The Golem in German Social Theory

The Golem in German Social Theory

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The Golem in German Social Theory provides an innovative and bold interpretation of German social theory. Authors Yair and Soyer argue that German scholars have been continually preoccupied with ancient, religiously-based myths that criticize the ideals of the enlightenment, exemplified by the 16th-century narrative of the Golem rising over its master.
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  • Hardback | 178 pages
  • 152.4 x 228.6 x 17.78mm | 408.23g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739120115
  • 9780739120118

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This powerful demonstration of the cultural roots of a particular tradition of sociological theory forces us to reassess figures we thought we knew well. A useful, careful, and incisive contribution. -- John A. Hall, McGill University
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About Gad Yair

Gad Yair is an associate professor in the department of sociology and anthropology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Michaela Soyer is a Ph.D. candidate in the department of sociology at the University of Chicago.
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Table of contents

Chapter 1 Preface Chapter 2 Introduction: The Golem in German Social Theory Chapter 3 Chapter 1. The Golem: Jewish Origins and German Renditions Chapter 4 Chapter 2. The Ghosts and Golems of Karl Marx Chapter 5 Chapter 3. The Dialectical Fate: The Golem and Max Weber Chapter 6 Chapter 4. The Frankfurt School: The Golems of the Enlightenment Chapter 7 Chapter 5. System and Lifeworld: Jurgen Habermas and Communicative Action Chapter 8 Chapter 6. The Risky Golems of Reflexive Modernity: Ulrich Beck Chapter 9 Conclusions: The Cultural Roots of Social Theory
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