Sociological Theory In Transition Rle Social Theory

Author: Mark L. Wardell
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317651006
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Sociological Theory In Transition Rle Social Theory from the Author: Mark L. Wardell. Current sociological theories appear to have lost their general persuasiveness in part because, unlike the theories of the ‘classical era’, they fail to maintain an integrated stance toward society, and the practical role that sociology plays in society. The authors explore various facets of this failure and possibilities for reconstructing sociological theories as integrated wholes capable of conveying a moral and political immediacy. They discuss the evolution of several concepts (for example, the social, structure, and self) and address the significant disputes (for example, structuralism versus humanism, and individual versus society) that have dominated twentieth-century sociological thought. Their ideas and analyses are directed towards an audience of students and theorists who are coming to terms with the project of sociological theory, and its relationship with moral discourses and political practice. The authors of these essays are sociological theorists from the United States, the United Kingdom and Canada. They are all established, but not ‘establishment’ authors. The book contains no orthodoxies, and no answers. However, the essays do contribute to identifying the range of issues that will constitute the agenda for the next generation of sociological theorists.

Changing Theories

Author: Black Hawk Hancock
Publisher: University of Toronto Press
ISBN: 9780802096821
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Changing Theories from the Author: Black Hawk Hancock. "This is exactly what we need for contemporary theory courses. Hancock and Garner brilliantly dissect the four most eminent theorists who will continue to define the future of sociological theory well into the twenty-first century." - Ron Mize, Cornell University

Social Theory Volume Ii

Author: Roberta Garner
Publisher: University of Toronto Press
ISBN: 1442607386
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Social Theory Volume Ii from the Author: Roberta Garner. The organization of this popular social theory reader, which pairs classical articles with contemporary theoretical and empirical studies, highlights the historical flow of social theory and demonstrates how disagreements and confrontations shape theory over time. Written in clear, down-to-earth language, the introductions to each selection link theorists to one another, illustrating how theoretical traditions are not rigidly separate but are always in conversation, addressing and challenging each other. Volume II: From Modern To Contemporary Theory uses key transitional theorists to illustrate how contemporary theory emerged from the past. New chapters on race, on culture, and on media, as well as a significantly reworked gender chapter deepen coverage. As well, new contextual and biographical materials surround each reading and each chapter includes a study guide with key terms and innovative discussion questions and classroom exercises. The result is a volume of readings that offers instructors flexibility in how they approach teaching, and students an affordable and accessible introduction to the most important contemporary social theorists.

R D Laing His Work And Its Relevance For Sociology Rle Social Theory

Author: Martin Howarth-Williams
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317651235
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R D Laing His Work And Its Relevance For Sociology Rle Social Theory from the Author: Martin Howarth-Williams. This study, by a sociologist, provides the most rigorous and comprehensive review to appear so far of R. D. Laing's work and theoretical development. Martin Howarth-Williams considers that Laing's insights into such controversial issues as the divided self and the politics of the family are of an importance that transcends their basis in clinical psychiatry and that they have a special significance for sociology. Using the Progressive/Regressive Method of Jean-Paul Sartre, the author illuminates the internal coherence of Laing's aims through the various stages of his work and shows how his ideas are shaped by consistent philosophic presuppositions and influences underlying his work. To give as complete an account as possible of Laing's interests and to relate them to the broad stream of his thought, the author explores Laing's involvement in other non-psychiatric realms – especially politics, religion and eastern mysticism. Material has been secured from a wide variety of recent sources which include interviews, films, TV appearances and the author's own personal recollections of informal talks given by Laing. In the final section of the book Martin Howarth-Williams isolates the concept of 'Intelligibility', which he demonstrates to be the unifying theme central to Laing's theory and shows how this can be used as the basis for a critique of recent developments in sociological theory as well as a starting point towards a genuinely dialectical sociology.

Alain Touraine

Author: Jon Clark Dean of Social Sciences, University of Southampton
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317827155
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Alain Touraine from the Author: Jon Clark Dean of Social Sciences, University of Southampton. First published in 2004. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Foundations Of Social Theory

Author: James S. Coleman
Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 9780674312265
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Foundations Of Social Theory from the Author: James S. Coleman. Arguably the most important contribution to social theory in fifty years, James Coleman's "Foundations" erects a unified conceptual structure, capable of describing and quantifying both stability and change in social systems. Elegantly reasoned, this rich theory also provides a foundation for linking individual, organizational, and societal behavior.

Contemporary Introduction To Sociology

Author: Jeffrey C. Alexander
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317264991
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Contemporary Introduction To Sociology from the Author: Jeffrey C. Alexander. The first edition of A Contemporary Introduction to Sociology was the first truly new introductory sociology textbook in decades. Written by two leading sociologists at the cutting edge of theory and research, the text reflected the idioms and interests of contemporary American life and global social issues. The second edition continues to invite students to reflect upon their lives within the context of the combustible leap from modern to postmodern life. The authors show how culture is central to understanding many world problems as they challenge readers to confront the risks and potentialities of a postmodern era in which the futures of both the physical and social environment seem uncertain. As culture rapidly changes in the 21st century, the authors have broadened their analysis to cover developments in social media and new data on gender and transgender issues.

Capital Labour And The Middle Classes Rle Social Theory

Author: John Urry
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317652207
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Capital Labour And The Middle Classes Rle Social Theory from the Author: John Urry. Most recent sociological work on the theory of class is based on a distinction between Weberian and Marxist approaches. For the first part of this volume, the authors use this distinction to review the literature on the middle class, concentrating particularly on the traditions of Marxist theory and of the more empirical work inspired by Max Weber. They show, however, that this distinction is of limited utility in reconstructing a theory of the middle class.

The Handbook Of Political Sociology

Author: Thomas Janoski
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781139443579
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The Handbook Of Political Sociology from the Author: Thomas Janoski. This Handbook provides a complete survey of the vibrant field of political sociology. Part I explores the theories of political sociology. Part II focuses on the formation, transitions, and regime structure of the state. Part III takes up various aspects of the state that respond to pressures from civil society.

Toward A Sociological Theory Of Religion And Health

Author: Anthony Blasi
Publisher: BRILL
ISBN: 9004205977
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Toward A Sociological Theory Of Religion And Health from the Author: Anthony Blasi. This book seeks to involve recognized researchers in the social scientific study of health, medicine and religion, which has burgeoned across the past twenty years, toward more general theoretical development within the field, particularly with respect to the elderly and disadvantaged.