Social Theory Now by Claudio E. BenzecrySocial Theory Now by Claudio E. Benzecry

Social Theory Now

EditorClaudio E. Benzecry, Monika Krause, Isaac Ariail Reed

Paperback | August 14, 2017

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The landscape of social theory has changed significantly over the three decades since the publication of Anthony Giddens and Jonathan Turner’s seminal Social Theory Today. Sociologists in the twenty-first century desperately need a new agenda centered around central questions of social theory. In Social Theory Now, Claudio E. Benzecry, Monika Krause, and Isaac Ariail Reed set a new course for sociologists, bringing together contributions from the most distinctive?sociological?traditions?in an ambitious survey of where social theory is today and where it might be going.

The book?provides a strategic window onto social theory based on current research, examining trends in classical traditions and the cutting edge of more recent approaches. From distinctive theoretical positions, contributors address questions about?how social order is accomplished; the role of materiality, practice, and meaning; as well as the conditions for the knowledge of the social world. The theoretical traditions presented include cultural sociology, microsociologies, world-system theory and post-colonial theory, gender and feminism, actor network and network theory, systems theory, field theory, rational choice, poststructuralism, pragmatism, and the sociology of conventions. Each chapter introduces a tradition and presents an agenda for further theoretical development. Social Theory Now is an essential tool for sociologists. It will be central to the discussion and teaching of contemporary social theory?for years to come.
Claudio E. Benzecry is associate professor of communication studies and sociology (by courtesy) at Northwestern University. He is the author of The Opera Fanatic: Ethnography of an Obsession, also published by the University of Chicago Press. Monika Krause teaches sociology at the London School of Economics. She is the author of The Go...
Title:Social Theory NowFormat:PaperbackDimensions:416 pages, 9 × 6 × 1 inPublished:August 14, 2017Publisher:University of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Social Theory Now
Claudio E. Benzecry, Monika Krause, and Isaac Ariail Reed

1 On the Very Idea of Cultural Sociology
Isaac Ariail Reed

2 Varieties of Microsociology
Claudio E. Benzecry and Daniel Winchester

3 Globalizing Gender
Dorit Geva

4 World Capitalism, World Hegemony, World Empires
Ho-Fung Hung

5 Postcolonial Thought as Social Theory
Julian Go

6 On the Frontiers of Rational Choice
Ivan Ermakoff

7 Systems in Social Theory
Dirk Baecker

8 The Patterns in Between: “Field” as a Conceptual Variable
Monika Krause

9 Poststructuralism Today
Claire Laurier Decoteau

10 Networks and Network Theory: Possible Directions for Unification
Emily Erikson

11 Actor-Network Theory
Javier Lezaun

12 The Sociology of Conventions and Testing
Jörg Potthast

13 Norms and Mental Imagery
Neil Gross and Zachary Hyde

List of Contributors

Editorial Reviews

“There is something about the range of topics and the serious engagement in the voices of the authors that helps me see why people doing “social theory now” get excited about these ideas and perspectives, gives me a more precise idea of their contours, and leaves me thinking about new directions of inquiry. . .Because of the range of contemporary approaches covered, it will be essential reading for anyone wishing to become better informed.”