The contemporary world is one of contingency and risk. We face a range of social and political problems barely imaginable to previous generations. Here the technique of critical social theory is applied to some of the most challenging social and political questions of our time. "Critical Turns in Critical Theory" brings together a diverse range of scholars to discuss a number of issues facing civil society at a regional and global level in recent years. The book explores new theories, critiques, analyses and practices to address debates about risk, responsibility, ethics, communication, the environment, science and technology, gender, identity, development and law. Loosely based on the seminal work of the critical social theorist Piet Strydom, "Critical Turns in Critical Theory" offers a set of perspectives and critiques that reshape some traditional concepts of critical social theory and challenge the liberal consensus which dominates contemporary civil society.
Seamus A" Tuama is a senior lecturer in the Department of Government, University College Cork, Ireland.
TABLE OF CONTENTS Foreword: Karl-Otto Apel Introduction: Strydom's contribution to contemporary social and political theory Seamus O Tuama & Ger Mullally The Vacuity of Max Weber's Ethic of Personality in Late Modernity Catherine Brennan Global Ethics and Cosmopolitan Community Gerard Delanty Public Sphere, Communication and Responsibility in Latin America. Jose Mauricio Domingues The Calling of a New Critical Theory: Self-Development, Inclusion of the Other and Planetary Realizations Klaus Eder Ananta Kumar Giri Risk and Responsibility: Environmental Politics and Strydom's Co-Responsibility Ger Mullally Sociology and Learning after the Constructivist Turn Patrick O'Mahony Triple Contingency: Strydom and the Public Sphere Seamus O Tuama Rational Actors and Paradigm Warriors: Revisiting and Gendering Social Movement Theories Louise Ryan Discourse and the Contemporary Sociology of Knowledge. Tracy Skillington The Legal Theory we need now: looking at Law through Strydom's critique Peter Swan Reflecting on a Sociological Project: Classical Thinkers to Contemporary Issues Piet Strydom