Introducing Social Theory / Edition 1

Introducing Social Theory / Edition 1

by Pip Jones, John W. Maynor
     
 

ISBN-10: 074562698X

ISBN-13: 9780745626987

Pub. Date: 03/28/2003

Publisher: Wiley

Introducing Social Theory traces the development of social theorizing from the classical ideas about modernity of Durkheim, Marx and Weber, through twentieth-century debates around structure and agency and developments in feminist thinking, to a uniquely accessible review of contemporary theoretical controversies in sociology. Focusing on relativism, post-modernity…  See more details below

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Introducing Social Theory traces the development of social theorizing from the classical ideas about modernity of Durkheim, Marx and Weber, through twentieth-century debates around structure and agency and developments in feminist thinking, to a uniquely accessible review of contemporary theoretical controversies in sociology. Focusing on relativism, post-modernity and postmodernism and their critics, this final section of the book provides a cogent and highly readable account of the debates at the heart of social theorizing today. Particularly impressive here is the clarity and analytical skill with which the ideas of Foucault, Bauman, Habermas, Beck and Giddens are explained. This book is remarkably easy to follow and understand - students need never be intimidated by social theory again!

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780745626987
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
03/28/2003
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.85(d)

Table of Contents

1An Introduction to Sociological Theories1
2Emile Durkheim31
3Marx and Marxism54
4Max Weber81
5Feminist Theories91
6Interpretive Sociology: Action Theories102
7Michel Foucault: Discourse Theory and the Body-centredness of Modernity123
8Language and Social Life: Structuralism, Post-structuralism and Relativism141
9Post-modernity and Postmodernism155
10Critical Responses to Post-modernity and Postmodernism165
Postscript186
Bibliography187
Glossary196
Index204

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