The Blackwell Companion to Social Theory

The Blackwell Companion to Social Theory

by 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

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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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"This is an unrivalled collection of essays on social theory from the classical to the postmodern period. It keeps one up to date without abandoning the foundational issues that tie society, politics, culture, gender, and race. Each contributor has fashioned a remarkably responsible account of the topic at hand along with invaluable bibliographic guides." – John O'Neill, York University, Toronto

"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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780631184010
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
09/28/1996
Series:
Wiley Blackwell Companions to Sociology Series
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
512
Product dimensions:
6.76(w) x 9.66(h) x 1.15(d)

Meet the Author

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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