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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
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|
|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|
|The Return of Empire?|
|Epilogue: Social Theory Today|
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