The New Social Theory Reader: Contemporary Debates

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Overview

This comprehensive reader will give undergraduate students a structured introduction to the writers and works which have shaped the exciting and yet daunting field of social theory. Throughout the text, key figures are placed in debate with each other and the editorial introductions give an orienting overview of the main points at stake and the areas of agreement and disagreement between the protagonists. The first section sets out some of the main schools of thought, including Habermas and Honneth on New Critical Theory, Bourdieu and Luhmann on Institutional Structuralism and Jameson and Hall on Cultural Studies. Thereafter the reader becomes issues based, looking at:

• Justice and Truth

• Nationalism, Multiculturalism, Globalisation

• gender, sexuality, race, post-coloniality The New Social Theory Reader is an essential companion for students who will not just use it on their theory course but return to it again and again for theoretical foundations for substantive subjects and issues.

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Editorial Reviews

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Aimed at students and scholars in the social sciences and humanities, this reader contains 38 selections from contemporary writers on various aspects of social theory. Some contributions include Foucault on poststructuralism, Seyla Benhabib on feminism and postmodernism, Will Kymlicka on multicultural citizenship, and David Halperin on queer politics. The text places these thinkers in debate with each other in order to give an understanding of current theoretical debates. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415188074
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/28/2001
  • Pages: 424
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Pt. 1 General Theory without Foundations
New Critical Theory
Semiotic-Structuralism
Poststructuralism
Cultural Studies
Pt. 2 The Normative Term
Justice
Ethics
Truth
Pt. 3 Post-Disciplinary Debates: Societies
Postmodernity
Civil Society
Multiculturalism
Nationalism
Globalisation
Nature
Domination/Liberation
Self
Gender
Sexuality
Race
Post-Coloniality
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