The Polity Reader in Social Theory

The Polity Reader in Social Theory

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This work provides an introduction to the major debates and schools of thought in social theory today. Some 30 different selections cover the period from the turn of the century up to the present. Classical social thought is represented: Marx and Weber, Simmel, Mead and the Frankfurt School are among those included in this volume. The main emphasis of the text, however, is upon current social theory, its main lines of orientation, and the dominant areas of controversy and advance. Problems of method and epistemology are given some prominence; however, most of the contributions are substantive in character and are concerned with the theoretical interpretation of modern social institutions. The authors represented, or discussed, in the volume include all of the most prominent figures in current social theory - for instance, Zygmunt Bauman, Nancy Chodorow, Pierre Bourdieu, Michel Foucault, Harold Garfinkel, Anthony Giddens, Jurgen Habermas, Agnes Heller, Richard Rorty and H.G. Gadamer. Each section of the volume is preceeded by an introduction which summarizes the articles that it contains.show more

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  • Hardback | 300 pages
  • 152 x 229mm | 805g
  • Polity Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • 0745612059
  • 9780745612058

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Part I: Some Schools of Social Theory: Marx and Weber to Gadamer and Ricoeur 1. Wolfgang J. Mommsen, `Capitalism and Socialism: Weber's Dialgue with Marx' 2. David Frisby, `Georg Simmel: Modernity as an Eternal Present' 3. Richard Bellamy, `The Social and Political Thought of Antonio Gramsci' 4. Clifford Geertz, `The World in a Text: Levi Strauss's Tristes Tropiques' 5. Michelle Barratt, `Althusser and the Problem of Determinations' 6. Susan Hekman, `Gadamer and Ricoeur on Hermeneutics Part II: Solidarity, Interaction and Social Practice 7. Harold Garfinkel, `What is Ethnomethodology?' 8. Randall Collins, `Erving Goffman on Ritual and Solidarity in Social Life' 9. Anthony Giddens, `Elements of the Theory of Structuration' 10. Anthony Giddens, `Institutional Reflexivity and Modernity' 11. Pierre Bourdieu, `Structures, Habitus and Practices' 12. Pierre Bourdieu, `Social Space and Symbolic Power' 13. John Elster, `Rational Choice Theory' Part III: Critical Theory of Modernity 14. John Thompson, `Ideology and Modern Culture' 15. Jurgen Habermas, `The Tasks of a Critical Theory' 16. Jurgen Habermas, `The Normative Content of Modernity' 17. Richard Rorty, `Habermas and Lyotard' 18. Mark Poster, `Foucault and Marxism' Part IV: Feminism, Gender and Subjectivity 19. Lois McNay, `Foucault, Feminism and the Body' 20. Nancy Fraser, `The Case of Habermas and Gender' 21. Janet Wolff, `Feminism and Modernism' 22. Sylvia Walby, `Post-post-modernism? Theorising Gender' 23. Nancy Chodorow, `Feminism and Psychoanalytic Theory' 24. Agnes Heller, `Death of the Subject?' Part V: Modernity, Democracy, Social Movements 25. Scott Lash and John Urry, `The End of Organized Capitalism' 26. Immanuel Wallerstein, `World Systems Analysis' 27. Christopher Dandeker, `Surveillance and Modernity' 28. Noberto Bobbio, `The Future of Democracy' 29. David Held, `What Should Democracy Mean Today?' 30. David Held, `Democracy: From City States to a Cosmopolitan Order?' 31. Boris Frankel, `Class, Environmental and Social Movements' 32. Niklas Luhmann, `Ecological Communication' 33. Robert Goodin, `The Green Political Programme' 34. Ulrich Beck, `The Naturalistic Fallacy of the Ecological Movement' Part VI: Modernity and Postmodernity 35. Zygmunt Bauman, `Modernity and Ambivalence' 36. Jean Baudrillard, `The Consumer Society' 37. Gianni Vattimo, `The Post-Modern: A Transparent Society?' 38. Alex Callinicos, `Against Postmodernism' 39. Zygmunt Bauman, `Modernity and the Holocaust'.show more

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