The New Social Theory Reader: Contemporary Debates

The New Social Theory Reader: Contemporary Debates

by Steven Seidman, Jeffrey C. Alexander
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415188075

ISBN-13: 9780415188074

Pub. Date: 07/28/2001

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

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

Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415188074
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
07/28/2001
Pages:
424
Product dimensions:
10.00(w) x 7.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgementsxi
Introduction1
Part 1General theory without foundations
New Critical Theory
1Contributions To A Discourse Theory Of Law And Democracy30
2Personal Identity And Disrespect39
Semiotic Structuralism
3Historical Metaphors And Mythical Realities47
4On Ethnographic Allegory56
Poststructuralism
5Power/Knowledge69
6Hegemony: The Genealogy Of A Concept76
Cultural Studies
7Cultural Studies88
8The Political Unconscious: Narrative As A Socially Symbolic Act101
Part 2The normative turn
Justice
9A Defense Of Pluralism And Equality112
10Political Liberalism123
Ethics
11Whose Justice? Which Rationality?130
12Postmodern Ethics138
Truth
13Pragmatism, Relativism, And Irrationalism147
14Feminism And The Question Of Postmodernism156
Part 3Postdisciplinary debates: societies
Postmodernity
15The Postmodern Condition166
16The Condition Of Postmodernity176
Civil Society
17The Utopia Of Civil Society185
18The Binary Discourse Of Civil Society193
Multiculturalism
19Justice And The Politics Of Difference203
20Multicultural Citizenship212
Nationalism
21Imagined Communities: Reflections On The Origin And Spread Of Nationalism224
22Nationalism Reframed: Nationhood And The National Question In The New Europe231
Globalisation
23Dimensions Of Globalisation245
24Disjuncture And Difference In The Global Cultural Economy253
Nature
25Ecological Questions In A Framework Of Manufactured Uncertainties267
26The Biopolitics Of Postmodern Bodies276
Domination/Liberation
27From Redistribution To Recognition? Dilemmas Of Justice In A 'Postsocialist' Age285
28Queer Politics294
Part 4Postdisciplinary debates: identities
Self
29Individualism And Commitment In American Life306
30The Making Of Modern Identity315
Gender
31The Theoretical Subject(s) Of This Bridge Called My Back And Anglo-American Feminism322
32Imitation And Gender Insubordination333
Sexuality
33Theorizing Hetero- And Homosexuality347
34From Identity To Queer Politics: Shifts In Normative Heterosexuality353
Race
35African Identities362
36Racial Formation371
Postcoloniality
37Orientalism384
38The Other Question: Stereotype, Discrimination And The Discourse Of Colonialism388
Index403

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