Social Theory Now

Social Theory Now

The book provides a strategic window onto social theory based on current research, examining trends in classical traditions and the cutting edge of more recent approaches.

Author: Claudio E. Benzecry

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226475318

Category: Social Science

Page: 416

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The landscape of social theory has changed significantly over the three decades since the publication of Anthony Giddens and Jonathan Turner’s seminal Social Theory Today. Sociologists in the twenty-first century desperately need a new agenda centered around central questions of social theory. In Social Theory Now, Claudio E. Benzecry, Monika Krause, and Isaac Ariail Reed set a new course for sociologists, bringing together contributions from the most distinctive sociological traditions in an ambitious survey of where social theory is today and where it might be going. The book provides a strategic window onto social theory based on current research, examining trends in classical traditions and the cutting edge of more recent approaches. From distinctive theoretical positions, contributors address questions about how social order is accomplished; the role of materiality, practice, and meaning; as well as the conditions for the knowledge of the social world. The theoretical traditions presented include cultural sociology, microsociologies, world-system theory and post-colonial theory, gender and feminism, actor network and network theory, systems theory, field theory, rational choice, poststructuralism, pragmatism, and the sociology of conventions. Each chapter introduces a tradition and presents an agenda for further theoretical development. Social Theory Now is an essential tool for sociologists. It will be central to the discussion and teaching of contemporary social theory for years to come.
Categories: Social Science

Social Theory Today

Social Theory Today

Social theory has undergone dramatic changes over the past fifteen years. The aim of this book is to provide a comprehensive survey of those changes, and an authoritative statement on current trends of development in social thought.

Author: Anthony Giddens

Publisher: Stanford University Press

ISBN: 0804715149

Category: Social Science

Page: 428

View: 637

Social theory has undergone dramatic changes over the past fifteen years. The aim of this book is to provide a comprehensive survey of those changes, and an authoritative statement on current trends of development in social thought. The contents of the book range in a systematic way across the major traditions of social theory prominent today. Among the topics covered are the relationships between modern social theory and the 'classics' of the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries; the connections between social theory and mathematical social science; and the logical status of generalizations in the social sciences. Traditions of thought discussed include: behaviourism; symbolic interactionism; Parsonian theory; analytical theory; structuralism and post-structuralism; ethnomethodology; structuration theory; world systems theory; Marxism and critical theory.
Categories: Social Science

Critical Theory Now

Critical Theory Now

So while many of my fellow feminists have been using Lacanian ideas to theorize
the discursive construction of subjectivity in film and literature, I have been relying
on alternative models of language to develop a feminist social theory.

Author: Philip Wexler

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781135386986

Category: Education

Page: 274

View: 865

First Published in 1991. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.
Categories: Education

Social Theory

Social Theory

When this book first appeared in 1994 no one had the kind of lightweight
personal computers that today seem to be ... Social Theory, now in its 6th edition,
has not only lived during these events, it has also come into its own in a time
when the ...

Author: Charles Lemert

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9780813350448

Category: Social Science

Page: 544

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For nearly a quarter-century, Charles Lemert has shared his love of social theory, and the questions it explores, in this collection of readings. With 140 selections that begin in the nineteenth century and end in 2015, Social Theory charts the long arc of the development of the field. This edition retains classic texts by Karl Marx, Emile Durkheim, Max Weber, and W.E.B. Du Bois and writings of major contemporary figures like Audre Lorde and Patricia Hill Collins, while adding pieces from Harriet Martineau, Friedrich Nietzsche, Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw, Thomas Piketty, and Ta-Nehisi Coates, among others. Revised and updated with a new section exploring social theory at the limits of the social, Lemert's Social Theory remains essential reading.
Categories: Social Science

New Directions in Social Theory

New Directions in Social Theory

These two areas have never seemed to hold the transformative capacities or
grasp the centrality of social theory in the ... As shown, contemporary texts on
social theory now include women theorists and black theorists alongside those
who ...

