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Classical and Modern Social Theory - Heine Anderson

Classical and Modern Social Theory

By: Heine Anderson (Editor), Lars Bo Kaspersen (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 14th July 2000
ISBN: 9780631212874
Number Of Pages: 544

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This comprehensive introduction covers a wide historical range of major thinkers, from the classical to the postmodernist, as well as key themes in social theory and a guide to the major debates. Designed for students with little or no background in social theory, this single volume covering both classic and contemporary theory introduces the basic concepts at the center of social theory in accessible language. In addition to being a textbook, this book is ideal for readers seeking a useful reference source to the field.Divided into three sections, the book contains thirty chapters in all. It covers classical social theory, modern social theory, and contemporary challenges to both periods. Each chapter is written by a specialist in the field, giving a clear exposition of the main concepts placed in both historical and philosophical context. Chapters contain biographical data, end of chapter lists of key concepts and a comprehensive bibliography listing the primary and secondary literature relevant to the material.

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"This lucidly-written book provides within a single volume a comprehensive introduction to the corpus of sociological theory. It encompasses both classical and contemporary approaches, which are presented as relevant to understanding the present state of sociological theory. This will become an essential text for students." Larry Ray, University of Kent

"This volume is a comprehensive guide to theory debates today. It is composed of 30 original chapters offering succinct, accessible overviews of the key ideas of modern theory - from Marx, American pragmatism to current debates over national identity, postmodernism, and civil society, I can think of no better introduction to classical and contemporary theory." Steven Seidman, author of Contested Knowledge: Social Theory in a Postmodern Era

"An interesting, thorough, and useful anthology of informed commentary that will enliven the study of social theory for novice as well as expert. Particularly innovative is the use of European scholars whose analyses of theory is too seldom taken into account within the anglophone world. Their interpretations will, I am sure, add a fruitful dimension to an otherwise foreshortened understanding of the canon." Alan Sica, Pennsylvania State University

"This volume aspires to be a comprehensive and sophisticated introduction to classical and modern social theory...providing a range and depth of analysis." Raymond A. Morrow, University of Alberta




1. Introduction: Classical and Modern Social Theory: William Outhwaite.

Part I: Classical Social Theories:.

2. Karl Marx: Per Manson.

3. Herbert Spencer: Heine Andersen.

4. Ferdinand Tonnies: Jorn Falk.

5. Emile Durkheim: Willy Guneriussen.

6. Max Weber: Per Manson.

7. Georg Simmel: Henrik Ornstrup.

8. American Pragmatism: Nils Mortensen.

Part II: Modern Social Theories: .

9. Marxism: Per Manson.

10. The Frankfurt School: Anders Ramsay.

11. Neo-Marxist Theories: Jens Peter Frolund Thomsen and Heine Andersen.

12. Social Interaction Theories: Gorm Harste and Nils Mortensen.

13. Rational Choice: Roar Hagen.

14. Functionalism: Heine Andersen.

15. Neofunctionalism: Alvor Fauske.

16. Conflict Theory: An Alternative to Functionalism? Pal Strandbakken.

17. Jean-Paul Sartre: Dag Osterberg.

18. Structuralism: Tom Broch.

19. Michel Foucault: Sven-Åke Lindgren.

20. Pierre Bourdieu: Staf Callewaert.

21. Jurgen Habermas: Heine Andersen.

22. Niklas Luhmann: Roar Hagen.

23. Norbert Elias: Gunnor Olofsson.

24. Anthony Giddens: Lars Bo Kaspersen.

Part III: Contemporary Challenges to Classical and Modern Social Theory: .

25. Post-Industrialization, Cultural Criticism and Risk Society: Gorm Harste.

26. Our Present: Postmodern? Poul Poder Pedersen.

27. Social Theory, Morality, and the Civil Society: Heine Andersen.

28. State, Nation, and National Identity: Uffe Ostergaard.

29. Gender and Society: Karin Widerberg.

30. From Aristotle to Modern Social Theory: Margareta Bertilsson.


Name Index.

Subject Index.

ISBN: 9780631212874
ISBN-10: 0631212876
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 544
Published: 14th July 2000
Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.86 x 18.04  x 3.52
Weight (kg): 1.09
Edition Number: 1

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