Beyond the Enlightenment: Lives and Thoughts of Social Theorists

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 2004 - Philosophy - 242 pages
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Important ideas that helped shape 20th-century thought--ideas which continue to hold great significance for anyone interested in the social world--are made accessible in this illuminating volume. Readers will be motivated to delve into the deeper pool of knowledge available on major social theorists and their groundbreaking ideas.

A mixture of biographical and historical ideas, this book was written to introduce social theory to a broad audience. It looks at the intersection between the theorist as a social actor and as a reflection of his or her time. The volume's breadth makes it a useful tool for those interested in sociology and its many luminaries.

 

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Contents

The Enlightenment and Beyond
1
Georg Hegel Foundations of Modern Social Thought
9
Auguste Comte The Origins of Modern European Sociology
17
Herbert Spencer Survival of the Fittest
27
Harriet Martineau Feminist Sociologist
35
Karl Marx Capitalism and Human Exploitation
43
Emile Durkheim The Eclipse of Community
51
Max Weber Reason and Bureaucracy
59
Norbert Elias The Civilizing Process
123
Simone de Beauvoir Otherness
131
Hannah Arendt Banality of Reason
139
Claude LeviStrauss Structural Anthropology
147
Frantz Fanon Race and Postcolonialism
153
Structuralism and Beyond Derrida Lacan and Foucault
161
Talcott Parsons The Systems Society
175
Erving Goffman The Drama of Self
181

Sigmund Freud The Unconscious Civilization
67
Friedrich Nietzsche The Will to Power
77
Georg Simmel Sociologist as Outsider
85
W E B Du Bois Double Consciousness and Race
91
Antonio Gramsci Critique of Hegemonic Capitalism
99
The Frankfurt School Horkheimer and Adorno
105
Herbert Marcuse Eros and Liberation
113
Walter Benjamin Art and Modernity
117
Feminist Social Theory Chodorow Butler and hooks
187
Postmodernism Baudrillard Haraway and Bauman
197
Jürgen Habermas Communicative Action
211
Pierre Bourdieu Habitus
217
Anthony Giddens Structuration Theory
223
Bibliography
229
Index
237
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ROGER A. SALERNO is an urban sociologist with extensive experience and training in urban planning. He holds a Ph.D. in Urban planning from NYU.

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