Social Theory for Beginners

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Treating social theory as an exciting intellectual journey in its own right, this new introductory-level textbook presents the key ideas and concepts in social theory together with an account of the intellectual background from which they emerged. Aimed at first-year undergraduates studying sociology and all related disciplines in the social sciences and humanities, it provides an introduction to the major questions and debates facing social theorists and sociologists. Clearly designed presentation and layout ...
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Overview


Treating social theory as an exciting intellectual journey in its own right, this new introductory-level textbook presents the key ideas and concepts in social theory together with an account of the intellectual background from which they emerged. Aimed at first-year undergraduates studying sociology and all related disciplines in the social sciences and humanities, it provides an introduction to the major questions and debates facing social theorists and sociologists. Clearly designed presentation and layout features help readers navigate their way around the material thus giving them the best chance of finding what they need quickly and easily.
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Encyclopaedic in detail but also engaging, balanced, and accessible. Paul Ransome has produced a text of some originality: a beginners' guide thatcovers every nook and cranny of social thought. I have little doubt that itwill prove to be of indispensable use for undergraduates of all levels ofstudy. Shaun Le Boutillier, Anglia Ruskin University

The attention paid to the importance of metaphorical and chronological definitions is invaluable to beginners attempting to construct relevant literature around the different time scales in social theory. 2nd Year student in BA Human Geography

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781847426741
  • Publisher: Policy Press at the Univ of Bristol
  • Publication date: 5/12/2010
  • Pages: 496
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author


Paul Ransome, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Swansea University
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Table of Contents


List of figures
Preface and acknowledgements
Introduction: Who is this book for and how do I use it?

1. What is social theory?
2. Where did social theory come from?
3. Émile Durkheim and the coming of industrial society
4. Karl Marx, capitalism and revolution
5. Max Weber, rational capitalism and social action
6. Talcott Parsons, functionalism and the social system
7. Social interactionism and the real lives of social actors
8. Western Marxism, Antonio Gramsci and the Frankfurt School
9. Language, structure, meaning
10. Discourse and power: post-structuralist social theory
11. Feminist social theory
12. Reviving theories of modernity: Habermas, Giddens and Bourdieu
13. Theories of modernity and post-modernity
14. Reflexive modernisation: the global dimension and cultural theory
15. The boundary problem in contemporary social theory

Glossary
References
Index

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