The New Social Theory Reader: Contemporary Debates

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This comprehensive reader will give undergraduate students a structure d introduction to the writers and works which have shaped the exciting and yet daunting field of social theory. Throughout the text, key fig ures are placed in debate with each other and the editorial introducti ons give an orienting overview of the main points at stake and the are as of agreement and disagreement between the protagonists. The first s ection sets out some of the main schools of thought, including Haberma s and Honneth on New Critical Theory, Bourdieu and Luhmann on Institut ional Structuralism and Jameson and Hall on Cultural Studies.

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Editorial Reviews

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 (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415188074
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/28/2001
  • 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
Cultural Studies
Pt. 2 The Normative Term
Pt. 3 Post-Disciplinary Debates: Societies
Civil Society
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