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Postmodernism and Social Theory / Edition 1

Postmodernism and Social Theory / Edition 1

by Steven Seidman, David G. Wagner


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ISBN-13: 9781557862846
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 04/16/1992
Edition description: Abridged
Pages: 392
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Steven Seidman, Professor of Sociology at State University of New York at Albany, writes extensively in the areas of social theory, cultural sociology and sexual politics. He also wrote Contested Knowledge .

Table of Contents

List of Contributorsvii
Part IToward Postmodernism: Reconfiguring Theory and Politics
1General Social Theory, Irony, Postmodernism17
2Postmodern Social Theory as Narrative with a Moral Intent47
3On the Postmodern Barricades: Feminism, Politics, and Theory82
4The Strange Life and Hard Times of the Concept of General Theory in Sociology: A Short History of Hope101
Part IICritics of Postmodernism: In Defense of Scientific Theory
5Defending Social Science against the Postmodern Doubt137
6The Promise of Positivism156
7The Confusion of the Modes of Sociology179
8Daring Modesty: On Metatheory, Observation, and Theory Growth199
Part IIIBetween Modernism and Postmodernism: Toward a Contextualizing General Theory
9Social Science and Society as Discourse: Toward a Sociology for Civic Competence223
10Culture, History, and the Problem of Specificity in Social Theory244
11The Tensions of Critical Theory: Is Negative Dialectics All There Is?289
12General Theory in the Postpositivist Mode: The "Epistemological Dilemma" and the Search for Present Reason322
Name Index369
Subject Index376

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