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? 1
1 Classical social theory, I : contexts and beginnings 16
2 Classical social theory, II : Karl Marx and Emile Durkheim 40
3 Classical social theory, III : Max Weber and Georg Simmel 63
4 Functionalism and its critics 87
5 Interpretivism and interactionism 110
6 Historical social theory 132
7 Western Marxism 154
8 Psychoanalytic social theory 175
9 Structuralism and post-structuralism 196
10 Structure and agency 215
11 Feminist social theory 233
12 Modernity and postmodernity : part I 252
13 Modernity and postmodernity : part II 273
14 Globalization 292
Conclusion : social theory for the twenty-first century 313
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