Social Theory in the Twentieth Century and Beyond

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Polity, 11 Ιαν 2010 - 319 σελίδες
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This revised edition of Patrick Baert's widely acclaimed Social Theory in the Twentieth Century, now benefitting from the collaboration of Filipe Carreira da Silva has been brought right up-to-date with cutting-edge developments in social theory today. It offers an easy-to-read but provocative account of the development of social theory, covering a range of key figures and classic schools of thought. The authors bridge the gap between philosophy and social theory, locating the theoretical views of individuals such as Michel Foucault, Anthony Giddens and J?rgen Habermas within wider historical traditions.

The revised edition includes new material on actor-network theory, French pragmatist sociology and cultural sociology, and discusses contemporary social thinker such as Zygmunt Bauman, Ulrich Beck, Manuel Castells, Randall Collins, Michael Mann, Saskia Sassen and Theda Skocpol. The authors conclude with a bold, new pragmatist agenda for social theory and the social sciences.

Written in a lively style, and avoiding jargon, Social Theory in the Twentieth Century and Beyond is aimed at students who wish to gain an understanding of the main debates and dilemmas driving social theory. Like its predecessor, it will be a standard introduction to modern social theory for students in sociology, politics and anthropology.

  

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Introduction
1
Our agenda
8
One Hundred Years of French Social Theory From Structuralism to Pragmatism
12
The Biological Metaphor Functionalism and Neofunctionalism
52
The Enigma of Everyday Life Symbolic Interactionism the Dramaturgical Approach and Ethnomethodology
90
The Invasion of Economic Man From Rational Choice Theory to the New Institutionalism
125
Sociology Meets History Giddenss Theory of Modernity
155
The History of the Present Foucaults Archaeology and Genealogy
185
The Spread of Reason Habermass Critical Theory and Beyond
215
A Brave New World? The Empirical Turn in Social Theory
248
Conclusion Social Theory for the TwentyFirst Century
285
Notes
308
Index
311
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Patrick Baert is Director of Studies in Social and Political Sciences at King's College, Cambridge.

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