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Late Modernity and Social Change : Reconstructing Social and Personal Life - Brian Heaphy

Late Modernity and Social Change

Reconstructing Social and Personal Life

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Published: 30th August 2007
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Sometimes social theory can seem dry and intimidating - as if it is something completely apart from everyday life. But in this incisive new text, Brian Heaphy show exactly how the arguments of the great contemporary theorists play out against extended examples from real life.

Introducing the ideas of founding social thinkers including Marx, Durkheim, Weber, Simmel and Freud, and the work of key contemporary theorists, among them Lacan, Foucault, Lyotrad, Baudrillard, Bauman, Giddens and Beck, the book begins by examining the merits of the 'late modernity' thesis against those of the proponents of 'post-modernity'. The authors show the wide swoop of influence of 'post-modern' thought and how it has changed the way even its opponents think. It also discusses feminist, queer and post-colonial ideas about studying modern and post-modern experience.

With examples from personal life (including self and identity, relational and intimate life, death, dying and life-politics) to bring theory to life, this clear and concise new text on contemporary social theory and social change is ideal for students of sociology, cultural studies and social theory.

Acknowledgementsp. vi
Introductionp. 1
Founding narratives of modernity and the logics of social changep. 16
The deconstructive turnp. 28
Postmodernity and the cultural turnp. 50
Late modernity and the reflexive turnp. 69
Reconstructing self and identityp. 93
Reflexive relating and intimacyp. 120
Death, deskilling and life-politicsp. 149
The sociology of reflexivity or reflexive sociology?p. 169
Referencesp. 182
Indexp. 188
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ISBN: 9780415281775
ISBN-10: 0415281776
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 200
Published: 30th August 2007
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.9  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.32
Edition Number: 1