Understanding Contemporary Society: Theories of the Present / Edition 1

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Understanding Contemporary Society: Theories of the Present is a comprehensive textbook to guide students through the complexities of social theory today. Over 30 chapters, written by an international team of contributors, demonstrate clearly the practical applications of social theory in helping students to make sense of the modern world. Students are introduced to the most significant theories and guided through the major social developments which have shaped our lives.

Key features of the book are:

· Clearly structured and readable prose

· Bullet-pointed summaries and annotated further reading for each topic

· It makes complex issues accessible to undergraduates

· It focuses on relevance and practicality

· Chapter lay-out which is ideal for teaching and seminar readings

This book will be essential in helping students to understand society today.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761959267
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 2/28/2000
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 520
  • Product dimensions: 6.81 (w) x 9.42 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Gary Browning is Professor in Political Theory for Oxford Brookes University. He joined the Department in September 1991. He lectures on political theory, teaching undergraduate courses on political thought, democracy, freedom, justice and the community and on global political theory on the Masters programme in International Politics.

Professor Frank Webster comes from a small coal-mining village in the south west of County Durham in North East England. He attended Coundon Junior School from 1956-62 and Spennymoor Secondary School from 1962-69, then read Sociology at the University of Durham (BA, MA, 1972, 1974). He completed his formal studies at the London School of Economics (LSE, PhD 1978

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Table of Contents

Theory, Theorists and Themes - Gary Browning, Abigail Halcli and Frank Webster
A User's Guide to Understanding the Present
Postmodernism - Christopher Norris
A Guide for the Perplexed
Post-Feminism - Mich[gr]ele Barrett
Post-History - Krishan Kumar
Living at the End
Post-Marxism - Terrell Carver
Post-Colonialism and Beyond - Don Robotham
Reflexive Modernization - Ted Benton
Narrative - Susan Stephenson
Rational Choice Theory - John Scott
Complexity Theory - Tim Blackman
Contemporary Liberalism - Gary Browning
Democracy - Nick Hewlett
Liberal and Direct
Communitarianism - Elizabeth Frazer
New Thinking in International Relations - Kimberly Hutchings
Utopia and Dystopia - Stephen Crook
Post-Modernity - David Lyon
Globalization - Barrie Axford
Restructuring - Andy Kilmister
Cities in the Global Economy - Saskia Sassen
Cultural Studies - Rick Maxwell
Intellectuals - Carl Boggs
Higher Education - Frank Webster
Mass Communication - Kaarle Nordenstreng
The Web - Vincent Mosco
Nationalism - Murray Low
Islam - Sarah Ansari
Cultural Pluralism Today - Avigail Eisenberg
Families and Households - Mary Maynard
The Body - Chris Shilling
Intimate Choices - Ken Plummer
Environmentalism - David Pepper
Social Movements - Abigail Halcli
Social Inequalities - Harriet Bradley
Coming to Terms with Complexity
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