Alain Touraine

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First published in 2004. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

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Contributors from three continents debate Touraine's work in the social sciences, discussing themes including the theory and practice of social movements, the development of sociology in France, skill and flexibility in a post-factory world, the method of sociological intervention, and theories of democracy, modernity, and post- industrial society. Concludes with a chapter by Touraine on his most recent thinking on the social sciences. Includes a full bibliography of his published books and papers. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780750705523
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 11/1/1996
  • Series: Falmer Sociology Series
  • Pages: 388
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1
2 Alain Touraine: A Pioneer in the New French Sociology 9
3 Alain Touraine: Sociologue du Travail, Proudhonian, Pessimist 17
4 Skill, Flexibility and Effort in a Post-Factory World: Evidence from Britain 33
5 Touraine and the Method of Sociological Intervention 55
6 Movements of Modernity: Some Questions of Theory, Method and Interpretation 77
7 The Sociology of Alain Touraine: A Modernist Look at Post-Industrialization and the Ambivalence of Social Movements 93
8 Social Movements in a Comparative Perspective: Situating Alain Touraine 111
9 The Study of Solidarity and the Social Theory of Alain Touraine 127
10 Discourse as Power: A Second Look at Confrontational Adaptation 145
11 Politics, the Political and the Theory of Social Movements 159
12 Mobilization, Politics and Civil Society: Alain Touraine and Social Movements 173
13 Collective Action, Culture and Civil Society: Secularizing, Updating, Inverting, Revising and Displacing the Classical Model of Social Movements 205
14 Alain Touraine's Conceptions of Modernity 235
15 Social Action and the Production of Society 251
16 Touraine's Subject versus Rawls's Homo Politicus and Habermas's Homo Communicans 263
17 Modernity, the Subject and the Subversion of Sociology 275
18 A Sociology of the Subject 291
Appendix Curriculum Vitae and Publications of Alain Touraine 343
List of Contributors 363
Author Index 365
Subject Index 371
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