Author: Kate Reed

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 9781847877543

Category: Social Science

Page: 192

View: 680

"This book contributes to the growing debates about social theory and its role through a discussion of the ways in which gender and race contributed to the exclusion of important thinkers from the sociological canon." - John Hughes, Lancaster University Who makes up the 'canon' of sociology - and who doesn't? Does sociology need a canon in the first place? Beyond Social Theory offers an innovative and passionate contribution to debates on the history and development of sociology and the exclusion of theorists - who are female, black, or both - from the mainstream of social theorizing. With compelling biographical sketches bringing the dynamics behind the 'canon' to life, Kate Reed focuses sharp analysis on the exclusion of theorists on race and gender from important debates on inequality. An important contribution to the debate on non-exclusionary theory, this book critically examines existing accounts of the history of the discipline, situating the development of social theory within a wider social and political context.
Categories: Social Science

Talcott Parsons and the Social Image of Man RLE Social Theory

Talcott Parsons and the Social Image of Man  RLE Social Theory

His conclusion, which I have already cited, is that economics is aspecialcase of
sociological theory. Now at this point Parsons should continue by saying: '
Therefore sociological theory isinadequate and restsona 'dubious,if not
downright ...

Author: Ken Menzies

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317650546

Category: Social Science

Page: 204

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This account of Talcott Parsons’s work clarifies his basic concepts and sets out their correlation. Dr Menzies believes that the philosophy of science working within the confines of the analytic-synthetic distinction tends to provide a rigid, static and sterile account of theories. He presents a more dynamic account of the scientific enterprise in order to come to grips with the amorphous nature of theory, and to provide the basic framework for his analysis of Parsons. Menzies argues that Parsons’s central problematic in The Structure of Social Action is utilitarianism in general and the classical economists’ account of the rise of capitalism in particular, and as such the book is not a reconciliation of positivistic and idealistic elements and these run throughout his subsequent work. Two major strands in Parsons’s work – the social action theory and the systems theory (structural-functionalism) – are separated and examined individually.
Categories: Social Science

Social Theory Since Freud

Social Theory Since Freud

Critical social theory now faces the challenging work of sifting through the core
insights of these three psychoanalytic - cultural pioneers , both for resituating
subjectivity in the wake of post - structuralism and postmodernism and for
reassessing ...

Author: Anthony Elliott

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 0415271630

Category: Social Science

Page: 185

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This compelling book traces the rise of psychoanalysis from the Frankfurt School to postmodernism, exploring in detail the social and political factors that have led intellectuals to draw from the insights of Freud. In this compelling book, Anthony Elliott traces the rise of psychoanalysis from the Frankfurt School to postmodernism. Examining how pathbreaking theorists such as Adorno, Marcuse, Lacan and Lyotard have deployed psychoanalysis to politicise issues like desire, sexuality, repression and identity, Elliott assesses the gains and losses arising from this appropriation of psychoanalysis in social theory and cultural studies. Moving from the impact of the Culture Wars and recent Freud-bashing to contemporary debates in social theory, feminism and postmodernism, Elliott argues for a new alliance between sociological and psychoanalytic perspectives. Drawing in particular from the thought of key contemporary psychoanalytic thinkers such as Julia Kristeva, Jean Laplanche and Cornelius Castoriadis, Social Theory Since Freud opens the way for a new approach to the creativity of action
Categories: Social Science

Sociological Theory in the Classical Era

Sociological Theory in the Classical Era

She explored the fundamental questions that would become the heart of feminist
social theory some 50 years later, when writers such as Simone de Beauvoir ...
Simmel's provocative work is gaining more and more relevance in today's world ...

