Social Theory: Central Issues in Sociology

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SAGE, 2006 - Social Science - 308 pages
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This is a comprehensive, critical review of social theory that places leading contributions in their larger context. Written predominantly for students, the scope and range of the subjects and authors dealt with results in one of the most comprehensive introductions to social theory published to date. Ranging from the philosophical foundations of sociology and the discovery of `the social' to distinctive sociological approaches, to the significance of issues pertaining to gender and patriarchy, to questions of modernity and post-modernity, the book is comprehensive in subject matter.
 

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Contents

Genealogy of the Social
7
Formative Views
35
Formative Views
79
Developments
115
Developments
155
Modernity and Rationalisation
183
Intimations of PostModernity
219
Bibliography
259
Index
300
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About the author (2006)

John Scott is Professor of Sociology and Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research at Plymouth University. He was previously Professor of Sociology at Essex University and Leicester University. He is a Fellow of the British Academy, an Academician of the Academy of learned Societies in the Social Sciences, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. An active member of the British Sociological Association, he has held the posts of Secretary, Treasurer, Chairperson, and President. His most recent publications are Conceptualising the Social World (Cambridge University Press, 2011), The Sage Handbook of Social Network Analysis (edited with Peter Carrington, Sage Publications, 2011), and Sociology (with James Fulcher, Oxfords University Press, 2011). His current work on the history of British sociology will appears as Envisioning Sociology. Victor Branford, Patrick Geddes, and the Quest for Social Reconstruction (with Ray Bromley, SUNY Press, 2013).

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