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Preface vii Introduction 1 1 What is sociology? 7 2 Why do sociology? 35 3 How to do sociology? 67 4 What does sociology achieve? 105
Zygmunt Bauman is Professor Emeritus of Sociology at the University of Leeds. His many books have become international bestsellers and have been translated into more than thirty languages. Michael Hviid Jacobsen is Professor of Sociology in the Department of Sociology and Social Work, Aalborg University, Denmark. He has published extensively on issues such as social theory, death and dying, and methodology. Keith Tester is Professor of Sociology at the University of Hull. He has published widely in sociology and is recognised as one of the leading interpreters of the work of Zygmunt Bauman.
" What Use is Sociology? is a series of intimateconversations, which mine Bauman s more than half a centuryof experience in the disciple discussions which revisittruisms of the sociological imagination and which arelittered with interesting anecdotes and asides particular toBauman s own intellectual journey. Bauman s answersreveal the depth of his moral commitments and breadth of hiscritical engagement." LSE Review of Books