Author: Laura Desfor Edles

Publisher: SAGE Publications

ISBN: 9781483300993

Category: Social Science

Page: 464

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Trained at UCLA and at NYU respectively, Laura Desfor Edles and Scott Appelrouth were frustrated by their inability to find a sociological theory text that could inspire enthusiasm in undergraduate students while providing them with analytical tools for understanding theory and exposing them to original writings from pivotal theorists. They developed this widely used text/reader to fill that need. Sociological Theory in the Classical Era introduces students to original major writings from sociology's key classical theorists. It also provides a thorough framework for understanding these challenging readings. For each theorist, the authors give a biographical sketch, discuss intellectual influences and core ideas, and offer contemporary examples and applications of those ideas. Introductions to every reading provide additional background on their structure and significance. This book also makes frequent use of photos, diagrams, tables, and charts to help illustrate important concepts.
Categories: Social Science

Contemporary Social Theory

Contemporary Social Theory

In writing this book, I have sought to develop a readable, comprehensive and
critical introduction to the field of contemporary social theory. This, in itself, might
be considered something ofa tall order– given that social theory now manages to
 ...

Author: Anthony Elliott

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781134169726

Category: Social Science

Page: 392

View: 99

This book is arguably the definitive undergraduate textbook on contemporary social theory. Written by one of the world’s most acclaimed social theorists, Anthony Elliott provides a dazzlingly accessible and comprehensive introduction to modern social theory from the Frankfurt School to globalization theories and beyond. In distilling the essentials of social theory, Elliott reviews the works of major theorists including Theodor Adorno, Herbert Marcuse, Michel Foucault, Jacques Lacan, Jacques Derrida, Anthony Giddens, Pierre Bourdieu, Julia Kristeva, Jurgen Habermas, Judith Butler, Slavoj Zizek, Manuel Castells, Ulrich Beck, Zygmunt Bauman, Giorgio Agamben and Manuel De Landa. Every social theorist discussed is contextualized in a wider political and historical context, and from which their major contributions to social theory are critically assessed. This book is essential reading for students and professionals in the fields of social theory, sociology and cultural studies, as it is both an original enquiry and a consummate introduction to social theory.
Categories: Social Science

Introduction to Contemporary Social Theory

Introduction to Contemporary Social Theory

In writing this book, we have sought to develop a readable, comprehensive and
critical introduction to the field of contemporary social theory. This, in itself, might
be considered something ofa tall order – given that social theory now manages to
 ...

Author: Anthony Elliott

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781136237386

Category: Social Science

Page: 466

View: 116

In this comprehensive, stylish and accessible introduction to contemporary social theory, Anthony Elliott and Charles Lemert examine the major theoretical traditions from the Frankfurt School to globalization and beyond. When first published, the book’s wide range set new standards for introductory textbooks – social theorists discussed include Theodor Adorno, Herbert Marcuse, Michel Foucault, Jacques Lacan, Jacques Derrida, Anthony Giddens, Pierre Bourdieu, Julia Kristeva, Jurgen Habermas, Judith Butler, Slavoj Zizek, Manuel Castells, Ulrich Beck, Zygmunt Bauman, Giorgio Agamben and Manuel De Landa. Extensively developed to take into account significant recent developments in American social theory, the book offers chapters on American pragmatism, structural functionalism, ethnomethodology, black feminist thought and world-systems theory. American traditions of social theory are brought powerfully to life in treatments of intellectuals ranging from William James to Robert K. Merton, David Riesman to Randall Collins, and Patricia Hill Collins to Saskia Sassen. Introduction to Contemporary Social Theory combines lively exposition and clarity with reflective social critique and original insights, and is a superb textbook with which to navigate the twists and turns of contemporary social theory as taught in the disciplines of sociology, politics, history, cultural studies and many more.
Categories: Social Science

Gender And Social Theory

Gender And Social Theory

Giddens, Ulrick Beck and Elisabeth Gernsheim-Beck have all written about
personal and intimate relations: in reviewing and assessing their work we can
locate some of the questions which sociological theory now has to ask, and
answer, ...

