Contemporary Political Thought: A Reader and Guide

Contemporary Political Thought: A Reader and Guide

By: Alan Finlayson (editor)Paperback

Up to 2 WeeksUsually despatched within 2 weeks

Description

Contemporary Political Thought: A Reader and Guide is a foundation textbook in political theory. It brings together readings by leading exponents of contemporary political theory with lucid introductions, and is the first book in the area to combine these pedagogical elements. The book is divided into 12 sections covering: * From the twentieth to the twenty-first centuries * interpreting political thought now and then * liberalisms * conservatisms * marxisms * communitarianism * feminism * ecologism and environmentalism * post-structuralism and post-modernism * multi-culturalism * political thought beyond the Western tradition * democratic theory for a new century Each section contains several influential texts that provide discussion of various key theoretical positions. The introductions elucidate some of the main currents within the area of thought, and the areas of most significant tension, give cross-references to other theories, and contextualise the readings that follow. An indispensable aid for students and lecturers alike, Contemporary Political Thought is a significant introduction to theoretical approaches to politics. Key Features * Contemporary Political Theory is a core course on most undergraduate politics degrees * '2 in 1' structure offers value for money for cash-strapped students * Each section includes a 5000-word introduction to the subject + 3 or 4 key texts * An annotated bibliography guides the student through the range of further reading * A large glossary (with c.250 entries) offers definitions of terms and biographies of figures found in the text * Cross-referencing used throughout the text

About Author

Alan Finlayson is Lecturer in Politics at the University of Wales, Swansea. Co-editor (with Jeremy Valentine) of Politics and Post-Structuralism: An Introduction (EUP, 2002) and co-author of Contemporary Social and Political Thought: An Introduction (1999)

