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Beyond the Enlightenment: Lives and Thoughts of Social Theorists / Edition 1

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Overview

Important ideas that helped shape 20th-century thought—ideas which continue to hold great significance for anyone interested in the social world—are made accessible in this illuminating volume. Readers will be motivated to delve into the deeper pool of knowledge available on major social theorists and their groundbreaking ideas.

A mixture of biographical and historical ideas, this book was written to introduce social theory to a broad audience. It looks at the intersection between the theorist as a social actor and as a reflection of his or her time. The volume's breadth makes it a useful tool for those interested in sociology and its many luminaries.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275977252
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/30/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.54 (d)

Meet the Author

ROGER A. SALERNO is Professor of Sociology at Pace University.

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Table of Contents

1 The Enlightenment and beyond 1
2 Georg Hegel : foundations of modern social thought 9
3 Auguste Comte : the origins of modern European sociology 17
4 Herbert Spencer : survival of the fittest 27
5 Harriet Martineau : feminist sociologist 35
6 Karl Marx : capitalism and human exploitation 43
7 Emily Durkheim : the eclipse of community 51
8 Max Weber : reason and bureaucracy 59
9 Sigmund Freud : the unconscious civilization 67
10 Friedrich Nietzsche : the will to power 77
11 Georg Simmel : sociologist as outsider 85
12 W. E. B. Du Bois : double consciousness and race 91
13 Antonio Gramsci : critique of hegemonic capitalism 99
14 The Frankfurt School : Horkheimer and Adorno 105
15 Herbert Marcuse : eros and liberation 113
16 Walter Benjamin : art and modernity 117
17 Norbert Elias : the civilizing process 123
18 Simon de Beauvoir : otherness 131
19 Hannah Arendt : banality of reason 139
20 Claude Levi-Strauss : structural anthropology 147
21 Frantz Fanon : race and postcolonialism 153
22 Structuralism and beyond : Derrida, Lacan, and Foucault 161
23 Talcott Parsons : the systems society 175
24 Erving Goffman : the drama of the self 181
25 Feminist social theory : Chodorow, Butler, and Hooks 187
26 Postmodernism : Baudrillard, Haraway, and Bauman 197
27 Jurgen Habermans : communicative action 211
28 Pierre Bourdieu : Habitus 217
29 Anthony Giddens : structuration theory 223
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