Introducing Social Theory

Introducing Social Theory

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This revised edition of Pip Jones's extremely popular introduction to social theory, now benefiting from the collaboration of Shaun Le Boutillier and Liz Bradbury, has been carefully and thoroughly updated with the latest developments in this continually changing field. Written in a refreshingly lucid and engaging style, Introducing Social Theory provides readers with a wide-ranging, well organized and thematic introduction to all the major thinkers, issues and debates in classical and contemporary social theory. Introducing Social Theory traces the development of social theorizing from the classical ideas about modernity of Durkheim, Marx and Weber, right up to a uniquely accessible review of contemporary theoretical controversies in sociology surrounding post-modernity and reflexive sociology. With great clarity, the authors explain the ideas of seminal thinkers such as Foucault, Bauman, Habermas, Beck, Bourdieu and Giddens, as well as paying increased attention to other important contributions from theorists such as Margaret Archer, Fredric Jameson and George Ritzer. Introducing Social Theory is the ideal textbook for students at all levels taking courses in sociology, from A-level students to undergraduates, who are looking to engage with social theory. Remarkably easy to follow and understand, the new edition lives up to its predecessor's goal that students need never be intimidated by social theory again.show more

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  • Electronic book text
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
  • Polity Press
  • United Kingdom
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • 9780745698953

About Pip Jones

Pip Jones is a former Principal Lecturer in Sociology at Anglia Ruskin UniversityLiz Bradbury is Principal Lecturer in Sociology at Anglia Ruskin UniversityShaun Le Boutillier is Principal Lecturer in Sociology at Anglia Ruskin Universityshow more

Table of contents

1. An Introduction to Sociological Theories2. Marx and Marxism3. Emile Durkheim4. Max Weber5. Interpretive Sociology: Action Theories6. Michel Foucault: Language, Discourse Theory and the Body-Centredness of Modernity7. Social Structures and Social Action8. Post-Modernity, Postmodernism and its Critics9. Re-thinking Modernity 10. Feminist and Gender TheoriesPostscriptGlossaryBibliographyIndexshow more

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"A remarkably clear, succinct and informative introduction to a complicated subject: the ideal guide through the labyrinth of social theory."Patrick Baert, University of Cambridge "Introducing Social Theory is an excellent primer for both undergraduate and postgraduate students interested in the theoretical and philosophical dimensions of the discipline. The work provides a clear and comprehensive account of the main positions and controversies in social theory, skilfully weaving a critique of diverse theoretical debates within the context of the emergence and globalization of modern societies. Through detailed textual exegesis, it rightly addresses the key question of what it is to be human in an increasingly globalized and complex world. It will be required reading on university courses."Anthony King, University of Exeter "This highly readable text should be appealing and rewarding to students and instructors alike for its concise and engaging introductory overview of the most important contemporary issues and debates in sociological theory. The ideas of a wide range of figures are summarized, compared, and contrasted, and numerous examples are provided throughout to promote understanding of the theoretical issues and arguments that are covered."D. Paul Johnson, Texas Tech University -A remarkably clear, succinct and informative introduction to a complicated subject: the ideal guide through the labyrinth of social theory.-Patrick Baert, University of Cambridge -Introducing Social Theory is an excellent primer for both undergraduate and postgraduate students interested in the theoretical and philosophical dimensions of the discipline. The work provides a clear and comprehensive account of the main positions and controversies in social theory, skilfully weaving a critique of diverse theoretical debates within the context of the emergence and globalization of modern societies. Through detailed textual exegesis, it rightly addresses the key question of what it is to be human in an increasingly globalized and complex world. It will be required reading on university courses.-Anthony King, University of Exeter -This highly readable text should be appealing and rewarding to students and instructors alike for its concise and engaging introductory overview of the most important contemporary issues and debates in sociological theory. The ideas of a wide range of figures are summarized, compared, and contrasted, and numerous examples are provided throughout to promote understanding of the theoretical issues and arguments that are covered.-D. Paul Johnson, Texas Tech Universityshow more

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