Late Modernity and Social Change: Reconstructing Social and Personal Life [NOOK Book]

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In this book Brain Heaphy unravels debates about modernity in contemporary social theory and examines key sociological ideas about the nature and implications of social change from modernist, poststructuralist, postmodernist and late modernist perspectives. Late Modernity and Social Change begins by outlining founding sociological ideas about modernity and social change and considers different definitions of what some refer to as 'postmodernity' and others term 'late modernity'. In doing so, it introduces the ...
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Overview

In this book Brain Heaphy unravels debates about modernity in contemporary social theory and examines key sociological ideas about the nature and implications of social change from modernist, poststructuralist, postmodernist and late modernist perspectives. Late Modernity and Social Change begins by outlining founding sociological ideas about modernity and social change and considers different definitions of what some refer to as 'postmodernity' and others term 'late modernity'. In doing so, it introduces the ideas of founding social thinkers including Marx, Durheim, Weber, Simmel and Freud, and the work of key contemporary theories among them Lacan, Foucault, Lvotrad Baudnliard Bauman, Suddens and Beck. It also discusses feminist Queer and post-colonial ideas about studying modern and post-modern experience. A special nature of the book is that it brings contemporary theories of modernity and social change to life through extended examples from personal life (including self and identity, relational and intimate life, death, dying and life-politics).

Wide-ranging accessible and comprehensive; Late Modernity and Social Change will be invaluable for students of social and cultural theory, and sociology more generally. The book will also be essential reading for those, who want to understand whose experience is included or excluded in contemporary debates about modernity, and who seek an original and powerful evaluation of the relevance of these ideas for 'thinking' and 'doing' sociology.

About the Author:
Brian Heaphy is Lecturer in Sociology at Manchester University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781134460984
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 9/12/2007
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 200
  • File size: 257 KB

Meet the Author

Brian Heaphy is Lecturer in Sociology at Manchester University. His sociological interests include theories of social and cultural change and changing patterns of personal life.

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Table of Contents


Acknowledgements     vi
Introduction     1
Founding narratives of modernity and the logics of social change     16
The deconstructive turn     28
Postmodernity and the cultural turn     50
Late modernity and the reflexive turn     69
Reconstructing self and identity     93
Reflexive relating and intimacy     120
Death, deskilling and life-politics     149
The sociology of reflexivity or reflexive sociology?     169
References     182
Index     188
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