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Overview

This comprehensive book provides an indispensable introduction to the most significant figures in contemporary social theory. Grounded strongly in the European tradition, the profiles include Michel Foucault, J[um]urgen Habermas, Roland Barthes, Jean Baudrillard, Pierre Bourdieu, Zygmunt Bauman, Martin Heidegger, Frederic Jameson, Richard Rorty, Nancy Chodorow, Anthony Giddens, Stuart Hall, Luce Irigaray and Donna Haraway. In guiding students through the key figures in an accessible and authoritative fashion, the book provides detailed accounts of the development of the work of major social theorists and charts the relationship between different traditions of social, cultural and political thought.

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Editorial Reviews

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'The publication of this volume will make a dramatic impact, for it shifts the boundaries of current understandings of the field of social theory. It presents a set of cogent, well- informed, well-organized discussions of many authors who are not conventionally seen as relevant to that field. On the other hand, it also reconsiders a number of the field's established figures and focuses on their contribution to a few thematic concerns, which the editors formulate compellingly in their introduction' - Gianfranco Poggi, European University Institute

'A most innovative and creative collection of essays on contemporary social theory. What stands out about this book is the editors' choice of thinkers.... Included here are essays not only on many of the most important contemporary social theorists (including some interesting, even surprising, choices), but also on many of the thinkers of the recent past who are having a powerful impact on contemporary social thought. A welcome addition to the personal libraries of not only social theorists, but those in a wide range of specialities in the social sciences' - George Ritzer, University of Maryland

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761965886
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 7/23/2001
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Bryan S. Turner is Professor of Sociology in the Asian Research Institute (ARI) at the National University of Singapore. Previously he was Professor of Sociology in the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Cambridge from 1998-2005. His research interests include globalization and religion, concentrating on such issues as religious conflict and the modern state, religious authority and electronic information, religious, consumerism and youth cultures, human rights and religion, the human body, medical change, and religious cosmologies. He is Joint Chief Editor of the journal Citizenship Studies and serves on the editorial boards of several prestigious journals.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Contributors
Editor's Introduction 1
1 Martin Heidegger 9
2 Georges Bataille 20
3 Maurice Merleau-Ponty 30
4 Herbert Marcuse 43
5 Theodor Adorno 59
6 Walter Benjamin 70
7 Jurgen Habermas 84
8 Erving Goffman 94
9 Peter Berger 107
10 Michel Foucault 117
11 Jean-Francois Lyotard 128
12 Jacques Lacan 140
13 Jacques Derrida 151
14 Roland Barthes 162
15 Julia Kristeva 174
16 Luce Irigaray 184
17 Jean Baudrillard 194
18 Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari 205
19 Paul Virilio 216
20 Henri Lefebvre 226
21 Paul Ricoeur 238
22 Niklas Luhmann 249
23 Charles Taylor 260
24 Richard Rorty 270
25 Nancy Chodorow 281
26 Anthony Giddens 292
27 Ulrich Beck 304
28 Pierre Bourdieu 315
29 Zygmunt Bauman 327
30 Donna J. Haraway 338
31 Fredric Jameson 349
32 Stuart Hall 360
33 Juliet Mitchell 371
34 Edward W. Said 382
Index 395
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