An Invitation to Social Theory

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Polity, Feb 27, 2012 - Social Science - 320 pages
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Social theory is a crucial resource for the social sciences. It provides rich insights into how human beings think and act, and how contemporary social life is constructed. But often the key ideas of social theorists are expressed in highly technical and difficult language that can hide more than it reveals.

Cutting through the often off-putting writing styles of social theorists, this book demonstrates exactly what social theory is about, clearly presenting the key themes of major social theory from the classical thinkers onwards. Areas covered include Marxism, structuralism, post-structuralism, phenomenology, symbolic interactionism, feminism and structuration theories. Wide-ranging in scope and coverage, the book is concise in presentation and free from jargon.

Showing why social theory matters, and why it is of far-reaching social and political importance, the book is ideal for students across the social sciences seeking a clear, crisp mapping of a complex but very rewarding area.

 

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Contents

Extending an Invitation
1
Classical Paradigms
13
Functionalist and Systems Theory Paradigms
38
Marxist and Critical Theory Paradigms
62
Phenomenological Paradigms
86
The Symbolic Interactionist Paradigm
107
Rational Choice and Exchange Theory Paradigms
129
The Process Sociological Paradigm
150
PostModernist Paradigms
189
Structurationist Paradigms
208
Feminist Paradigms
235
Globalization Paradigms
258
The Development of Social Theory in 13 Points
282
References
286
Index
310
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Structuralist and PostStructuralist Paradigms
165

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About the author (2012)

David Inglis is professor of sociology at the University of Aberdeen

Christopher Thorpe is lecturer in sociology at the Robert Gordon University

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