The Sociology of Progress

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Psychology Press, 2003 - Social Science - 272 pages
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This volume is a comprehensive collection of critical essays on The Taming of the Shrew, and includes extensive discussions of the play's various printed versions and its theatrical productions. Aspinall has included only those essays that offer the most influential and controversial arguments surrounding the play. The issues discussed include gender, authority, female autonomy and unruliness, courtship and marriage, language and speech, and performance and theatricality.
 

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Contents

The roots of the idea of progress
3
Progress and the European enlightenment
16
Progress through order and progress through
34
Progress and evolution
56
The decline of optimism
72
Two concepts of progress
111
The sociological ethic 1
137
The sociological ethic 2
147
The search for functional requisites
164
Needs morals and society
189
The sociological theory of progress and some
203
Progress and some problems of the sociology
217
Conclusion
231
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