Handbook of Contemporary European Social Theory

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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: 2/16/2006
  • Pages: 448
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.06 (d)

Meet the Author

Gerard Delanty is Professor of Sociology at the University of Liverpool, UK. He is Editor of the European Journal of Social Theory and author of ten books including Inventing Europe: Idea, Identity, Reality (Macmillan, 1995), Social Theory in a Changing World (Polity Press, 1999), Modernity and Postmodernity (Sage, 2000), Community (Routledge, 2003) and (with Chris Rumford) Rethinking Europe: Social Theory and the Implications of Europeanization (Routledge, 2005).

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Table of Contents

Introduction : social theory in Europe today
1 Founders, classics, and canons in the formation of social theory 3
2 Social theory and the social sciences 14
3 Social theory and political philosophy 25
4 Social theory and theology 37
5 Contemporary German social theory 51
6 The age of epigones : post-Bourdieusian social theory in France 69
7 The peculiarities of the British : social theory in the United Kingdom 82
8 Everything changes and nothing changes : change, culture and identity in contemporary Italian social theory 95
9 Contemporary Spanish social theory 108
10 Nordic social theory : between social philosophy and grounded theory 123
11 Contemporary East Central European social theory 138
12 Contemporary Russian social theory 153
13 How to criticize? : convergent and divergent paths in critical theories of society 171
14 After dialectics : postmodernity, post-Marxism, and other posts and positions 185
15 Hermeneutics, phenomenology and philosophical anthropology 203
16 Contemporary European cognitive social theory 218
17 Civilizational analysis, social theory and comparative history 230
18 Cosmopolitanism : a social science research agenda 242
19 European master narratives about freedom 257
20 Modernity and the escape from Eurocentrism 266
21 European transformations 279
22 The politics of commemoration : the Holocaust, memory and trauma 289
23 Cultural identities 298
24 Nations, belonging and community 310
25 Theorizing the European city 323
26 Making sense of the public sphere 333
27 Nature, embodiment and social theory 347
28 Euros to America : the disciplining, deconstruction and diaspora of American social theory 361
29 Encounters between European and Asian social theory 372
30 Social theory, 'Latin' America and modernity 381
Epilogue : Asia in European sociology 395
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