Social Theory for Beginners

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Policy Press, 2010 - Social Science - 480 pages
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Treating social theory as an exciting intellectual journey in its own right, this new introductory-level textbook presents the key ideas and concepts in social theory together with an account of the intellectual background from which they emerged. Aimed at first-year undergraduates studying sociology and all related disciplines in the social sciences and humanities, it provides an introduction to the major questions and debates facing social theorists and sociologists. Clearly designed presentation and layout features help readers navigate their way around the material thus giving them the best chance of finding what they need quickly and easily.

 

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Contents

1 What is social theory?
1
2 Where did social theory come from?
21
3 Émile Durkheim and the coming of industrial society
45
4 Karl Marx capitalism and revolution
65
5 Max Weber rational capitalism and social action
99
6 Talcott Parsons functionalism and the social system
133
7 Social interactionism and the real lives of social actors
165
8 Western Marxism Antonio Gramsci and the Frankfurt School
191
11 Feminist social theory
269
Habermas Bourdieu and Giddens
291
13 Theories of modernity and postmodernity
337
the global dimension and cultural theory
377
15 The boundary problem in contemporary social theory
415
GLOSSARY
429
REFERENCES
465
INDEX
473

9 Language structure meaning
209
Poststructuralist social theory
239

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Paul Ransome, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Swansea University

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