Contested Knowledge: Social Theory Today (Google eBook)

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John Wiley & Sons, Sep 23, 2011 - Social Science - 328 pages
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Contested Knowledge is a well-established text offering up-to-date perspectives on social theory by one of the most important thinkers of our time. This fourth edition includes an exploration of globalization and a new section on the theories of global and world order. It provides a thoughtful and rigorous, yet highly accessible and reader-friendly account of social theory.

  • Responds to current issues, debates, and new social movements
  • Reviews sociological theory from a truly contemporary perspective
  • Examines both classical and contemporary theories
  • Combines social analysis and moral advocacy to demonstrate how social theory contributes to the making of a better world
  • Challenges social scientists to renew their commitment to the important moral and political role social knowledge plays in public life
  • A thoughtful and rigorous, yet highly accessible and reader-friendly account of social theory
  • An accompanying website containing additional support for lecturers and students is available at

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Fantasic for anyone wanting to find a basic grounding in classic social theory and the arguments between opposing fields! Read full review


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About the author (2011)

Steven Seidman is Professor of Sociology at State University of New York at Albany. He is a world renowned social theorist working in the areas of social theory, culture, sexuality, comparative sociology, theory of democracy, nationalism and globalization. He is the author and editor of several books including Embattled Eros: Sexual Politics and Ethics in Contemporary America (1992), The Postmodern Turn: New Perspectives on Social Theory (editor, 1995), Queer Theory/Sociology (Blackwell, 1996), The New Social Theory Reader: Contemporary Debates (edited with Jeffrey C. Alexander, 2001), and Beyond the Closet: The Transformation of Gay and Lesbian Life (2002).

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