Society in Action

Society in Action

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Society in Action is the first theoretical statement which seeks to draw general lessons for social theory from the dramatic events which transformed European history in the later 1980s. Sztompka presents a comprehensive and original theory of social change focusing on the self-transforming potential of societies evoked by the universal desires for freedom, autonomy and self-fulfilment. Building upon these theoretical traditions of writers such as Marx and Gramsci, the author attempts to go beyond them, synthesising their basic ideas in a more powerful general more

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  • Hardback | 218 pages
  • 152 x 229mm | 489g
  • Polity Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0
  • 0745606385
  • 9780745606385

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'Sztompka has given us a brave synthesis ... One stands in admiration at his delicate negotiation of a path through the most enduring and tractable dilemmas of our theoretical tradition in sociology. It is too much to hope that these dilemmas will fade into obscurity as a result of Sztompka's efforts, but he has given us a creative basis for our ongoing dialogues about them.' Neil J. Smelser, University of Californiashow more

Table of contents

Preface. Part I: The Background: 1. Toward a Theoretical Reorientation. 2. Evolving Focus on the Agency. 3. On the Shoulders of Marx. Part II: The Theory: 4. Ontology of the Constructed World. 5. The Model of Social Becoming. 6. Active and Passive Society. Part III: The Follow-up: 7. Social Movements: Double Morphogenesis. 8. Revolutions: The Peak of Social Becoming. Name Index. Subject Index. more