The Future of Social Theory

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Nicholas Gane
A&C Black, May 2, 2004 - Political Science - 210 pages
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The basic concept of society has come under attack - political acts, critical theory, new media and even history itself have undermined what we think of as the social. The Future of Social Theory brings together new interviews with the world's leading social theorists on what society means today: Zygmunt Bauman, John Urry, Saska Sassen, Bruno Latour, Scott Lash, Nikolas Rose, Judith Butler and Francoise Verges.

The topics covered include: liquid modernization and the individualization of the society; the shift towards global forms of chaos and complexity; the displacement of the social into global city networks; the shift away from a theory of the social to a theory of space; the transformation of society with the rise of new technology; the continuing influence of historical forms of political power; society as a gendered idea; and society as a product of Empire.
 

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Contents

Rethinking Social Theory
1
Liquid Sociality
17
Reanimating the Social
47
The Social as Association
77
Information is Alive
91
Complex Mobilities
109
Space and Power
125
The Cosmopolitan Turn
143
Governing the Social
167
Postcolonial Challenges
186
Index
205
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Nicholas Gane is Lecturer in Sociology in the Department of Sociology at the University of York and author of 'Max Weber and Postmodern Theory' and co-editor of 'Roland Barthes: Critical Assessments' (3 volumes forthcoming)

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