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French Post-War Social Theory: International Knowledge Transfer / Edition 1

French Post-War Social Theory: International Knowledge Transfer / Edition 1

by Derek Robbins


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French Post-War Social Theory: International Knowledge Transfer / Edition 1

French social and philosophical thought has played a very significant role in the development of European and American social theory. This detailed, timely book provides a map of the production and reception of French social thought within a global sociological context. Critically comparing the work of five key theorists Derek Robbins examines how their ideas were produced and received before persuasively setting out the key differences between their philosophical and ideological positions. The book sensitively traces the cross-currents of social theory and confidently leads the reader through the complex foundations of Western social thought. Each chapter represents a textual analysis of the production of a critical intellectual and focuses upon the work of Althusser, Foucault, Aron, Lyotard, and Bourdieu.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780761949725
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Publication date: 12/06/2011
Series: Published in association with Theory, Culture & Society Series
Pages: 216
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Derek Robbins is Professor of International Social Theory in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of East London. He is the author of The Work of Pierre Bourdieu (1991) and of Bourdieu and Culture (2000); the editor of the 4-volume collection of articles on Bourdieu in the Sage Masters of Contemporary Social Thought series (2000) and of a 3-volume collection of articles on Lyotard in the same series (2004). His On Bourdieu, Education and Society was published by Bardwell Press in July, 2006, and he was the editor of the Special issue of Theory, Culture and Society on Bourdieu which was published as 23 (6) in November, 2006. In 2007-8 he was in receipt of an ESRC award to study the work of Jean-Claude Passeron, and he has written an introduction to a translation of Passeron's Le raisonnement sociologique which will be published in 2011 by Bardwell Press, Oxford, as Sociological Reasoning. As Directeur associé in the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris and Marseille in 2009-10 he gave courses on the comparative epistemology of the social sciences, and he is currently exploring the influence of Husserl on 20th Century French social theory, particularly in relation to the development of the thought of Lyotard and Bourdieu.

Table of Contents

Raymond Aron (1905-83)
Louis Althusser (1918-90)
Michel Foucault (1926-84)
Jean-François Lyotard (1924-98)
Pierre Bourdieu (1930-2002)
Preliminary Concluding Comments

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