The Blackwell companion to social theory / edited by Bryan S. Turner.Material type: TextPublication details: Oxford : Blackwell Publishers, 1996. ISBN: 063118399X; 0631184015DDC classification: 301
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:
Introduction / Bryan S. Turner -- 1. Classical Social Theory / Robert J. Holton -- 2. Critical Theory and the Legacy of Twentieth-Century Marxism / Goran Therborn -- 3. The Philosophy of Social Science / William Outhwaite -- 4. Theories of Action and Praxis / Ira J. Cohen -- 5. Systems Theory / Peter Hamilton -- 6. Psychoanalysis and Social Theory / Anthony Elliott -- 7. Structuralism / Roy Boyne -- 8. Symbolic Interactionism in the Twentieth Century: The Rise of Empirical Social Theory / Ken Plummer -- 9. Sociological Theory and Rational Choice Theory / Peter Abell -- 10. Historical Sociology / John Mandalios -- 11. Feminist Social Theory / Terry Lovell -- 12. Cultural Sociology and Cultural Sciences / Steven Connor -- 13. Sociology of Time and Space / John Urry -- 14. Postmodern Social Theory / Barry Smart -- 15. Social Theory and the Public Sphere / Craig Calhoun.
The Blackwell Companion to Social Theory brings together leading scholars from around the world to provide the first truly international overview of the major developments in twentieth-century Western social thought. Edited and introduced by Bryan S. Turner, this volume aims not only to chart the main thinkers, schools, and movements within contemporary social theory, but also to identify points of convergence and possibly synthesis, particularly between North American and European traditions. The principal focus is on post-classical modern social theory, but while major modern thinkers such as Giddens, Habermas, Lyotard, Luhmann, Foucault, and Derrida are examined, they are situated within the context of a classical tradition which includes Parsons, Garfinkel, Berger, Goffman, Elias, and Mannheim. The 15 chapters of the volume are divided into logically organized sections on the classical foundations, action and system theory, interpretative sociology, post-structuralism and postmodernism, micro and macrosociology, historical and comparative sociology, and the problems of the social. There are separate chapters on feminism, world systems theory, symbolic interactionism and ethnomethodology, critical theory, classical sociology, hermeneutics, action theory, rational choice theory, sociology of space, and cultural sociology.