Social Theory and Sociology: The Classics and Beyond

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This Timely volume represents an attempt by leading practitioners in the field to think reflexively about the present state of social theory and its historical analogues, and to consider new directions opposed to the "classical" social theorists, as well as new uses of the classics. Social Theory and Sociology begins to address a problem that is salient for students as well as academics, namely, why and how does the legacy of social theory matter? What is the value of what we ...

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Overview

This Timely volume represents an attempt by leading practitioners in the field to think reflexively about the present state of social theory and its historical analogues, and to consider new directions opposed to the "classical" social theorists, as well as new uses of the classics. Social Theory and Sociology begins to address a problem that is salient for students as well as academics, namely, why and how does the legacy of social theory matter? What is the value of what we are learning?

No attempt is made to dodge these tough questions and some very different answers are provided. Ranging from classic figures such ad Marx top the new theoritical approaches deriving from science and tehnology studies, this book represernts a multivoiced, radically diverse consideration of what "theroy" is all about now, at the end of the century.

Social Theory and Socioloogy will be esentail reading for advanced undergraduates and above of social theory-primarily those studying sociology and cultural studies-thouhjh it is also relevant for those in other humanities and social science departments.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780631191926
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/1/1996
  • Pages: 320

Meet the Author

Stephen Turner is Graduate Professor at the University of South Florida, USA.

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Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables
List of Contributors
Acknowledgments
1 Introduction: Social Therapy and Sociology 1
2 The Centrality of the Classics 21
3 Lego Quia Inutile: An Alternative Justification for the Classics 39
4 Three Ideologies or One? The Pseudo-battle of Modernity 53
5 Whose Classics? Which Readings? Interpretation and Cultural Difference in the Canonization of Sociological Theory 70
6 Crises of Modernity: Political Sociology in Historical Contexts 97
7 Marxism after Communism 121
8 Standpoint Epistemology (a Feminist Version): How Social Disadvantage Creates Epistemic Advantage 146
9 The Centrality of Culture in Social Theory: Fundamental Clues from Weber and Durkheim 161
10 Measurement and the Two Cultures of Sociology 181
11 Toward a Reflexive Sociology: A Workshop with Pierre Bourdieu 213
12 Homo Sociologicus: Do We Need Him/Her? 229
13 Science and Technology Studies and the Renewal of Social Theory 235
14 Theory Then/Theory Now (or, "The Sociology is about to Begin, Said the Man with the Loudspeaker") 256
Bibliography 274
Index 295
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