Author: Evans, Mary

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education (UK)

ISBN: 9780335208647

Category: Social Science

Page: 138

View: 402

* What is the most significant aspect of current literature on gender? * How does this literature engage with social theory? * How does the recognition of gender shift the central arguments of social theory? We know that gender defines and shapes our lives. The question addressed by Gender and Social Theory is that of exactly how this process occurs, and what the social consequences, and the consequences for social theory, might be. The emergence of feminist theory has enriched our understanding of the impact of gender on our individual lives and the contemporary social sciences all recognise gender differentiation in the social world. The issue, however, which this book discusses is the more complex question of the extent to which social theory is significantly disrupted, disturbed or devalued by the fuller recognition of gender difference. We know that gender matters, but Mary Evans examines whether social theory is as blind to gender as is sometimes argued and considers the extent to which a greater awareness of gender truly shifts the concerns and conclusions of social theory. Written by an author with an international reputation, this is an invaluable text for students and an essential reference in the field.
Categories: Social Science

The Media and Social Theory

The Media and Social Theory

theory. David. Hesmondhalgh. and. Jason. Toynbee. This book derives from the
conviction that we need to enrich the intellectual resources being brought to bear
on the media ... Now of course media theory has been informed by social theory.

Author: David Hesmondhalgh

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781134061433

Category: Social Science

Page: 312

View: 343

Media studies needs richer and livelier intellectual resources. This book brings together major and emerging international media analysts to consider key processes of media change, using a number of critical perspectives. Case studies range from reality television to professional journalism, from blogging to control of copyright, from social networking sites to indigenous media, in Europe, North America, Asia and elsewhere. Among the theoretical approaches and issues addressed are: critical realism post-structuralist approaches to media and culture Pierre Bourdieu and field theory public sphere theory – including post-Habermasian versions actor network theory Marxist and post-Marxist theories, including contemporary critical theory theories of democracy, antagonism and difference. This volume is essential reading for undergraduate and postgraduate students and researchers of cultural studies, media studies and social theory.
Categories: Social Science

Advances in Social Theory and Methodology RLE Social Theory

Advances in Social Theory and Methodology  RLE Social Theory

Like blood in a complex organism, languageina system of social action is a
medium in which an extraordinary array of ... Transformational theory now
callsthe sociologistto examine such propertiesof macro-social operations,as s/
henow ...

Author: Karin Knorr Cetina

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317652618

Category: Social Science

Page: 332

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After a period in which sociology was torn apart by the polarized claims of micro- and macro-methodology, an increasing number of sociologists are now attempting a fusion of the two approaches. In this volume, some of the most distinguished sociologists set out possible resolutions of the debate. Each of the chapters, placed in perspective by the editors’ prologue, approaches the problem from a unique angle. Aaron Cicourel argues for a macro-basis of social interaction; Randall Collins shows how the macro consists of an aggregate of micro-episodes; Troy Duster presents a methodological model for generating a systematic data base across different contexts of social action through his examination of the procedures governing screening for inherited disorders. Rom Harré launches a philosophical attack on what he sees as a spurious bifurcation of micro- and macro-levels. Anthony Giddens explores the problem of unintended consequences, and Gilles Fauconnier, through a depiction of Jesuitical casuistry, shows how vital clues to macro-structure can be elicited from the micro-phenomenon of language. Victor Lidz continues the language theme in his chapter on the implications of advances in linguistic theory for macro-systems theory. Niklas Luhmann illustrates the micro-macro problem by the communication about law in interaction systems. The theory of historical materialism is reassessed by Jürgen Habermas. Taking the example of Renault and electric vehicles, Michel Callon and Bruno Latour investigate how micro-actor status is attained and the sociologist’s involvement in this transformation. Finally, Pierre Bourdieu, writing on men and machines, analyses the historical imperatives that create the complex relation between man and his environment.
Categories: Social Science

The Structure of Social Theory

The Structure of Social Theory

2 The Relevance of Parsons At the start of his first major work , The Structure of
Social Action , Talcott Parsons asked “ Who now reads Spencer ? ' ( Parsons
1966a : 3 ) . Parsons noted the curious fact that a sociologist who had in the
previous ...

Author: Anthony King

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 0415263344

Category: Social Science

Page: 268

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Over the last three decades, social theory has become an increasingly important subdiscipline within sociology. Social theory has attempted to elucidate the philosophical basis of sociology by defining the nature of social reality. According to social theory, society consists of objective institutions, structure, on the one hand, and individuals, agency on the other, it promotes human social relations, insisting that in every instance social reality consists of these relations.
Categories: Social Science

The Future of Social Theory

The Future of Social Theory

CHAPTER I Introduction: Rethinking Social Theory The world today is passing
through a number of dramatic transformations, not least those arising from the
increased technological mediation of interpersonal relations, the blurring of ...

