Introducing Social Theory

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Wiley, Jun 16, 2003 - Social Science - 224 pages
Written in a refreshingly lucid and engaging style and with wide-ranging appeal, Introducing Social Theory provides the reader with a coherent, well-organised and thematic introduction to all the major thinkers, issues and debates in classical and contemporary social theory.

  • Traces the development of social theorizing from the classical ideas about modernity of Durkheim, Marx and Weber to contemporary theoretical controversies.
  • Provides a cogent and highly readable account of the debates at the heart of social theorising today.
  • Clearly explains the ideas of Foucault, Bauman, Habermas, Beck and Giddens.
  • This book is remarkably easy to follow and understand – students need never be intimidated by social theory again!

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Pip Jones Principal Lecturer in Sociology, Anglia Polytechnic University, Cambridge, UK

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