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Contested Knowledge: Social Theory Today [NOOK Book]

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Contested Knowledge combines social analysis and moral advocacy, showing how social theory can and does - and sometimes doesn't - work within the public and political sphere. This third edition has been reorganized to be even more accessible for the student. The book now includes sections on white studies, masculinity studies, critical heterosexuality studies, and a section on Empire. There is also a new chapter on social theory today, as well as invaluable section introductions, and 33 short biographies on major...
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Overview

Contested Knowledge combines social analysis and moral advocacy, showing how social theory can and does - and sometimes doesn't - work within the public and political sphere. This third edition has been reorganized to be even more accessible for the student. The book now includes sections on white studies, masculinity studies, critical heterosexuality studies, and a section on Empire. There is also a new chapter on social theory today, as well as invaluable section introductions, and 33 short biographies on major social theorists.
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Editorial Reviews

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"There is no better social theory text for demonstrating to students the political relevance of both past and current social thinkers. Seidman compellingly argues for a more lively, publicly-engaged sociology. Contested Knowledge is required reading for any discussion of how social theory can help us make sense of our own times."
--Nancy L. Fischer, Macalester College

"Seidman is one of the most original and profound voices in social theory today. A master of historical scholarship, he has produced here a revisionist theoretical story that will continue to be widely read and debated."
--Jeffrey Alexander, Yale University

"The Third edition of Contested Knowledge is a strong, clear and progressive argument for the active and moral role of sociological theory in a globalized and multicultural age. It is an optimistic, rigorous and reflective text, and a highly accessible one."
--Joe Bailey, Kingston University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781444358827
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 9/23/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 328
  • File size: 698 KB

Meet the Author

Steven Seidman is Professor of Sociology at State University of New York at Albany. He is a world-renowned social theorist working in the areas of social theory, culture, sexuality, comparative sociology, theory of democracy, nationalism, and globalization. He is the author and editor of several books, including Embattled Eros: Sexual Politics and Ethics in Contemporary America (1992), The Postmodern Turn: New Perspectives on Social Theory (editor, 1995), Queer Theory/Sociology (Blackwell, 1996), The New Social Theory Reader: Contemporary Debates (edited with Jeffrey C. Alexander, 2001), and Beyond the Closet: The Transformation of Gay and Lesbian Life (2002).

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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
Pt. I The Rise of the Classical Tradition 7
1 The Idea of a Science of Society: The Enlightenment and Auguste Comte 11
2 The Revolutionary Theory of Karl Marx 22
3 The Promise of Sociology: Emile Durkheim 36
4 The Ironic Social Theory of Max Weber 49
Pt. II Rethinking the Classical Tradition: American Sociology 65
5 The Grand Theory of Talcott Parsons and Peter Berger and Thomas Luckmann 70
6 The Scientific Theory of Randall Collins and Peter Blau 86
7 The Moral Sociology of C. Wright Mills and Robert Bellah 97
Pt. III Rethinking the Classical Tradition: European Theory 117
8 The Critical Theory of Jurgen Habermas 121
9 Stuart Hall and British Cultural Studies 134
10 The Critical Sociology of Anthony Giddens and Pierre Bourdieu 142
Pt. IV Revisions and Revolts: The Postmodern Turn 157
11 The Postmodern World of Jacques Derrida, Jean-Francois Lyotard, and Jean Baudrillard 161
12 Michel Foucault's Disciplinary Society 178
13 Zygmunt Bauman's Sociology of Postmodernity 192
Pt. V Revisions and Revolts: Identity Politics and Theory 205
14 Feminist Theory 209
15 Critical Race Theory 231
16 Lesbian, Gay, and Queer Theory 245
17 Colonialism and Empire 261
Afterword 274
Epilogue: Social Theory Today 277
Index 283
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