An updated exploration of sociology as a way of thinking
The Forest and the Trees
Sociology as Life, Practice, and Promise
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Allan G. Johnson
If sociology could teach everyone just one thing, what would it be? The Forest and the Trees is one sociologist's response to the hypothetical-the core insight with the greatest potential to change how people see the world and themselves in relation to it.
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"The Forest and the Trees integrates the topic of social inequality (both oppression and privilege) seamlessly into the narrative in a way that no other book I've considered does. I have so much respect for Johnson’s clear and compelling writing style, as well as his ability to explain and elaborate on concepts in a way that is easy for my students to understand."
"I love The Forest and the Trees. And, honestly, if there were not a new edition, I am not sure how I would teach my Introduction to Sociology course. My students often comment that it is the best course text they have ever read. I cannot sing the praises of The Forest and the Trees enough!."
"My most frequent margin notes in this book were ‘great’ and ‘cool,’ and I wrote them often. Not only does Johnson present the sociological perspective in a smoothly written, easily digestible form[;] he also makes surprising turns and gently leads the reader into some interesting implications of otherwise familiar arguments. . . . His examples shine. . . . Johnson’s impressive ability [is] to take the familiar and give it a twist, or to find intellectual surprises in the midst of conventional wisdom. . . .Repeatedly, Johnson explains tricky ideas simply. . . . He respects his readers, talking in terms they will understand while always pushing them intellectually to take one more step."
"Johnson's prolegomenon to the study of sociology, written for . . . sociology students at all levels, presents a ‘core view’ of sociology: individuals always participate in something larger than themselves—social systems; social life flows from this relationship between smaller and larger, between the forest and the trees. . . . Johnson's discussion is masterful."
"If you are passionate in your belief in the promise of sociology to challenge how people think about social life and how they participate in it, you will find The Forest and the Trees an inspiring resource for your students. . . . I highly recommend this book as a very useful teaching aid for introductory sociology in the Berger and Mills traditions."
Allan G. Johnson is a nationally recognized sociologist, nonfiction author, novelist, and public speaker best known for his work on issues of privilege and oppression, especially in relation to gender and race. He is the author of numerous books, including The Gender Knot: Unraveling Our Patriarchal Legacy (Temple) and Privilege, Power, and Difference. His work has been translated into several languages and excerpted in numerous anthologies. Visit him online at www.agjohnson.us and follow his blog at http://agjohnson.wordpress.com.