Thinking the Unthinkable: The Riddles of Classical Social Theories / Edition 1

Thinking the Unthinkable: The Riddles of Classical Social Theories / Edition 1

by Charles Lemert
     
 

In the eloquent style for which he has become famous, Charles Lemert writes of social theory as no one else. Thinking the Unthinkable is offered as text for instruction, yet it defies the prevailing assumption that social theory is a method for clarifying the facts of social life.

Lemert shows how social theory began late in the 19th century as a struggle

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In the eloquent style for which he has become famous, Charles Lemert writes of social theory as no one else. Thinking the Unthinkable is offered as text for instruction, yet it defies the prevailing assumption that social theory is a method for clarifying the facts of social life.

Lemert shows how social theory began late in the 19th century as a struggle to come to terms with the failure of modern reason to solve the social problems created by the capitalist world-system. Since then, social theory has developed through twists and turns to think and rethink this Unthinkable. Hence the surprising innovations of recent years - postmodern, queer, postcolonial, third-wave feminist, risk theories, among others arising in the wake of globalization. Once again, Lemert has made the difficult clear in a book that students and other readers will treasure and keep.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781594511868
Publisher:
Paradigm Publishers
Publication date:
04/28/2007
Series:
Great Barrington Bks.
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Preface

PART I: WHAT IS SOCIAL THEORY? Total Destruction, Bead Lust, and Other Unreasonable Social Things
Chapter 1: The Impossible Reasons of Modern Civilizations
Chapter 2: Social Theory and Modernity's Unthinkable
Chapter 3: Social Violence as the Bread Lust of the Unthinkable
Chapter 4: Five Ways to Skin a Cat: Modernity's Five Riddles

PART II: UNTHINKABLE SOCIAL THINGS Five Solutions to the Riddle of the Defiant Darkness, 1848-1914
Light and Dark
Chapter 5: Revolutionary Reasons: Karl Marx and the Melting of Solid Modernity
Chapter 6: Rationality's Double-Bind: Max Weber and Modernity's Threat to Human Spirit
Chapter 7: The Reasonable hope of a Social Bond: Emile Durkheim and Modern Man's Trouble with Conflict
Riddles and Realities
Chapter 8: Perverse Reasons: Sigmund Freud and the Discontents of Conscious Life
Chapter 9: Unreasonable Differences: Charlotte Perkins Gilman and the Logic of the Feminist Standpoint

PART III: THE EXILED OTHERS THINK THE UNTHINKABLE The Classic Solutions Encounter Differences and Possibilities
Unthinkable Variations on the Classic Riddles: W. E. B. Du Bois, Anna Julia Cooper, Georg Simmel, and Ferdinand de Saussure
Chapter 10: Beyond the Double Blind: W. E. B. Du Bois and the Gift of Second-Sight
Chapter 11: A Revolutionary Social Bond: Anna Julia Cooper and the Colored Woman's Office
Chapter 12: The Strange Social Benefits of Conflict: Georg Simmel and Modern Wandering
Chapter 13: The Social Structure of Meanings: Ferdinand de Saussure and the Arbitrary Sign
Violence, War, and the Short Twentieth Century, 1914-1991
Chapter 14: The Unfolding of Social Theory in the Unraveling of the Twentieth Century into the Twenty-First

Bibliographic Essay and Other Acknowledgments
Index
About the Author

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