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Social Theory for Today: Making Sense of Social Worlds

Making Sense of Social Worlds

Alex Law

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Social Theory for Today guides students through the key thinkers and key ideas of the contemporary social world. The book asks what continuing use do theories of the Enlightenment, classical German sociology, Marxism and phenomenology have for making sense of our social world. Drawing on both on classical and contemporary sources, this book is both accessible and meaningful for students working to grasp a firm understanding of competing perspectives in social theory.

The book is organized around two contrasting conceptions of common sense social worlds. On one side, common sense is understood as a precondition of solidarity and social action. Here social theory is viewed as continuous with and an extension of the social world, an 'umbilical cord' that can never be cut but simply needs to be more systematically ordered and controlled (realism, positivism, Weber, empiricism, phenomenology, social constructionism, feminism). On the other side, common sense is reproached as a constraint on reason and autonomy. Here, sociology strives for a discontinuous 'break' with the spontaneously self-evident truths and pre-judgments of ordinary social worlds (skepticism, Durkheim, Simmel, structuralism, Marxism, Critical Theory, Bourdieu).

Social Theory for Today is a must read for upper level undergraduate and graduate sociology students looking for a vibrant and extended understanding of social theory in today's society.

Alex Law is Professor of Sociology at Abertay University, Dundee.


Einband gebundene Ausgabe
Seitenzahl 344
Erscheinungsdatum 05.02.2015
Sprache Englisch
ISBN 978-1-4462-0901-1
Verlag Sage Publications
Maße (L/B/H) 23,6/16,3/2,3 cm
Gewicht 630 g


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    Social Theory and Crisis
    Positivist Turn: Auguste Comte
    Marx's Turn
    Nietzsche's Turn: Max Weber and Georg Simmel
    Ideological Turn: Antonio Gramsci and Georg Lukacs
    Reflexive Turn: Otto Neurath and Empirical Sociology
    Modernist Turn: Walter Benjamin and Siegfried Kracauer
    Critical Turn: The Frankfurt School
    Negative Turn: Horkheimer, Adorno and Habermas
    Quotidian Turn: Henri Lefebvre
    Corporeal Turn: Maurice Merleau-Ponty
    Pragmatic Turn: Social theory in the US
    Cultural Turn: Social Theory in France and Britain
    Relational Turn: Norbert Elias and Pierre Bourdieu