Handbook of Contemporary European Social Theory

Handbook of Contemporary European Social Theory

by Gerard Delanty
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415355184

ISBN-13: 9780415355186

Pub. Date: 02/16/2006

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

This innovative publication maps out the broad and interdisciplinary field of contemporary European social theory. It covers sociological theory, the wider theoretical traditions in the social sciences including cultural and political theory, anthropological theory, social philosophy and social thought in the broadest sense of the term.

This volume surveys the

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This innovative publication maps out the broad and interdisciplinary field of contemporary European social theory. It covers sociological theory, the wider theoretical traditions in the social sciences including cultural and political theory, anthropological theory, social philosophy and social thought in the broadest sense of the term.

This volume surveys the classical heritage, the major national traditions and the fate of social theory in a post-national and post-disciplinary era. It also identifies what is distinctive about European social theory in terms of themes and traditions. It is divided into five parts: disciplinary traditions, national traditions, major schools, key themes and the reception of European social theory in American and Asia.

Thirty-five contributors from nineteen countries across Europe, Russia, the Americas and Asian Pacific have been commissioned to utilize the most up-to-date research available to provide a critical, international analysis of their area of expertise. Overall, this is an indispensable book for students, teachers and researchers in sociology, cultural studies, politics, philosophy and human geography and will set the tone for future research in the social sciences.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415355186
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
02/16/2006
Pages:
448
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 1.06(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction : social theory in Europe today
1Founders, classics, and canons in the formation of social theory3
2Social theory and the social sciences14
3Social theory and political philosophy25
4Social theory and theology37
5Contemporary German social theory51
6The age of epigones : post-Bourdieusian social theory in France69
7The peculiarities of the British : social theory in the United Kingdom82
8Everything changes and nothing changes : change, culture and identity in contemporary Italian social theory95
9Contemporary Spanish social theory108
10Nordic social theory : between social philosophy and grounded theory123
11Contemporary East Central European social theory138
12Contemporary Russian social theory153
13How to criticize? : convergent and divergent paths in critical theories of society171
14After dialectics : postmodernity, post-Marxism, and other posts and positions185
15Hermeneutics, phenomenology and philosophical anthropology203
16Contemporary European cognitive social theory218
17Civilizational analysis, social theory and comparative history230
18Cosmopolitanism : a social science research agenda242
19European master narratives about freedom257
20Modernity and the escape from Eurocentrism266
21European transformations279
22The politics of commemoration : the Holocaust, memory and trauma289
23Cultural identities298
24Nations, belonging and community310
25Theorizing the European city323
26Making sense of the public sphere333
27Nature, embodiment and social theory347
28Euros to America : the disciplining, deconstruction and diaspora of American social theory361
29Encounters between European and Asian social theory372
30Social theory, 'Latin' America and modernity381
Epilogue : Asia in European sociology395

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