Critical visions: new directions in social theory

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Rowman & Littlefield, 2003 - Philosophy - 221 pages
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This remarkable book develops a wide-ranging analysis of key issues and debates in contemporary social theory. Drawing social theory, cultural studies, and psychoanalysis together in a bold configuration, Elliott challenges the widespread view that social theory seems to have lost its way as a result of the diversification of conceptual approaches. In outlining an approach that places imagination and creativity at the center of social theory, Elliott argues that theoretical pluralism--from post-structuralism to postmodernism, from psychoanalysis to deconstruction--represents not the demise, but the renewal of critical social theory.

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Contents

Interdisciplinary Studies and the Fortunes of Sociology
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Interventions in Contemporary Social Theory
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Social Theory and Politics in the Writings of Anthony Giddens
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Anthony Elliott is Research Professor of Social and Political Theory at the University of the West of England, where he is Director of the Centre for Critical Theory. His recent books include "Concepts of the Self" (2001), "Psychoanalytic Theory: An Introduction" (2002, second edition), "Critical Visions" (2003) and "Social Theory Since Freud" (2004).

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