The Blackwell Companion to Social Theory

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The Blackwell Companion to Social Theory

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The Blackwell Companion to Social Theory brings together leading scholars from around the world to provide the first truly international overview of the major developments in twentieth-century Western social thought.
Edited and introduced by Bryan S. Turner, this volume aims not only to chart the main thinkers, schools, and movements within contemporary social theory, but also to identify points of convergence and possibly synthesis, particularly between North American and European traditions.
The principal focus is on post-classical modern social theory, but while major modern thinkers such as Giddens, Habermas, Lyotard, Luhmann, Foucault, and Derrida are examined, they are situated within the context of a classical tradition which includes Parsons, Garfinkel, Berger, Goffman, Elias, and Mannheim. The 15 chapters of the volume are divided into logically organized sections on the classical foundations, action and system theory, interpretative sociology, post-structuralism and postmodernism, micro and macrosociology, historical and comparative sociology, and the problems of the social. There are separate chapters on feminism, world systems theory, symbolic interactionism and ethnomethodology, critical theory, classical sociology, hermeneutics, action theory, rational choice theory, sociology of space, and cultural sociology.

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The Blackwell Companion to Social Theory, Second Edition, builds on the success of the highly regarded first edition by adding four completely new chapters on the foundations of social theory, anthropology, phenomenology, and sociology of the body. Retained material from the first edition has been revised, extended, and updated, and coverage of feminism expanded into two chapters on second-wave feminism and contemporary feminist theory.

The book guides the student and scholar through the vast array of approaches and frameworks that shape contemporary analysis of social reality. The principal focus is on post-classical modern social theory, but while major post-classical thinkers such as Habermas, Foucault and Derrida are examined, they appear within the context of a classical tradition developed by figures such as Parsons, Goffman and Elias. Organized by themes rather than theorists, 18 essays by the world's leading social theorists provide insights to the traditions of classical social thought as well as the major debates and developments in contemporary social theory. Extensive bibliographies, meanwhile, provide a guide to the current literature.

About the Author:

Bryan S. Turner is Professor of Sociology at the University of Cambridge. He has held a number of teaching posts: at Flinders University (1982-87), the University of Utrecht (1987-90), the University of Essex (1990-93), and Deakin University (1993-98). He edited The Politics of J-F. Lyotard (with Chris Rojek, 1998), Max Weber: Critical Responses (1999) and The Talcott Parsons Reader (Blackwell, 1999), and he is closely involved with the journals Body & Society (as co-editor) and Citizenship Studies (as editor).

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