Postmodernism is frequently described as dealing a death-blow to sociology. This book, however, argues that it is a mistake to conceive postmodernism in terms of a fatal attack upon what sociologists do.
The contributors locate the identity of sociology `after' postmodernism as a contested site which opens up the possibility of re-imagining the enterprise of sociology. They show how this re-imagination might be conducted and trace some of the key potential consequences.
David Owen is lecturer in politics at the University of Southampton. His previous publications include Maturity and Modernity (1994) and Nietzsche, Politics and Modernity (1995). CONTRIBUTORS OUTSIDE WESTERN HEMISPHERE Samanta Ashenden Birkbeck College University of London Paul Connolly University of Ulster Mitchell Dean Macquarrie University Peter Jowers University of the West of England Thomas Osborne University of Bristol Ralph Schroeder Royal Holloway College University of London Nigel South University of Essex Sean Watson University of the West of England Malcolm Waters University of Tasmania
INTRODUCTION The Postmodern Challenge to Sociology - David Owen CLASS Inequality after Class - Malcolm Waters GENDER Feminism, Postmodernism and the Sociology of Gender - Samantha Ashenden RACE AND ETHNICITY Racism and Postmodernism: Towards a Theory of Practice - Paul Connolly CRIMINOLOGY AND DEVIANCE Late-Modern Criminology - Nigel South `Late' as in `Dead' or `Modern' as in `New' LAW Law, Politics and the Social Sciences - Alan Hunt SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY The Sociology of Science and Technology after Relativism - Ralph Schroeder CULTURE AND MEDIA Social Theory and Cultural Studies - Douglas Kellner SEXUALITY Sex after `Sexuality' - Arlene Stein From Sexology to Post-Structuralism AFFECTIVITY Somatology - Sean Watson and Peter Jowers Sociology and the Visceral MEDICINE AND THE BODY Body Amnesia - Comments on Corporeality - Thomas Osborne HISTORY AND POLITICS Sociology after Society - Mitchell Dean