Profiles in Contemporary Social Theory

Author: Anthony Elliott
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 9780761965893
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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This comprehensive book provides an indispensable introduction to the most significant figures in contemporary social theory. Grounded strongly in the European tradition, the profiles include Michel Foucault, J[um]urgen Habermas, Roland Barthes, Jean Baudrillard, Pierre Bourdieu, Zygmunt Bauman, Martin Heidegger, Frederic Jameson, Richard Rorty, Nancy Chodorow, Anthony Giddens, Stuart Hall, Luce Irigaray and Donna Haraway. In guiding students through the key figures in an accessible and authoritative fashion, the book provides detailed accounts of the development of the work of major social theorists and charts the relationship between different traditions of social, cultural and political thought.

Classical and Contemporary Sociological Theory

Author: Scott Appelrouth
Publisher: Pine Forge Press
ISBN: 076192793X
Format: PDF, ePub
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This unique hybrid of text and readings combines the major writings of sociology’s core classical and contemporary theorists with an historical as well as theoretical framework for understanding them. This novel approach provides students the analytical guidance necessary to interpret the readings. No other theory text combines such "student-friendly" explanation and analysis with original theoretical works.

Key Thinkers on Space and Place

Author: Phil Hubbard
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 9780761949633
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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A comprehensive guide to the latest work on space. Each entry is a short interpretative essay, outlining the contributions made by the key theorists.

We Have Never Been Postmodern

Author: Steve Redhead
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
ISBN: 0748688978
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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This book sets out a variety of reasons why we should move away from seeing the recent era as 'postmodern' and our culture as 'postmodernist' through a series of analyses of contemporary culture.

Contemporary Sociological Theory

Author: Jonathan H. Turner
Publisher: SAGE Publications
ISBN: 1483307204
Format: PDF, ePub
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Written by award-winning scholar, Jonathan Turner, Contemporary Sociological Theory covers the range of diversity of theory in nine theoretical traditions, and variants of theoretical approaches in these traditions. The result is a comprehensive review of present-day theorizing in sociology covering functional, evolutionary, ecological, conflict, interactionist, exchange, structuralist, cultural, and critical theories and the major proponents of these theories. Moreover, for each theoretical tradition, it origins are examined in a separate chapter with an eye to how classical theorists influenced the work of key contemporary scholars. This book will serve as a valuable resource for those readers seeking in-depth and comprehensive coverage of contemporary traditions in their historical contexts. Unlike many texts, coverage is comprehensive and deep. The theories and their origins are examined in detail so that readers can fully understand the origins and present profile of theories in present-day sociology. Unlike many texts that skim over theories on the surface, this book seeks to unlock for the reader their underlying structure of each theory. The book is written in a modular format so that theories and traditions can be examined in any order, and in many diverse combinations. If desired, only the contemporary theories can be read without attention to their historical contexts, or the reverse is true if readers want to understand the historical origins of a particular theoretical tradition. Since Jonathan Turner is an active theorist in his own right, he brings to the book an appreciation of how theories are created as an insider rather than as only a commentator on theory. As such, he is able to bring out the underlying assumptions, structure, and form of a theory in new and interesting ways for casual readers and scholars alike.

An Introduction to Sociology

Author: Pamela Abbott
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134382448
Format: PDF
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This third edition of this best-selling book confirms the ongoing centrality of feminist perspectives and research to the sociological enterprise, and introduces students to the wide range of feminist contributions in key areas of sociological concern. Completely revised, this edition includes: new chapters on sexuality and the media additional material on race and ethnicity, disability and the body many new international and comparative examples the influence of theories of globalization and post-colonial studies. In addition, the theoretical elements have also been fully rethought in light of recent developments in social theory. Written by three experienced teachers and examiners, this book gives students of sociology and women's studies an accessible overview of the feminist contribution to all the key areas of sociological concern.

Contemporary Critical Theory and Methodology

Author: Piet Strydom
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISBN: 113599787X
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Contemporary critical theory’s methodology is currently taking shape under the impact both of transformative internal develops within the discipline, and of external pressures and incentives arising from a series of international debates. In this book, Piet Strydom presents a groundbreaking treatment of critical theory’s methodology, using as a base the reconstruction of the left-Hegelian tradition, the relation between critical theory and pragmatism, and the associated metatheoretical implications. He assesses extant positions, presents a detailed yet comprehensive restatement and development of critical theory’s methodology, compares it with a wide range of current concepts of social criticism and critique, and analyzes leading critical theorists’ exemplary applications of it. Besides immanent transcendence and the sign-mediated epistemology common to the left-Hegelian tradition, special attention is given to the abductive imagination, reconstruction, normative and causal explanation, explanatory mechanisms and the communicative framework which enables critical theory to link up with its addressees and the public. Contemporary Critical Theory and Methodology is recommended reading for senior undergraduate and postgraduate students, as well as professionals working within disciplines such as sociology, philosophy, political science, critical theory and cultural studies.

Psychoanalytic Theory

Author: Anthony Elliott
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
ISBN: 9780333919101
Format: PDF
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What reviewers said about the first edition. "I enthusiastically recommend this important book. It will stimulate much needed reaction and interaction among students of psychoanalysis, psychology, social theory, cultural studies and politics." Contemporary Psychology "An interestingly comprehensive book on psychoanalysis and its bearing on social challenge and change." Radical Philosophy "Anthony Elliott opts for a vigorously critical synoptic view, attempting to present both the strengths and weaknesses of classical psychoanalysis, ego psychology, object relations theory, Klienian theory, Lacanian and post-Lacanian theory. In this book he strives to articulate the positive contribution of all branches, but he also searches deftly for the blind spots and problems of each psychoanalytic school." Hysteria: Body, Medicine, Text "Anthony Elliott is quickly emerging as a one-person industry, intent in all of his writings to demonstrate both the relevance and the importance of psychoanalytic theory for critical social analysis...Psychoanalytic Theory is more than an introduction in the conventional sense...Elliott is boldly attempting to restore psychoanalysis relevant to a critical social theory but fundamentally respectful of human capacity for change and self-transformation." Thesis Eleven "Elliott succeeds, in Psychoanalytic Theory, in showing that psychoanalytic theorists must explain not only how numerous cultural processes and social intsitutions structure the subject, but how the subject can meaningfully structure culture and social institutions...Elliott is especially attentive to postmodern challenges of notions of the self and self-knowledge, as well as to the responsive critiques of postmodernism within psychoanalytic theory." Journal for the Psychoanalysis of Culture and Society ANTHONY ELLIOTTt is Professor of Social and Political Theory at the University of the West of England. He was formerly ARC Research Fellow in the Department of Political Science, University of Melbourne, Australia. He is the author of The Mourning of John Lennon, Social Theory and Psychoanalysis in Transition (Free Association Books), Concepts of the Self (forthcoming from Polity), editor of The Blackwell Reader in Contemporary Social Theory, Profiles in Contemporary Social Theory (Sage, with Bryan Turner) and Freud 2000 (Polity).