The Forest and the Trees

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The Forest and the Trees: Sociology as Life, Practice, and Promise is a book by Allan G. Johnson (1946-2017).

The publisher's web site describes it thusly:

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.

This Third Edition features:

  • Updated key references, data, resources, and examples, from global warming, Barack Obama's election, and gay marriage to the Occupy Wall Street Movement
  • A glossary of terms
  • A new framework for the short essays in Chapter 6, exhibiting the power of sociology to dig beneath easy and popular understandings
  • An additional analysis of how men's violence is made invisible even though most violence is perpetrated by men
  • Chapter 7's new focus on sociology as a worldview with an analysis of the origins of white privilege