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Connecting Self to Society: Belonging in a Changing World


Cover of Vanessa May’s ‘Connecting Self to Society’

Vanessa May (2013)

Belonging forms the bedrock of how we relate to the world around us, yet its relationship to society and social change is often overlooked. How do we explain that connection between self and society? How do our friendships and relationships shape our sense of belonging? Why does culture matter?

Exploring this crucial and fast-developing subject, Connecting Self to Society considers these questions and more in this lively account of belonging. Covering classical and contemporary theorists, the text also takes account of the latest thinking in the field, including the role of sensory relationships with the material world play in how we relate to the world around us.

Engaging and accessible, Connecting Self to Society has already been called the go-to book for anyone interested in this emerging field of interest, setting the methodological and theoretical standards for understanding how people go about connecting (and disconnecting with people), places and communities. This is essential reading for students of sociology interested in developing their understanding of the relationship between belonging, self and social change.

More about this book on the publisher, Palgrave Macmillan’s, website.


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