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In the fifth edition Contested Knowledge, social theorist Steven Seidman presents the latest topics in social theory and addresses the current shift of 'universalist theorists' to networks of clustered debates. Responds to current issues, debates, and new social movements Reviews sociological theory from a contemporary perspective Reveals how the universal theorist and the era of rival schools has been replaced by networks of clustered debates that are relatively 'autonomous' and interdisciplinary Features updates and in-depth discussions of the newest clustered debates in social theory-intimacy, postcolonial nationalism, and the concept of 'the other' Challenges social scientists to renew their commitment to the important moral and political role social knowledge plays in public life
Steven Seidman is Professor of Sociology at State University of New York at Albany. He is a world-renowned social theorist working in the areas of social theory, culture, sexuality, comparative sociology, theory of democracy, nationalism, and globalization. He is the author and editor of several books, including Embattled Eros: Sexual Politics and Ethics in Contemporary America (1992), The Postmodern Turn: New Perspectives on Social Theory (editor, 1995), Queer Theory/Sociology (Blackwell, 1996), The New Social Theory Reader: Contemporary Debates (edited with Jeffrey C. Alexander, 2001), and Beyond the Closet: The Transformation of Gay and Lesbian Life (2002).
Table of Contents
|The Rise of the Classical Tradition||p. 7|
|Introduction to Part I||p. 9|
|The Idea of a Science of Society: The Enlightenment and Auguste Comte||p. 11|
|The Revolutionary Theory of Karl Marx||p. 22|
|The Promise of Sociology: Emile Durkheim||p. 36|
|The Ironic Social Theory of Max Weber||p. 48|
|Afterword to Part I||p. 61|
|Rethinking the Classical Tradition: American Sociology||p. 65|
|Introduction to Part II||p. 67|
|The Grand Theory of Talcott Parsons, Peter Berger, and Thomas Luckmann||p. 70|
|The Scientific Theory of Randall Collins and Peter Blau||p. 86|
|The Moral Sociology of C. Wright Mills and Robert Bellah||p. 97|
|Afterword to Part II||p. 113|
|Rethinking the Classical Tradition: European Theory||p. 115|
|Introduction to Part III||p. 117|
|The Critical Theory of Jürgen Habermas||p. 119|
|Stuart Hall and British Cultural Studies||p. 132|
|The Critical Sociology of Anthony Giddens and Pierre Bourdieu||p. 140|
|Afterword to Part III||p. 152|
|Revisions and Revolts:The Postmodern Turn||p. 155|
|Introduction to Part IV||p. 157|
|The Postmodern World of Jacques Derrida, Jean-Francois Lyotard, and Jean Baudrillard||p. 159|
|Michel Foucault's Disciplinary Society||p. 175|
|Zygmunt Bauman's Sociology of Postmodernity||p. 188|
|Afterword to Part IV||p. 197|
|Revisions and Revolts: Identity Politics and Theory||p. 201|
|Introduction to Part V||p. 203|
|Feminist Theory/Masculinity Studies||p. 205|
|Critical Race Theory/White Studies||p. 226|
|Lesbian, Gay, and Queer Theory/Heterosexual Studies||p. 239|
|Colonial Discourse Studies||p. 254|
|Afterword to Part V||p. 263|
|Revisions and Revolts: Theories of World Order||p. 267|
|Introduction to Part VI||p. 269|
|From Nation to Globe: David Held and Mary Kaldor||p. 271|
|Global Capitalism: Immanuel Wallerstein and Manuel Castells||p. 281|
|The Return of Empire? Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri, David Harvey and Michael Mann||p. 290|
|Afterword to Part VI||p. 300|
|The Rise of Postdisciplinary Theory||p. 303|
|Introduction to Part VII||p. 305|
|Theories of "the Other"||p. 307|
|Intimate Life in the "West"||p. 318|
|Nationalism and the Crisis of Postcolonial Nations||p. 330|
|Afterword to Part VII||p. 342|
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