Situating Social Theory

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The book then examines schools of thought and social theorists that represent the current terrain of social theory, including Goffman, ethnomethodology, symbolic interactionism, Giddens, Habermas, Foucault, Bourdieu, feminisms and postmodernism. The chapters follow a common format, locating the main ideas in terms of relevant traditions and historical context, discussing how theories have subsequently developed, and examining the modifications, applications and critiques of these ideas. Throughout, a focus on the relationship between agency, ideas on the social self and social structure provides a thematic coherence.

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