticisms of Kuhn's central concept of lsquo; incommensurabilityrsquo; , and tackle head on the crucial issue of whether Kuhn's insights concerning the natural sciences can be extrapolated to other disciplines, such as the social sciences. This is the first comprehensive introduction to the work of Kuhn and it will be of particular interest to students and scholars in philosophy, theory of science, management science and anthropology.

Harold Garfinkel (Hardcover, 4th ed.): Michael Lynch, Wes Sharrock Harold Garfinkel (Hardcover, 4th ed.)
Michael Lynch, Wes Sharrock
R17,964 Discovery Miles 179 640 Out of stock

Born in 1917, Harold Garfinkel is one of a handful of sociologists to have founded a major sociological research programme, and he is perhaps the only one to have done so in the 20th century. Unlike many major theorists, whose individual contributions have become part of the sociological canon, Garfinkel's contribution is identified with a distinctive empirical approach that continues to be taken up in sociology and a number of other social science fields. He coined the term ethnomethodology - to describe a unique orientation to the production of social order. This term became established to describe the approach he founded. His book Studies in Ethnomethodology (1967) was a landmark publication that articulated the ethnomethodological programme and illustrated it with a number of studies. Much of Garfinkel's contribution is embodied in a research programme, consisting of studies written by his students who took up his research agenda.

The four volumes include an introduction by Lynch and Sharrock that discusses Garfinkel's intellectual biography and reviews his contribution. The 80 selections included in the set of volumes consist of basic position statements, critical discussions, methodological writings, discussions of the problem of social reality, comparisons between ethnomethodology and other perspectives, and studies exemplifying Garfinkel's influence at different phases of his long and distinguished career. The result is an unparalleled resource in understanding Garfinkel's achievement and the extraordinary wealth of his sociological ideas and methods.

The four volumes are organized in seven sections:

1. Position Statements

This section provides: a guide to the meaning of ethnomethodology; the ethnomethodological programme; the relationship between Garfinkel and classical sociology; an assessment of the significance of the ethnomethodological movement; and evaluations of the contribution of ethnomethodology.

2. Criticisms and Reactions

Garfinkel's work provides a number of challenges and opportunities for sociologists. Some have found it very liberating, others have questioned its durable contribution. Included here are criticisms and reactions from some of the leading figures in the discipline, notably Anthony Giddens, Ernest Gellner, Alvin Gouldner, John Goldthorpe, Louis Coser and J rgen Habermas.

3. Ethnomethodology and Other Perspectives

Ethnomethdology both drew on other established perspectives and revitalized them. The editors single out four perspectives here for special consideration: phenomenology; symbolic interactionism; conversation analysis; and constructionism.

4. Methods as Topics and Resources

This section explores: ordinary and scientific measurement as ethnomethodological phenomena; evidence and inference in ethnomethodology; and quantitative practice and ethnomethodology.

5. From the Problem of Reality to the Production of Reality

This section addresses: questions of objectivity and realism; the anatomy of factual accounts; the anatomy of reality; and reflexivity of actors and accounts.

6. Studies of Organizations and Institutions

One of the distinctive features of ethnomethodology is the productiveness of the approach as an instrument of research. This section conveys the wealth of ethnomethodological studies by focusing on investigations of practices in legal, medical, educational, and other organizations.

7. Studies of Work in the Professions and Sciences

The final group of studies exemplifies the influence of Garfinkel's programme in 'studies of work in the sciences and professions'. These studies focus on practices of scientific research, mathematical proving, and technological design. The studies develop upon Garfinkel's insights about the relationship between formal accounts and the 'lived-work' of producing accountable actions.

Sociological Evidence and Inference (Paperback): John Hughes, Wes Sharrock Sociological Evidence and Inference (Paperback)
John Hughes, Wes Sharrock
R604 Discovery Miles 6 040 Out of stock
Perspectives in Sociology - Classical and Contemporary (Paperback, 4th Ed): E.C. Cuff, Wes Sharrock, Dave Francis Perspectives in Sociology - Classical and Contemporary (Paperback, 4th Ed)
E.C. Cuff, Wes Sharrock, Dave Francis
R710 R645 Discovery Miles 6 450 Save R65 (9%) Out of stock


Perspectives in Sociology provides students with a lively and critical introduction to sociology and to the ways in which sociologists are trained to think and work. The subject is presented as a sequence of different perspectives on the social world, all of them interrelated, sometimes in conflict with one another, and all contributing important and necessary insights. The discussion is backed up by extensive reference to empirical studies.
This edition has been considerably revised. A chapter on critical theory has been added in order to reflect the extensive work and thinking that Marx's basic work continues to stimulate. The chapter on research strategies now takes account of new developments in the philosophy of science that are relevant for sociological approaches. Throughout the authors have rewritten extensively in their continuing desire to produce clarity, and to respond to the comments of students and teachers.

