"The striking motif of this revised reader-friendly companion is Bryan Turner’s welcome dismissal of ‘decorative theory’ – that is cultural theory which has become an end in itself. He urges a return to historical and comparative studies reflected by new chapters on social anthropology and the body." – Ray Pahl, University of Kent
The Blackwell Companion to Social Theoryby Bryan S. Turner
The Blackwell Companion to Social Theory brings together leading scholars from around the world to provide the first truly international overview of the major developments in twentieth-century Western social thought. Edited and introduced by Bryan S. Turner, this volume aims not only to chart the main thinkers, schools, and movements within contemporary social theory,… See more details below
The Blackwell Companion to Social Theory brings together leading scholars from around the world to provide the first truly international overview of the major developments in twentieth-century Western social thought. Edited and introduced by Bryan S. Turner, this volume aims not only to chart the main thinkers, schools, and movements within contemporary social theory, but also to identify points of convergence and possibly synthesis, particularly between North American and European traditions. The principal focus is on post-classical modern social theory, but while major modern thinkers such as Giddens, Habermas, Lyotard, Luhmann, Foucault, and Derrida are examined, they are situated within the context of a classical tradition which includes Parsons, Garfinkel, Berger, Goffman, Elias, and Mannheim. The 15 chapters of the volume are divided into logically organized sections on the classical foundations, action and system theory, interpretative sociology, post-structuralism and postmodernism, micro and macrosociology, historical and comparative sociology, and the problems of the social. There are separate chapters on feminism, world systems theory, symbolic interactionism and ethnomethodology, critical theory, classical sociology, hermeneutics, action theory, rational choice theory, sociology of space, and cultural sociology.
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Bryan S. Turner is Professor of Sociology at the University of Cambridge. He has held a number of teaching posts: at Flinders University (1982-87), the University of Utrecht (1987-90), the University of Essex (1990-93), and Deakin University (1993-98). He edited The Politics of J-F. Lyotard (with Chris Rojek, 1998), Max Weber: Critical Responses (1999) and The Talcott Parsons Reader (Blackwell, 1999), and he is closely involved with the journals Body & Society (as co-editor) and Citizenship Studies (as editor).
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