Contents

Section 1: Histories, Interpretations and Pre-Cursors; Section Introduction; Chapter One: Political Theory in the Twentieth Century by John Seery; Chapter Two: Interpreting Political Thought by Melissa Lane; Section 2: Traditions and their discontents; Section Introduction; Chapter 3: Liberalisms by Mark Evans; Chapter 4: Conservatisms by Alan Finlayson; Chapter 5: Marxisms and Post-Marxisms by Terrell Carver; Section 3: Alternative Visions and Revisions; Section Introduction; Chapter 6: Communitarianism by Mike Kenny; Chapter 7: Feminism by Kate Nash; Chapter 8: Ecologism and Environmentalism by Tim Hayward; Chapter 9: Post-Structuralism and Postmodernism by Iain MacKenzie; Section 4: New Directions?; Section Introduction; Chapter 10: Multi-Culturalism and the Theory and Practice of Normative Political theory by Tariq Modood and Adrian Favell; Chapter 11: Political Thought Beyond the Western Tradition by Oliver; Leaman; Chapter 12: Democratic Theory for a New Century by Anna Marie Smith; Detailed TOC; Preface; Notes on Contributors; General Introduction; Section 1: Histories, Interpretations and Pre-Cursors; Section Introduction; Chapter One: Political Theory in the Twentieth Century by John Seery; Readings; Hannah Arendt, 'Understanding and Politics'; Sheldon Wolin, 'Political Theory as a Vocation', American Political Science Review; Michel Foucault, 'Right of Death and Power Over Life', extract from The History of Sexuality, Volume 1: An Introduction by Michel Foucault; Chapter Two: Interpreting Political Thought by Melissa Lane; Readings; R.G. Collingwood, selection from An Autobiography; John Dunn, selection from 'The History of Political Theory' in The History of Political Theory and Other Essays; H-G Gadamer, selection from Truth and Method; Section 2: Traditions and their discontents; Section Introduction; Chapter 3: Liberalisms by Mark Evans; Readings:; Alan Gewirth, extract from 'The Epistemology of Human Rights', Social Philosophy and Policy; Richard Rorty, extract from 'Human Rights, Rationality, and Sentimentality' from Truth and Progress: Philosophical Papers Volume 3; John Rawls, extract from Political Liberalism; John Rawls, extract from Interview with Bernard Prusak, Commonweal; Sir Isaiah Berlin, extract from 'The Pursuit of the Ideal' from The Crooked Timber of Humanity; John Gray, 'Oakeshott on Law, Liberty and Civil Association' from his Liberalisms; Chapter 4: Conservatisms by Alan Finlayson; Readings:; Michael Oakeshott, extract from 'Rationalism in Politics' in Rationalism and Politics and Other Essays; Roger Scruton, extract from The Meaning of Conservatism; Chapter 5: Marxisms and Post-Marxisms by Terrell Carver; Readings:; Ernesto Laclau and Chantal Mouffe, extract from Hegemony and Socialist Strategy; Alex Callinicos, extracts from Theories and Narratives: Reflections on the Philosophy of History; Section 3: Alternative Visions and Revisions; Section Introduction; Chapter 6: Communitarianism by Mike Kenny; Readings:; Michael Sandel, 'The Procedural Republic and the Unencumbered Self', Political Theory; Mary Ann Glendon, extracts from Rights Talk; Amitai Etzioni, extracts from The New Golden Rule; Geoff Mulgan, 'Beyond the Lure of Off-The-Shelf Ethics', The Independent; Chapter 7: Feminism by Kate Nash; Readings:; Anne Phillips, extract from Which Equalities Matter?; Liz Frazer and Nicola Lacey, extract from The Politics of Community; Iris Marion Young, extract from Throwing Like a Girl and Other Essays in Feminist Philosophy and Social Theory; Judith Butler, 'Contingent Foundations: Feminism and the Question of Postmodernism' in Judith Butler and Joan Scott, Feminists Theorize the Political; Chapter 8: Ecologism and Environmentalism by Tim Hayward; Readings:; Andrew Dobson, extract from Green Political Thought; Robert Goodin, extract from Green Political Theory; Vandana Shiva, extract from Staying Alive; Chapter 9: Post-Structuralism and Postmodernism by Iain MacKenzie; Readings:; Chantal Mouffe, extracts from The Return of the Political; William Connolly, extract from 'A Critique of Pure Politics', Philosophy and Social Criticism; Judith Butler, extract from Gender Trouble; Section 4: New Directions?; Section Introduction; Chapter 10: Multi-Culturalism and the Theory and Practice of Normative Political Theory by Tariq Modood and Adrian Favell; Readings:; Will Kymlicka, extract from Multicultural Citizenship; Iris Marion Young, extract from Justice and the Politics of Difference; Bhikhu Parekh, extract from Rethinking Multiculturalism; Chapter 11: Political Thought Beyond the Western Tradition by Oliver Leaman; Readings:; D.T. Suzuki, Zen and Japanese Culture; Mao Tze Tung, Selected Works of Mao Tze Tung, vol. 1; Khomeini, Islam and Revolution; Chapter 12: Democratic Theory for a New Century by Anna Marie Smith; Readings:; Judith Butler, 'Sexual Inversions' in Donna Stanton (ed.) Discourses of Sexuality; Chandra Talpade Mohanty, 'Women Workers and Capitalist Scripts: Ideologies of Domination, Common Interests and the Politics of Solidarity', in M. Jacqui Alexander and Chandra Talpade Mohanty (eds.), Feminist Genealogies, Colonial Legacies, Democratic Futures; Gwendolyn Mink, Welfare's End; Bibliography; Glossary; Acknowledgements.

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780748613830
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 688
  • ID: 9780748613830
  • weight: 1161
  • ISBN10: 0748613838

Delivery Information

  • Saver Delivery: Yes
  • 1st Class Delivery: Yes
  • Courier Delivery: Yes
  • Store Delivery: Yes

Prices are for internet purchases only. Prices and availability in WHSmith Stores may vary significantly

Close