Modern Social Theory: An Introduction

Paperback | January 11, 2005

EditorAustin Harrington

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This book provides a comprehensive introduction to the core topics, theories and debates in modern social theory. Fourteen chapters have been written by leading specialists in the field, providing up-to-date guidance on the full sweep of the modern sociological imagination, from the legacies of the classical figures of Marx, Durkheim, Weber, Simmel and Parsons to the work of cutting-edge contemporary theorists. Separate chapters discuss functionalism and its critics, interpretive and interactionist theory, historical social theory, western Marxism, psychoanalytic social theory, structuralism and post-structuralism, structure and agency theory, feminist social theory, postmodernism and its critics, andtheories about globalization.All chapters are supplied with questions for discussion, study boxes, guidance on further reading and useful website addresses. It is ideal for students of sociology and cultural studies pursuing foundational courses in the history and theory of social analysis, and is also accessible for thegeneral reader.

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This book provides a comprehensive introduction to the core topics, theories and debates in modern social theory. Fourteen chapters have been written by leading specialists in the field, providing up-to-date guidance on the full sweep of the modern sociological imagination, from the legacies of the classical figures of Marx, Durkheim,...

Austin Harrington is Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Leeds. He has published three books: Art and Social Theory: Sociological Arguments in Aesthetics, Polity Press, 2004; Hermeneutic Dialogue and Social Science: A Critique of Gadamer and Habermas, Routledge, 2001 and The Protestant Ethic Debate: Max Weber's Replies to his C...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.81 inPublished:January 11, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Austin Harrington: Introduction: What is Social Theory?1. Austin Harrington: Classical Social Theory, I: Contexts and Beginnings2. Antonino Palumbo and Alan Scott: Classical Social Theory, II: Karl Marx and Emile Durkheim3. Gianfranco Poggi: Classical Social Theory, III: Max Weber and Georg Simmel4. John Holmwood: Functionalism and its Critics5. William Outhwaite: Interpretivism and Interactionism6. Dennis Smith: Historical Social Theory7. Douglas Kellner: Western Marxism8. Anthony Elliott: Psychoanalytic Social Theory9. Samantha Ashenden: Structuralism and Post-Structuralism10. Anthony King: Structure and Agency11. Lisa Adkins: Feminist Social Theory12. Barry Smart: Modernity and Postmodernity: Part I13. Gerard Delanty: Modernity and Postmodernity: Part II14. Robert Holton: GlobalizationAustin Harrington: Conclusion: Social Theory for the Twenty-First Century