Thinking the Unthinkable The Riddles of Classical Social Theories
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Description: In the eloquent style for which he has become famous, Charles Lemert writes of social theory as no one else. Thinking the Unthinkable is offered as text for instruction, yet it defies the prevailing assumption that social theory is a method for clarifying the facts of social life. Lemert shows how social theory began late in the 19th century as a struggle to come to terms with the failure of modern reason to solve the social problems created by the capitalist world-system. Since then, social theory has developed through twists and turns to think and rethink this Unthinkable. Hence the surprising innovations of recent years - postmodern, queer, postcolonial, third-wave feminist, risk theories, among others arising in the wake of globalization. Once again, Lemert has made the difficult clear in a book that students and other readers will treasure and keep.
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Copyright year: 2007
Publication date: 4/15/2007
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
|What is Social Theory?: Total Destruction, Bead Lust, and Other Unreasonable Social Things|
|The Impossible Reasons of Modern Civilizations|
|Social Theory and Modernity's Unthinkable|
|Social Violence as the Bead Lust of the Unthinkable|
|Five Ways to Skin a Cat: Modernity's Five Riddles|
|Unthinkable Social Things: Five Solutions to the Riddle of the Defiant Darkness, 1848-1914|
|Light and Dark|
|Revolutionary Reasons: Karl Marx and the Melting of Solid Modernity|
|Rationality's Double-Bind: Max Weber and Modernity's Threat to the Human Spirit|
|The Reasonable Hope of a Social Bond: Emile Durkheim and Modern Man's Trouble with Conflict|
|Riddles and Realities|
|Perverse Reasons: Sigmund Freud and the Discontents of Conscious Life|
|Unreasonable Differences: Charlotte Perkins Gilman and the Logic of the Feminist Standpoint|
|The Exiled Others Think the Unthinkable: The Classic Solutions Encounter Differences and Possibilities|
|Unthinkable Variations on the Classic Riddles: W. E. B. Du Bois, Anna Julia Cooper, Georg Simmel, and Ferdinand de Saussure|
|Beyond the Double-Bind: W. E. B. Du Bois and the Gift of Second-Sight|
|A Revolutionary Social Bond: Anna Julia Cooper and the Colored Woman's Office|
|The Strange Social Benefits of Conflict: Georg Simmel and Modern Wandering|
|The Social Structure of Meanings: Ferdinand de Saussure and the Arbitrary Sign|
|Violence, War, and the Short Twentieth Century, 1914-1991|
|The Unfolding of Social Theory in the Unraveling of the Twentieth Century into the Twenty-First|
|Bibliographic Essay and Other Acknowledgments|
|About the Author|