`This book is accessible, as a beginner's guide should be, but without an over-simplification of the arguments. It should prove an immensely durable text for generations of students to come' - John Hughes, Lancaster University
At last, a book that makes social theory for undergraduates a pleasure to teach and study. The book offers a comprehensive overview of social theory from classical sociology to the present day. Students are guided through the work of Durkheim, Marx and Weber, functionalism, action perspectives, feminism, postmodernism and contemporary thinkers like Anthony Giddens, Michel Foucault, J[um]urgen Habermas, Frederic Jameson, Judith Butler, Gilles Deluze, Manuel Castells, Luce Irigary, Naomi Woolf and Camille Paglia. The book presents clear accounts of these contributions and employs an extensive range of activities that encourage the reader to evaluate the work of given theorists and approaches.
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It offers lecturers and students an ideal study resource for undergraduate modules in social theory.
Shaun Best is a Lecturer in the School of Education at the University of Manchester, and author of Understanding Social Divisions, (2005) and A Beginner's Guide to Social Theory (2003, both SAGE).
Introduction The Theoretical Self Functionalist Perspectives Theorizing Systems and Structures Marxism Theorizing Capitalism - Debates and Developments The Action Perspectives Theorizing Social Action and Self Feminist Approaches Theorizing Patriarchy and Oppression Anthony Giddens Theorizing Agency and Structure Postmodernism Theorizing Fragmentation and Uncertainty