Modern Social Theory: Key Debates and New Directions

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Psychology Press, 1997 - Social Science - 264 pages
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This book is intended for undergraduate courses in social theory for second and third year sociology students, as well as postgraduate and academic researchers. Secondary markets include social psychology, social geography, social anthopology, cultural studies.
 

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Contents

Outline of the theory of social domains
ix
Power and emotion
13
Some basic propositions
19
Coda
28
The contours of everyday life
29
Awareness selfdeception and emotion
33
the role of discourse
42
subjective careers
47
Situated activity and social systems
133
some preliminary conclusions
145
Power and control in modernity
147
Foucault and the nature of modern power
148
Implications of Foucaults view of power
151
Giddens on power
164
Habermas and systemic power
172
Power as multiform and interlocking
174

the actors perspective
52
Scheff on emotion and social interaction
56
Encounters and trust
62
Trust self and ontological security
67
the person and social encounters
73
The social fabric examined
76
Some key terms and concepts
82
The nature and modes of situated activity
88
Habermass lifeworldsystem distinction
99
Social domains and lifeworldsystem interlocks
105
Settings and the duality of social relations
110
Social systems fields of activity and contextual resources
114
Culture ideology and discourse
118
Resources social activity and discourse
122
The nature and analysis of discourse
126
power and everyday encounters
189
Creativity and constraint in social life
190
The nature of social constraints
191
Discourse and social reproduction
203
Goffinan and the interaction order
210
Goffman and the loosecoupling of social orders
216
The multiform nature of social processes
220
The creation and replication of society and social life
227
creativity and constraint in social life
239
Conclusion
241
Contours of the theory of social domains
246
Bibliography
255
Index
261
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In the area of social theory I am interested in how agency and structure combine in social life. In relation to this I have developed the 'theory of social domains' which represents my own attempt to deal with the agency-structure problem. I have also developed a methodological approach called 'adaptive theory'. This attempts to harness the creative synergy between 'received' (or 'preconceived') and 'emergent' theory, but also depends on a close connection between the construction of explanatory theory and the collection of empirical data. My ongoing interests are in drawing out the links between the 'theory of social domains' and 'adaptive theory' in the context of empirical research. With these objectives in mind I have recently completed studies of self-identity, emotion, intimacy, and power and control in social life.

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