Introducing Social Theory

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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 ...
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Overview

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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"This is an excellent primer for social theory ... Highly recommended for introductory level students and all those new to the discipline, and their teachers."

David Abbott, formerly Hills Road Sixth Form College, Cambridge

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780745635224
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 7/20/2011
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 0.69 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Pip Jones Principal Lecturer in Sociology, Anglia Polytechnic University, Cambridge, UK
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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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