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Contemporary Social Theory: An Introduction

ISBN-10: 0415521378
ISBN-13: 9780415521376
Edition: 2013
Authors: Anthony Elliott
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Book details

List price: $58.95
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 376
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.220
Language: English

This book is arguably the definitive undergraduate textbook on contemporary social theory. Written by one of the world’s most acclaimed social theorists, Anthony Elliott provides a dazzlingly accessible and comprehensive introduction to modern social theory from the Frankfurt School to globalization theories and beyond. In distilling the essentials of social theory, Elliott reviews the works of major theorists including Theodor Adorno, Herbert Marcuse, Michel Foucault, Jacques Lacan, Jacques Derrida, Anthony Giddens, Pierre Bourdieu, Julia Kristeva, Jurgen Habermas, Judith Butler, Slavoj Zizek, Manuel Castells, Ulrich Beck, Zygmunt Bauman, Giorgio Agamben and Manuel De Landa. Every social theorist discussed is contextualized in a wider political and historical context, and from which their major contributions to social theory are critically assessed. This book is essential reading for students and professionals in the fields of social theory, sociology and cultural studies, as it is both an original enquiry and a consummate introduction to social theory.

Preface
The Textures of Society
The Frankfurt School
Structuralism
Post-Structuralism
Theories of Structuration
Contemporary Critical Theory
Feminism and Post-Feminist Theory
Postmodernity
Networks, Risks, Liquids
Globalization
Afterword: Social Theory Today and Towards 2025

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