Social Theory: Central Issues in Sociology

Social Theory: Central Issues in Sociology

By: John G. Scott (author)Paperback

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"John Scott has provided us with an encyclopaedic tour through the foundations and development of social theory which cautions against the contemporary fragmentation of academic work and demonstrates the continued value of sociology's heritage. The book will become a key resource for students and scholars alike." - Barry Smart, Portsmouth University This is a comprehensive, critical review of social theory that places leading contributions in their larger context. Written predominantly for students, the scope and range of the subjects and authors dealt with results in one of the most comprehensive introductions to social theory published to date. Ranging from the philosophical foundations of sociology and the discovery of 'the social' to distinctive sociological approaches, to the significance of issues pertaining to gender and patriarchy, to questions of modernity and post-modernity, the book is comprehensive in subject matter. Among the distinctive features of the book are: Clarity of exposition from a well-known and respected commentator in the field Focus boxes to facilitate comprehension Tremendous range of material Powerful organization of the material around key organizing principles The book is a major accomplishment which will quickly establish itself as the key set text in Sociology and Social Theory courses.

About Author

John Scott is an honorary professor at the Universities of Essex, Exeter, and Copenhagen. He was formerly professor of sociology at the Universities of Essex and Leicester and pro-vice-chancellor for research at the University of Plymouth. He has been president of the British Sociological Association, chair of the Sociology Section of the British Academy, and in 2013 was awarded the CBE for services to social science. His work covers theoretical sociology, the history of sociology, elites and social stratification, and social network analysis. His most recent books include British Social Theory: Recovering Lost Traditions before 1950 (SAGE, 2018), Envisioning Sociology. Victor Branford, Patrick Geddes, and the Quest for Social Reconstruction (with Ray Bromley, SUNY Press, 2013), Objectivity and Subjectivity in Social Research (with Gayle Letherby and Malcolm Williams, SAGE, 2011).

Contents

Social Theory: Should We Forget the Founders? Genealogy of the Social Renaissance and Enlightenment Britain: Individualism and Romanticism France: Revolution and Science Germany: Counter-Enlightenment and Reaction The Social Established Social Theory goes Global Culture, System and Socialisation: Formative Views Culture and Collective Mentality Cultural Development and Differentiation Social Systems as Organisms Social Systems, Forces, and Engery Socialisation and Enculturation Action, Conflict and Nature: Formative Views Action, Interaction, and the Interpersonal Conflict and Collective Action Nature, Environment and Bodies Culture, System, and Socialisation: Developments Culture, Social Structure, and Lifeworlds General Systems, Functions, and Complexity Socialisation, Self, and Mentality Action, Conflict, and Nature: Developments Environment and Space Body and Embodiment Action, Strategy, and Performance Conflict, Change, and History Modernity and Rationalisation Modernity as Rationalisation Rationalisation and Political Structures Economic Rationalisation Rationalisation and Societal Communities The Inevitability of Modernity Intimations of Post-Modernity Aesthetic Modernism and Post-Modernism Late Capitalism, Disorganisation, and the Consumer Society Knowledge Society and the Post-Modern Sensibility Reflexivity, Individualisation, and Risk Transnational Networks and Global Flows

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780761970880
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 320
  • ID: 9780761970880
  • weight: 580
  • ISBN10: 0761970886

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