9780333771495

Poststructuralism and Social Theory

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  • ISBN13:

    9780333771495

  • ISBN10:

    0333771494

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2018-02-12
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
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Summary

This book offers an important and timely overview of structuralist, post-structuralist and postmodern theory, beginning with the intellectual developments of, and main assumptions and concepts in, the thought of Sassure, Levi-Strauss, Barthes, Lacan and Althusser. It examines the shift from structuralism to post-structuralism and postmodernism, charting the critiques of classical structuralism and modernist thinking in the work of key writers such as Foucault, Derrida, Baudrillard, Bauman and Lyotard. Issues of structure, agency and power are debated, as are questions around relativism and analytic method, making this a comprehensive and lively account of this key area of social theory.

Author Biography

DAVID HOWARTH is a Senior Lecturer in Political Theory in the Department of Government at the University of Essex.

Table of Contents

Introduction
The Origins and Assumptions of Structuralism
Structuralism and the Social Sciences
Foucault, Derrida and the Post-Structuralist Turn
Discourse Theory
Postmodernism
Structure, Agency and Power
Questions of Method
Conclusion Introduction
The Origins and Assumptions of Structuralism
Structuralism and the Social Sciences
Foucault, Derrida and the Post-Structuralist Turn
Discourse Theory
Postmodernism
Structure, Agency and Power
Questions of Method
Conclusion
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