Key Concepts in Critical Social Theory

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‘Clear and accessible – Key Concepts in Critical Social Theory makes difficult ideas available to an undergraduate audience’ -Larry Ray, Professor of Sociology, University of Kent

The SAGE Key Concepts series provides students with accessible and authoritative knowledge of the essential topics in a variety of disciplines. Cross-referenced throughout, the format encourages critical evaluation through understanding.

Written by experienced and respected academics, the books are indispensable study aids and guides to comprehension.

Key Concepts in Critical Social Theory:

• Provides brief accounts of the central ideas behind the key concepts of critical social theory

• Prepares students to tackle primary texts and/or gives them a point of reference when they find themselves stuck

• Discusses each concept in an introductory way

• Offers further reading guidance for independent learning

• Is essential reading for undergraduates in sociology and across the social sciences.

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Editorial Reviews

Choice Magazine
"Each entry is written with keen insight and clarity, often locating concepts in relation to one another and to their origins in classical philosophy. The bottom line: Crossley's book offers valuable discussions that make it extremely useful for anyone interested in social theory. . . . Highly recommended. "— P. Kivisto
CHOICE - P. Kivisto
"Each entry is written with keen insight and clarity, often locating concepts in relation to one another and to their origins in classical philosophy. The bottom line: Crossley's book offers valuable discussions that make it extremely useful for anyone interested in social theory. . . . Highly recommended."
Emily Kearns
"Nick Crossley's Key Concepts in Critical Social Theory is a useful reference tool for undergraduates of all majors trying to navigate the complexities of sociological theory. Key Concepts may also be useful for graduate students reviewing sociology basics for early graduate courses and later when preparing for comprehensive exams in sociological theory."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761970606
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 12/23/2004
  • Series: SAGE Key Concepts Series
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 5.83 (w) x 8.27 (h) x 0.74 (d)

Meet the Author

Nick Crossley Senior Lectuer in Sociology, University of Manchester

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Table of Contents

Alienation 3
Anomie 8
Body-subject 11
Body-power/bio-power 23
Capital (in the work of Pierre Bourdieu) 28
Citizenship 34
Colonization of the lifeworld 37
Crisis 40
Cycles of contention 51
Deconstruction 54
Discourse 60
Discourse ethics 64
Doxa 67
Epistemological break 71
Field 80
Freedom 86
Globalization 98
Habitus 104
Hegemony 113
Hexis/body techniques 117
Humanism and anti-humanism 121
Hybridity 129
I and me 131
Id, ego and superego 136
Ideal speech situation 140
Identity (personal, social, collective and 'the politics of') 144
Ideology 147
Illusio 156
Imaginary, symbolic and real 163
Intersubjectivity 168
Knowledge constitutive interests 177
Lifeworld 182
Mirror stage and the ego 190
New social movements 195
Orientalism 200
Patriarchy 202
Performativity 208
Power 213
Power/knowledge 222
Public sphere 227
Racism(s) and ethnicity 234
Rationality 237
Realism 246
Recognition (desire and struggle for) 256
Relationalism (vs substantialism) 265
Repertoires of contention 270
Repression (psychoanalysis) 273
Sex/gender distinction 280
Social capital 284
Social class 290
Social constructions/social constructionism 296
Social movements 300
Social space I (Bourdieu) 306
Social space II (networks) 311
Symbolic power/symbolic violence 316
System and lifeworld 320
Unconscious (the) 326
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