chapter  1
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Theorizing and writing social theory

This book provides you with the tools to help you, first, creatively play about with

concepts to satisfy your own theoretical curiosity, then to creatively play around

with arguments to arouse and satisfy other people’s theoretical curiosity. It is a

toolbox for theorizing and writing social science, whether it is in connection with

your very first essay to your teacher or fellow students, your master or PhD thesis

or an article to a prestigious journal in your later professional career as a social

scientist. Naturally, the tools are used somewhat differently and with varying skill at

the different levels, but they all come from the same toolbox.With the phrase ‘social

theory’ we simply mean theories produced within the social sciences.