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The New Social Theory Reader - Steven Seidman

The New Social Theory Reader

By: Steven Seidman (Editor), Jeffrey C. Alexander (Editor)

Paperback Published: 3rd April 2008
ISBN: 9780415437707
Number Of Pages: 464

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This is the first anthology to thematize the dramatic upward and downward shifts that have created the new social theory, and to present this new and exciting body of work in a thoroughly trans-disciplinary manner.

In this revised second edition readers are provided with a much greater range of thinkers and perspectives, including new sections on such issues as imperialism, power, civilization clash, health and performance. The first section sets out the main schools of contemporary thought, from Habermas and Honneth on new critical theory, to Jameson and Hall on cultural studies, and Foucault and Bourdieu on poststructuralism. The sections that follow trace theory debates as they become more issues-based and engaged. They are:

  • the post-foundational debates over morality, justice and epistemological truth

  • the social meaning of nationalism, multiculturalism and globalization

  • identity debates around gender, sexuality, race, the self and post-coloniality.

This new edition provides more ample biographical and intellectual introductions to each thinker, and substantial introductions to each of the major sections. The editors introduce the volume with a newly revised, interpretive overview of social theory today.

The New Social Theory Reader is an essential, reliable guide to current theoretical debates.

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"Seidman and Alexander compiled a collection of essays on social theory in 2001. In the time since enough has changed to warrant a much expanded second edition. The authors give in-depth introductions to each section. The first articles review the latest theories. Then they move from macro to microcosm. From ephemeral concepts like truth, ethics and justice, the authors then look at new ways of defining power, then societies: postmodern, multi-cultural, national, global and imperial. The final focus is on self-definition by race, nationality, gender, sexuality and post colonial identification. Many of the articles have already appeared in a variety of journals. This updated edition is of interest to sociologists and ideal for university classrooms." -- Book News Inc., August 2008

General theory without foundations
New Critical Theory
J u rgen Habermas Contributions to a discourse theory of law and democracy
Axel Honneth Personal identity and disrespect semiotic structuralism
Marshall Sahlins Historical metaphors and mythical realities
James Clifford On ethnographic allegory
Michael Foucault Ppwer/Knowledge
Pierre Bourdieu Outline of a theory of practice
Cultural Studies
Stuart Hall Cultural studies
Frederic Jameson The political unconscious: Narrative as a socially symbolic act
The normative turn
Michael Walzer A defense of pluralism and equality
John Rawls Political liberalism
Alasdair MacIntyre Whose justice? Which rationality?
Zygmaunt Bauman Postmodern ethics
Richard Rorty agmatism, relativism, and irrationalism
Seyla Benhabib Feminism and the question of postmodernism
Rethinking power
Judith Butler Imitation and gender insubordination
Jeffrey Alexander Performance and Power
Nancy Fraser From redistribution to recognition?
David Halperin Queer politics
Susan Bordo The body and the reproduction of femininity
Nicolas Rose The Politics of life itself
Societies and World Order
Jean Baudrillard Simulcra and simulations
David Harvey The condition of postmodernity
Civil Society
Jean L. Cohen and Andrew Arato The utopia of civil society
Mary Kaldor Global civil society
Iris Marion Young Justice and the politics of difference
Will Kymlicka Multicultural citizenship
Benedict Anderson Imagined communities: reflections on the origin and spread of nationalism
Partha Chatterjee Whose imagined community?
World Politics
Francis Fukuyama The end of history
Samuel Huntington The clash of civilizations
Manuel Castells A new society
Ulrich Beck The cosmopolitan perspective
Mahmood Mamdani From direct to indirect rule
George Steinmetz The new U.S. empire
Anthony Giddens Self and society in the late modern age
Charles Taylor The making of modern identity
R.W. Connell Gender as a structure of social practice
Uma Narayan Westernization and third world feminism
Diana Fuss Heter Hetero/Homosexuality
Steven Seidman Shifts in normative heterosexuality
Michael Omi and Howard Winant Racial formation
Ruth Frankenberg The mirage of an unmarked whiteness
Edward Said Orientalism
Paul Gilroy Postcolonial melancholia
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ISBN: 9780415437707
ISBN-10: 0415437709
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 464
Published: 3rd April 2008
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.77 x 17.78  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.82
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: New edition

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