Modern Social Theory: An Introduction / Edition 1

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Overview

This book provides a comprehensive introduction to the core topics, theories and debates in modern social theory.

Fourteen chapters have been written by leading specialists in the field, providing up-to-date guidance on the full sweep of the modern sociological imagination, from the legacies of the classical figures of Marx, Durkheim, Weber, Simmel and Parsons to the work of cutting-edge contemporary theorists. Separate chapters discuss functionalism and its critics, interpretive and interactionist theory, historical social theory, western Marxism, psychoanalytic social theory, structuralism and post-structuralism, structure and agency theory, feminist social theory, postmodernism and its critics, and theories about globalization.

All chapters are supplied with questions for discussion, study boxes, guidance on further reading and useful website addresses. It is ideal for students of sociology and cultural studies pursuing foundational courses in the history and theory of social analysis, and is also accessible for the general reader.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199255702
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 2/24/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 410
  • Product dimensions: 9.60 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Austin Harrington is Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Leeds. He has published three books: Art and Social Theory: Sociological Arguments in Aesthetics, Polity Press, 2004; Hermeneutic Dialogue and Social Science: A Critique of Gadamer and Habermas, Routledge, 2001 and The Protestant Ethic Debate: Max Weber's Replies to his Critics, 1907-1910, Liverpool University Press, 2001, edited with D. Chalcraft.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: What is Social Theory?, Austin Harrington
1. Modernity and Social Theory: Contexts and Beginnings, Austin Harrington
2. Legacies of the Classical Thinkers, I: Karl Marx and Émile Durkheim, Antonino Palumbo and Alan Scott
3. Legacies of the Classical Thinkers, II: Max Weber and Georg Simmel, Gianfranco Poggi
4. Functionalism and its Critics, John Holmwood
5. Interpretive and Interactionist Theory, William Outhwaite
6. Historical Social Theory, Dennis Smith
7. Western Marxism, Douglas Kellner
8. Structuralism and Post-Structuralism, Samantha Ashenden
9. Psychoanalytic Social Theory, Anthony Elliott
10. Structure and Agency Theory, Anthony King
11. Feminist Social Theory, Lisa Adkins
12. Postmodernism and Postmodernity, Barry Smart
13. Modernity after Postmodernism, Gerard Delanty
14. Globalization, Robert Holton
Conclusion, Austin Harrington

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