Author: Nicholas Gane

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 0826470661

Category: Political Science

Page: 210

View: 610

The basic concept of society has come under attack - political acts, critical theory, new media and even history itself have undermined what we think of as the social. The Future of Social Theory brings together new interviews with the world's leading social theorists on what society means today: Zygmunt Bauman, John Urry, Saska Sassen, Bruno Latour, Scott Lash, Nikolas Rose, Judith Butler and Francoise Verges. The topics covered include: liquid modernization and the individualization of the society; the shift towards global forms of chaos and complexity; the displacement of the social into global city networks; the shift away from a theory of the social to a theory of space; the transformation of society with the rise of new technology; the continuing influence of historical forms of political power; society as a gendered idea; and society as a product of Empire.
Categories: Political Science

Social Theory in the Twentieth Century and Beyond

Social Theory in the Twentieth Century and Beyond

Ten years is a substantial amount of time in a rapidly moving field like social
theory, hence the need to revise this book. One obvious difference between the
first and the second editions is that what was initially a single-authored volume is
now ...

Author: Patrick Baert

Publisher: Polity

ISBN: 9780745639802

Category: Social Science

Page: 319

View: 104

This second edition of Patrick Baert's widely acclaimed Social Theory in the Twentieth Century has been brought right up-to-date with cutting-edge developments in social theory today. It offers an easy-to-read but provocative account of the development of social theory, covering a range of key figures and classic schools of thought. The authors also bridge the gap between philosophy and social theory, locating the theoretical views of individuals such as Giddens, Foucault and Habermas within wider historical traditions.
Categories: Social Science

Handbook of Sociological Theory

Handbook of Sociological Theory

Something happened to sociological theory in the last half of the 20th century. ...
Obviously, we are overstating the case, because there have been some
interesting efforts at grand theory, but still the term "grand theory" now carries
negative ...

Author: Jonathan H. Turner

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9780387324586

Category: Political Science

Page: 745

View: 745

This wide-ranging handbook presents in-depth discussions on the array of subspecialties that comprise the field of sociological theory. Prominent theorists working in a variety of traditions discuss methodologies and strategies; the cultural turn in sociological theorizing; interaction processes; theorizing from the systemic and macro level; new directions in evolutionary theorizing; power, conflict, and change; and theorizing from assumptions of rationality.
Categories: Political Science

New Models in Geography

New Models in Geography

Wheth Social theory is in a state of uncertainty at present . To begin with , it has a
past but its practitioners seem unsure as to whether that past is a dead hand or
an opportunity . Then again , social theory now consists of a varied , often ...

Author: Richard Peet

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 0415239672

Category: Science

Page: 406

View: 223

First published in 1989. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.
Categories: Science

New Models In Geography

New Models In Geography

Social theory is in a state of uncertainty at present. To begin with, it has a past but
its practitioners seem unsure as to whether that past is a dead hand or an
opportunity. Then again, social theory now consists of 'a varied, often confusing,
array ...

Author: PhD Richard Peet

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317853787

Category: Science

Page: 408

View: 524

First published in 1989. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.
Categories: Science

Social Theory in a Changing World

Social Theory in a Changing World

Broadly sympathetic to Habermas's approach, I shall outline some criticisms of
his social theory, which, I argue, has ... This notion now lies at the centre of his
work, which previously was concerned with the theory of communicative action.

Author: Gerard Delanty

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9780745666181

Category: Social Science

Page: 224

View: 843

This book provides a critical assessment of contemporary social theory for students in the social sciences. Delanty examines the writings of a number of key contemporary thinkers, including Habermas, Foucault, Bauman, Touraine, Giddens and Beck, and provides a clear account of the strengths and limitations of their work.
Categories: Social Science