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The Structure of Social Theory : Routledge Studies in Social and Political Thought - Anthony King

The Structure of Social Theory

Routledge Studies in Social and Political Thought

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Published: 17th June 2004
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Over the last three decades, social theory has become an increasingly important sub-discipline within sociology. Social theory has attempted to elucidate the philosophical basis of sociology by defining the nature of social reality. According to social theory, society consists of objective institutions, structure, on the one hand, and individuals, agency on the other it promotes human social relations, insisting that in every instance social reality consists of these relations. The book begins by defining and criticizing contemporary social theory. It analyses the work of Giddens, Bourdieu, Foucault, Bhaskar and Habermas to demonstrate that their commitment to structure and agency is unsustainable. The book then proceeds to recover a sociology which focuses on social relations by reference to the works of classical sociology; to Hegel, Marx, Weber and Durkheim. Finally, the book establishes a new 'hermeneutic' paradigm in which social relations are primary. The author argues that sociologists studyingthe dramatic social transformations which are currently occurring should focus on social relations between humans; they should not attempt to understand contemporary changes in terms of structure and agency.

Acknowledgementsp. ix
Contemporary Social Theoryp. 1
Structure and Agencyp. 3
The Relevance of Parsonsp. 20
Structure, Habitus, Discoursep. 39
The Reality of Realismp. 68
Classical Sociologyp. 87
Hegel and the Concept of Geistp. 89
From Praxis to Historical Materialismp. 107
Status Groups and the Protestant Ethicp. 122
Society and Ritualp. 140
Towards a Hermeneutic Sociologyp. 163
Hermeneutics and Idealismp. 165
Hermeneutics and Individualismp. 192
Hermeneutics and Critiquep. 209
Beyond Structure and Agencyp. 227
Notesp. 239
Bibliographyp. 247
Indexp. 261
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ISBN: 9780415263344
ISBN-10: 0415263344
Series: Routledge Studies in Social and Political Thought
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 17th June 2004
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.9  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.57
Edition Number: 1