9780761958406

Handbook of Social Theory

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    9780761958406

  • ISBN10:

    0761958401

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2001-03-20
  • Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd
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Summary

This book is an indispensable resource for anyone interested in the roots, current debates and future development of social theory. It draws together a team of outstanding international scholars and presents an authoritative and panoramic critical survey of the field.The volume is divided into three parts. The first part examines the classical tradition. Included here are critical discussions of Comte, Spencer, Marx, Durkheim, Weber, Simmel, Mead, Freud, Mannheim and classical feminist thought. This part conveys the classical tradition as a living resource in social theory, it demonstrates not only the critical significance of classical writings, but their continuing relevance.The second part moves on to examine the terrain of contemporary social theory. The contributions discuss the significance and strengths and weaknesses of structural functionalism, recent Marxian theory, critical theory, symbolic interactionism, phenomenology, ethnomethodology, exchange theory, rational choice, contemporary feminism, multiculturalism, postmodernism, the thought of Foucault and Habermas, and figurational sociology. The reader gains a comprehensive and informed picture of the key issues and central figures of the day.The final part ranges over the key debates in current social theory. Questions relating to positivism, metatheorizing, cultural studies, consumption, sexualities, the body, globalism, nationalism, socialism, knowledge societies, ethics and morality, as well as post-social relations are fully discussed. The dilemmas and promise of contemporary social theory are revealed with pinpoint accuracy.

Table of Contents

List of contributors
viii
Introduction: Theorists, Theories and Theorizing
1(10)
George Ritzer
Barry Smart
Part One CLASSICAL SOCIAL THEORY 11(128)
Modernity, Enlightenment, Revolution and Romanticism: Creating Social Theory
13(17)
John Rundell
The Origins of Positivism: The Contributions of Auguste Comte and Herbert Spencer
30(13)
Jonathan H. Turner
Maintaining Marx
43(11)
Gregor McLennan
Max Weber: Work and Interpretation
54(12)
Sam Whimster
The Continuing Relevance of Georg Simmel: Staking Out A new the Field of Sociology
66(13)
Birgitta Nedelmann
Durkheim's Project for a Sociological Science
79(10)
Mike Gane
The Emergence of the New: Mead's Theory and its Contemporary Potential
89(11)
Hans Joas
Karl Mannheim and the Sociology of Knowledge
100(12)
David Kettler
Volker Meja
Psychoanalysis and Sociology: From Freudo-Marxism to Freudo-Feminism
112(13)
John O'Neill
Classical Feminist Social Theory
125(14)
Patricia Madoo Lengermann
Jill Niebrugge-Brantley
Part Two CONTEMPORARY SOCIAL THEORY 139(230)
Functional, Conflict and Neofunctional Theories
141(11)
Mark Abrahamson
Talcott Parsons: Conservative Apologist or Irreplaceable Icon?
152(11)
Robert J. Holton
Nietzsche: Social Theory in the Twilight of the Millennium
163(16)
Robert J. Antonio
Critical Theory
179(22)
Craig Calhoun
Joseph Karaganis
Jurgen habermas' Theory of Communicative Action: An Incomplete Project
201(16)
Richard Harvey Brown
Douglas Goodman
Symbolic Interactionism at the End of the Century
217(15)
Kent L. Sandstrom
Daniel D. Martin
Gary Alan Fine
Phenomenology and Social Theory
232(17)
Harvie Ferguson
Fundamentals of Ethnomethodology
249(11)
Wes Sharrock
Theories of Social Exchange and Exchange Networks
260(13)
Linda D. Molm
Sociological Rational Choice
273(12)
Douglas D. Heckathorn
Contemporary Feminist Theory
285(12)
Mary F. Rogers
Multiculturalism
297(11)
Charles Lemert
Social Theory and the Postmodern
308(16)
Stephen Crook
Michel Foucault: `A Man in Danger'
324(15)
Mitchell Dean
The Macro/Micro Problem and the Problem of Structure and Agency
339(14)
Barry Barnes
Norbert Elias and Process Sociology
353(16)
Robert van Krieken
Part Three ISSUES IN SOCIAL THEORY 369(169)
Positivism in the Twentieth Century
371(15)
Peter Halfpenny
Metatheorizing in Sociology
386(9)
Shanyang Zhao
Cultural Studies and Social Theory: A Critical Intervention
395(15)
Douglas Kellner
Theories of Consumption
410(18)
George Ritzer
Douglas Goodman
Wendy Wiedenhoft
Sexualities: Social Theory and the Crisis of Identity
428(11)
Anthony Elliott
The Embodied Foundations of Social Theory
439(19)
Chris Shilling
Globalization Theory 2000+: Major Problematics
458(14)
Roland Robertson
Nationalism: Between Nation and State
472(13)
Gerard Delanty
Socialism: Modern Hopes, Postmodern Shadows
485(9)
Peter Beilharz
Modern Societies as Knowledge Societies
494(15)
Nico Stehr
Sociology, Morality and Ethics: On Being With Others
509(11)
Barry Smart
Postsocial Relations: Theorizing Sociality in a Postsocial Environment
520(18)
Karin Knorr Cetina
Index 538

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