Handbook of Research on Computational Science and Engineering - Theory and Practice (Hardcover, Two Volumes): Joanna Leng, Wes... Handbook of Research on Computational Science and Engineering - Theory and Practice (Hardcover, Two Volumes)
Joanna Leng, Wes Sharrock
R9,617 R8,487 Discovery Miles 84 870 Save R1,130 (12%) Out of stock

By using computer simulations in research and development, computational science and engineering (CSE) allows empirical inquiry where traditional experimentation and methods of inquiry are difficult, inefficient, or prohibitively expensive. The Handbook of Research on Computational Science and Engineering: Theory and Practice is a reference for interested researchers and decision-makers who want a timely introduction to the possibilities in CSE to advance their ongoing research and applications or to discover new resources and cutting edge developments. Rather than reporting results obtained using CSE models, this comprehensive survey captures the architecture of the cross-disciplinary field, explores the long term implications of technology choices, alerts readers to the hurdles facing CSE, and identifies trends in future development.

Ethnomethodology (Hardcover, Four-Volume Set ed.): Michael Lynch, Wes Sharrock Ethnomethodology (Hardcover, Four-Volume Set ed.)
Michael Lynch, Wes Sharrock
R17,978 Discovery Miles 179 780 Out of stock

Ethnomethodology is an approach to sociological research founded in the 1960s by Harold Garfinkel and developed by Harvey Sacks and many others. Early initiatives challenged the more abstract types of social theory, and developed distinctive methodological initiatives for a sustained programme of empirical research on social and communicative actions. This four-volume set includes selections that discuss and exemplify how ethnomethodologists use observations, analyses, and interventions to gain insight into larger questions of social order and the organization of practical. Section One: Background on Social Scientific and Everyday Methods Section Two: Ethnomethodology and the Practical Resolution of Methodological Problems Section Three: Indexical Expressions - Topic, Resource or Nuisance? Section Four: Objectification in Discourse Section Five: Language, Categories and Membership Section Six: Studies of Work Section Seven: Action as Algorithm - Computer Supported Cooperative Work Section Eight: Ethnomethodology and Social Institutions Section Nine: Language, Interaction, Embodied Conduct

Understanding Modern Sociology (Hardcover): Wes Sharrock, John Hughes, Alan Pratt Understanding Modern Sociology (Hardcover)
Wes Sharrock, John Hughes, Alan Pratt
R2,636 Discovery Miles 26 360 Out of stock

From the team that brought you the bestselling Understanding Classical Sociology (SAGE Publications, 1995), we now have a companion volume dealing with the modern period of social theory. An introductory chapter situates the reader in the main changes in society and sociology following the classic period. This is then followed by separate chapters giving a detailed account of four perspectives that are regarded to be of seminal importance - Functionalism, Critical Theory, Structuralism and Symbolic Interactionism. All of the popular features of Understanding Classical Sociology are reproduced in this book:

Clarity of exposition and criticism

A passion for the importance and relevance of sociological reasoning and explanation

A commitment to treat social theory as a living tradition of thought

In addition, the volume comes with a variety of pedagogic aids including summary points and key definitions to facilitate learning and study.

This is a book that enhances the sociological imagination. It draws on the authors deep understanding and experience of teaching the subject over many decades. It will be welcomed by lecturers as a vital new teaching and research aid, and students will be stimulated and enriched by the unfussy and reliable advice on doing sociology that it imparts.

Understanding Modern Sociology (Paperback): Wes Sharrock, John Hughes, Alan Pratt Understanding Modern Sociology (Paperback)
Wes Sharrock, John Hughes, Alan Pratt
R966 Discovery Miles 9 660 Out of stock

From the team that brought you the bestselling Understanding Classical Sociology (SAGE Publications, 1995), we now have a companion volume dealing with the modern period of social theory. An introductory chapter situates the reader in the main changes in society and sociology following the classic period. This is then followed by separate chapters giving a detailed account of four perspectives that are regarded to be of seminal importance - Functionalism, Critical Theory, Structuralism and Symbolic Interactionism. All of the popular features of Understanding Classical Sociology are reproduced in this book:

Clarity of exposition and criticism

A passion for the importance and relevance of sociological reasoning and explanation

A commitment to treat social theory as a living tradition of thought

In addition, the volume comes with a variety of pedagogic aids including summary points and key definitions to facilitate learning and study.

This is a book that enhances the sociological imagination. It draws on the authors deep understanding and experience of teaching the subject over many decades. It will be welcomed by lecturers as a vital new teaching and research aid, and students will be stimulated and enriched by the unfussy and reliable advice on doing sociology that it imparts.

Understanding Classical Sociology - Marx, Weber, Durkheim (Hardcover, 2nd Revised edition): John Hughes, Wes Sharrock, Peter J.... Understanding Classical Sociology - Marx, Weber, Durkheim (Hardcover, 2nd Revised edition)
John Hughes, Wes Sharrock, Peter J. Martin
R2,687 Discovery Miles 26 870 Out of stock

Praise for the First Edition:

`Totally reliable? the authors have produced a book urgently needed by all those charged with introducing students to the classics? quite indispensable' - Times Higher Education Supplement

This is a fully updated and expanded new edition of the successful undergraduate text. Providing a lucid examination of the pivotal theories of Marx, Durkheim and Weber, the authors submit that these figures have decisively shaped the discipline. They show how the classical apparatus is in use, even though it is being directed in new ways in response to the changing character of society.

Written with the needs of undergraduates in mind, the text is essential reading for students in sociology and social theory.


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