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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!
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Editorial Reviews

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"A remarkably clear, succinct and informative introduction to a complicated subject: the ideal guide through the labyrinth of social theory."
Patrick Baert, University of Cambridge

"Introducing Social Theory is an excellent primer for both undergraduate and postgraduate students interested in the theoretical and philosophical dimensions of the discipline. The work provides a clear and comprehensive account of the main positions and controversies in social theory, skilfully weaving a critique of diverse theoretical debates within the context of the emergence and globalization of modern societies. Through detailed textual exegesis, it rightly addresses the key question of what it is to be human in an increasingly globalized and complex world. It will be required reading on university courses."
Anthony King, University of Exeter

"This highly readable text should be appealing and rewarding to students and instructors alike for its concise and engaging introductory overview of the most important contemporary issues and debates in sociological theory. The ideas of a wide range of figures are summarized, compared, and contrasted, and numerous examples are provided throughout to promote understanding of the theoretical issues and arguments that are covered."
D. Paul Johnson, Texas Tech University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780745626994
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/28/2003
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.02 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.64 (d)

Meet the Author

Pip Jones is a former Principal Lecturer in Sociology at Anglia Ruskin University
Liz Bradbury is Principal Lecturer in Sociology at Anglia Ruskin University
Shaun Le Boutillier is Principal Lecturer in Sociology at Anglia Ruskin University

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Table of Contents

1 An Introduction to Sociological Theories 1
2 Emile Durkheim 31
3 Marx and Marxism 54
4 Max Weber 81
5 Feminist Theories 91
6 Interpretive Sociology: Action Theories 102
7 Michel Foucault: Discourse Theory and the Body-centredness of Modernity 123
8 Language and Social Life: Structuralism, Post-structuralism and Relativism 141
9 Post-modernity and Postmodernism 155
10 Critical Responses to Post-modernity and Postmodernism 165
Postscript 186
Bibliography 187
Glossary 196
Index 204
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