The Blackwell Companion to Social Theory, Second Edition, builds on the success of the highly regarded first edition by adding four completely new chapters on the foundations of social theory, anthropology, phenomenology, and sociology of the body. Retained material from the first edition has been revised, extended, and updated, and coverage of feminism expanded into two chapters on second-wave feminism and contemporary feminist theory.The book guides the student and scholar through the vast array of approaches and frameworks that shape contemporary analysis of social reality. The principal focus is on post-classical modern social theory, but while major post-classical thinkers such as Habermas, Foucault and Derrida are examined, they appear within the context of a classical tradition developed by figures such as Parsons, Goffman and Elias. Organized by themes rather than theorists, 18 essays by the world's leading social theorists provide insights to the traditions of classical social thought as well as the major debates and developments in contemporary social theory. Extensive bibliographies, meanwhile, provide a guide to the current literature.
"This is an unrivalled collection of essays on social theory from the classical to the postmodern period. It keeps one up to date without abandoning the foundational issues that tie society, politics, culture, gender, and race. Each contributor has fashioned a remarkably responsible account of the topic at hand along with invaluable bibliographic guides." ? John O?Neill, York University, Toronto
"The striking motif of this revised reader-friendly companion is Bryan Turner?s welcome dismissal of ?decorative theory? ? that is cultural theory which has become an end in itself. He urges a return to historical and comparative studies reflected by new chapters on social anthropology and the body." ? Ray Pahl, University of Kent
Preface to the Second Edition.
Introduction: Bryan S. Turner (University of Cambridge).
Part I: Foundations:.
1. The Foundations of Social Theory - origins and trajectories: Gerald Delanty (University of Liverpool).
2. The Philosophy of Social Science: William Outhwaite (University of Sussex).
Part II: Actions, Actors, Systems:.
3. Theories of Action and Praxis: Ira J. Cohen (Rutgers University).
4. Systems Theory and Functionalism: Frank J. Lechner (Emory University).
5. Psychoanalysis and Social Theory: Anthony Elliott (Monash University).
6. Structuralism: Roy Boyne (University of Durham).
Part III: Perspectives on Social and Cultural Analysis:.
7. Symbolic Interactionism in the Twentieth Century: Ken Plummer (University of Essex).
8. Sociological Theory and Rational Choice Theory: Peter Abell (London School of Economics).
9. Anthropology and Social Theory: James D. Faubion (Rice University).
10. Phenomenology and Sociology: Steven Vaitkus (University of Bielefeld).
11. Feminisms of the Second Wave: Terry Lovell (University of Warwick).
12. Feminisms Transformed? Terry Lovell (University of Warwick).
13. Cultural Sociology and Cultural Sciences: Steven Connor (Birbeck College).
Part IV:Perspectives on Time and Space:.
14. Historical Sociology: John Mandalios (Griffith University).
15. Sociology of Time and Space: John Urry (Lancaster University).
Part V: Contemporary Developments in Social Theory:.
16. Postmodern Social Theory: Barry Smart (University of Portsmouth).
17. Outline of a General Sociology of the Body: Bryan S. Turner (University of Cambridge).
Part VI: Intellectuals and the Public Sphere:.
18. Social Theory and the Public Sphere: Craig Calhoun (University of North Carolina).
Series: Wiley Blackwell Companions to Sociology
Number Of Pages: 592
Published: 7th April 2000
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 25.38 x 18.21 x 3.07
Weight (kg): 0.99
Edition Number: 1
Edition Type: Revised