Readable, Informative, Entertaining
I was awarded a social science PhD in 2006 yet I never got my head around social theory until some years later. I wish I had had this book to read, not because I was using queer theory myself, but because it would have helped me so much to understand social theory as a whole. The book is so clear about not only what theory is but what it can be for. I'm not a particularly visual learner but I found the illustrations incredibly helpful. I think theory is so multi-dimensional that it benefits enormously from this multi-dimensional approach. I read the book from cover to cover and enjoyed every page. I can't say that about any other book on social theory I have read - and I've read many - useful and admirable as most of them are. This book will certainly be useful for anyone learning about queer theory, identity, politics, history etc, and also in my view for anyone trying to get to grips with any kind of social theory.
I would have liked the book to include a contents list and an index. Usually I would deduct a star for the absence of these navigational features, but this time I'm not because almost every page has a bold heading at the top so it's reasonably quick to flick through and find what you're looking for. And also I'm not deducting a star because I think this book is so excellent and so much needed.