Beyond the Enlightenment: Lives and Thoughts of Social Theorists

Beyond the Enlightenment: Lives and Thoughts of Social Theorists

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by Roger A. Salerno
     
 

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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780275977245
Publisher:
Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
Publication date:
07/30/2004
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.00(d)

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Table of Contents

1The Enlightenment and beyond1
2Georg Hegel : foundations of modern social thought9
3Auguste Comte : the origins of modern European sociology17
4Herbert Spencer : survival of the fittest27
5Harriet Martineau : feminist sociologist35
6Karl Marx : capitalism and human exploitation43
7Emily Durkheim : the eclipse of community51
8Max Weber : reason and bureaucracy59
9Sigmund Freud : the unconscious civilization67
10Friedrich Nietzsche : the will to power77
11Georg Simmel : sociologist as outsider85
12W. E. B. Du Bois : double consciousness and race91
13Antonio Gramsci : critique of hegemonic capitalism99
14The Frankfurt School : Horkheimer and Adorno105
15Herbert Marcuse : eros and liberation113
16Walter Benjamin : art and modernity117
17Norbert Elias : the civilizing process123
18Simon de Beauvoir : otherness131
19Hannah Arendt : banality of reason139
20Claude Levi-Strauss : structural anthropology147
21Frantz Fanon : race and postcolonialism153
22Structuralism and beyond : Derrida, Lacan, and Foucault161
23Talcott Parsons : the systems society175
24Erving Goffman : the drama of the self181
25Feminist social theory : Chodorow, Butler, and Hooks187
26Postmodernism : Baudrillard, Haraway, and Bauman197
27Jurgen Habermans : communicative action211
28Pierre Bourdieu : Habitus217
29Anthony Giddens : structuration theory223

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