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Contested Knowledge : Social Theory Today



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Contested Knowledge is a well-established text offering up-to-date perspectives on social theory by one of the most important thinkers of our time. This fourth edition includes an exploration of globalization and a new section on the theories of global and world order. It provides a thoughtful and rigorous, yet highly accessible and reader-friendly account of social theory. Responds to current issues, debates, and new social movements Reviews sociological theory from a truly contemporary perspective Examines both classical and contemporary theories Combines social analysis and moral advocacy to demonstrate how social theory contributes to the making of a better world Challenges social scientists to renew their commitment to the important moral and political role social knowledge plays in public life A thoughtful and rigorous, yet highly accessible and reader-friendly account of social theory

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

The Rise of the Classical Tradition:Introduction
The Idea of a Science of Society: The Enlightenment and Auguste Comte
The Revolutionary Theory of
The Promise of Sociology
The Ironic Social Theory of
Rethinking the Classical Tradition: American Sociology:Introduction
The Grand Theory of Talcott Parsons and of
The Scientific Theory of
The Moral Sociology of
Rethinking the Classical Tradition: European Theory:Introduction
The Critical Theory of Jurgen Habermas
Stuart Hall and British Cultural Studies
The Critical Sociology of
Revisions and Revolts: The Postmodern Turn:Introduction
Post-Structural Theory
Michel Foucault's Disciplinary Society
Zygmunt Bauman's Sociology of Postmodernity
Revisions and Revolts: Identity Politics and Theory:Introduction
Feminist and Gender Theory
Critical Race Theory
Lesbian, Gay, and Queer Theory
Colonial Discourse Studies
Revisions and Revolts: Theories of World Order:Introduction
From Nation to Global Order
Global Capitalism
The Return of Empire?
Epilogue: Social Theory Today
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