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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sociological theory from a contemporary perspective Reveals how the universal theorist and the era of rival schools has been replaced by networks of clustered debates that are relatively 'autonomous' and interdisciplinary Features updates and in-depth discussions of the newest clustered debates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

Author Biography

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

Prefacep. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. x
Introductionp. 1
The Rise of the Classical Traditionp. 7
Introduction to Part Ip. 9
The Idea of a Science of Society: The Enlightenment and Auguste Comtep. 11
The Revolutionary Theory of Karl Marxp. 22
The Promise of Sociology: Emile Durkheimp. 36
The Ironic Social Theory of Max Weberp. 48
Afterword to Part Ip. 61
Rethinking the Classical Tradition: American Sociologyp. 65
Introduction to Part IIp. 67
The Grand Theory of Talcott Parsons, Peter Berger, and Thomas Luckmannp. 70
The Scientific Theory of Randall Collins and Peter Blaup. 86
The Moral Sociology of C. Wright Mills and Robert Bellahp. 97
Afterword to Part IIp. 113
Rethinking the Classical Tradition: European Theoryp. 115
Introduction to Part IIIp. 117
The Critical Theory of Jürgen Habermasp. 119
Stuart Hall and British Cultural Studiesp. 132
The Critical Sociology of Anthony Giddens and Pierre Bourdieup. 140
Afterword to Part IIIp. 152
Revisions and Revolts:The Postmodern Turnp. 155
Introduction to Part IVp. 157
The Postmodern World of Jacques Derrida, Jean-Francois Lyotard, and Jean Baudrillardp. 159
Michel Foucault's Disciplinary Societyp. 175
Zygmunt Bauman's Sociology of Postmodernityp. 188
Afterword to Part IVp. 197
Revisions and Revolts: Identity Politics and Theoryp. 201
Introduction to Part Vp. 203
Feminist Theory/Masculinity Studiesp. 205
Critical Race Theory/White Studiesp. 226
Lesbian, Gay, and Queer Theory/Heterosexual Studiesp. 239
Colonial Discourse Studiesp. 254
Afterword to Part Vp. 263
Revisions and Revolts: Theories of World Orderp. 267
Introduction to Part VIp. 269
From Nation to Globe: David Held and Mary Kaldorp. 271
Global Capitalism: Immanuel Wallerstein and Manuel Castellsp. 281
The Return of Empire? Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri, David Harvey and Michael Mannp. 290
Afterword to Part VIp. 300
The Rise of Postdisciplinary Theoryp. 303
Introduction to Part VIIp. 305
Theories of "the Other"p. 307
Intimate Life in the "West"p. 318
Nationalism and the Crisis of Postcolonial Nationsp. 330
Afterword to Part VIIp. 342
Indexp. 345
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