Politics, Sociology and Social Theory

Encounters with Classical and Contemporary Social Thought
Author: Anthony Giddens
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 0745666566
Category: Social Science
Page: 312
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Built upon a series of critical encounters with major figures in classical and present-day social and political thought, this volume offers not only a challenging critique of major traditions of social and political analysis, but unique insights into the ideas which Giddens has developed over the past two decades.

Politics, Sociology and Social Theory

Encounters with Classical and Contemporary Social Thought
Author: Anthony Giddens
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 0745677177
Category: Social Science
Page: 312
View: 9402

Built upon a series of critical encounters with major figures in classical and present-day social and political thought, this volume offers not only a challenging critique of major traditions of social and political analysis, but unique insights into the ideas which Giddens has developed over the past two decades.

The Catholic Ethic and Global Capitalism


Author: Bryan Fields
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1351775502
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 294
View: 4216

This title was first published in 2003. Fields traces the origins of recent economic growth in Ireland over a long period of development. In doing so, he opens up an old debate with new data, interpretations and evidence that will force many to question existing truths about the role of religion in economic growth. The work is founded on an innovative methodology and unique primary and secondary resource material that has never been used in a study of this kind. This is timely as the area has a growing international market and addresses some recently ignored themes in the Social Sciences, in particular religion. Whilst concerned with global issues this text also focuses on one country which economists and sociologists as well as those in other Social Sciences areas will find of great interest.

Politics, Social Theory, Utopia and the World-System

Arguments in Political Sociology
Author: C. el-Ojeili
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 0230367216
Category: Social Science
Page: 237
View: 782

This book surveys central issues and paradigms in contemporary political sociology, urging a recommitment to certain concepts and traditions for guidance in thinking and acting in the world.

The Blackwell Companion to Major Contemporary Social Theorists


Author: George Ritzer
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 047099990X
Category: Social Science
Page: 384
View: 4839

The Blackwell Companion to Major Contemporary Social Theorists is a survey of contemporary social theory that focuses on the thinkers themselves. In original essays especially commissioned for this volume, leading experts and practitioners examine the life and work of 13 major theorists such as Elias, Baudrillard, Giddens, and Butler. Includes 13 original essays by leading scholars on major contemporary social theorists. Covers key figures such as Elias, Goffman, Foucault, Habermas, Giddens, Bourdieu, and Butler. Essays include biographical sketches, the social and intellectual context, and the impact of the thinker's work on social theory generally. Includes bibliographies of the theorist's most important works as well as key secondary works. Can be used in conjunction with The Blackwell Companion to Major Classical Social Theorists, edited by George Ritzer, for a complete reference source in social theory.

The Politics of the Black "nation"

A Twenty-five Year Retrospective
Author: Georgia Anne Persons
Publisher: Transaction Publishers
ISBN: 9781412831376
Category: Social Science
Page: 298
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This volume of the National Political Science Review, the official publication of the National Political Science Association, is anchored by a major symposium on The Politics of the Black "Nation," the book authored by Matthew Holden in 1973, which is now considered one of the most influential books in the field of black politics. Twenty-five years provide a sufficient timespan on which to base a retrospective of the book and simultaneously to reflect upon the evolution of the black liberation struggle, more formally called, African American politics. In the present age, there is not much talk about "a black nation," certainly not as was heard during the 1960s and mid-1970s. Yet there is a persistent sense of separateness in that there is constant thought and talk of "Black America" as a significantly separate communal entity. Black Americans are seen as a racially and culturally distinct community holding to social, political, economic interests which have special significance and poignancy for them. Holden's perception of the nature of the times in the early seventies stands in sharp contrast to how contemporary analysts of African American politics tend to perceive the nature of African Americans' role in political life and their position in American society in the present age. In this retrospective, readers have the opportunity to get a sense of what Holden argued of the seven essays that make up his seminal volume and to consider how well Holden's observations have stood the tests of time. In addition to the essays presented at the symposium, which pointedly discuss Holden's work, there are essays dealing with "African American Politics in Constancy and Change," by contributors including Charles Henry, David Covin, Robert C. Smith, Clyde Lusane, Cheryl Miller, D'Linell Finley, and Sekou Franklin, among others. Other features are a highly informative discussion of the Literary Digest magazine's Straw-Vote Presidential Polls, 1916-1936, and a review essay by Peter Ronaye in which he discusses "America as 'New World' Power: U.S. Foreign Policy in the Post-Cold War Era." The volume concludes with fifteen book reviews by knowledgeable scholars. The Politics of the Black "Nation" is a timely, thought-provoking volume. It will be of immense value to ethnic studies specialists, African American studies scholars, political scientists, historians, and sociologists. Georgia A. Persons is professor in the School of Public Policy at the Georgia Institute of Technology and the current editor of the National Political Science Review.

Illuminating Social Life

Classical and Contemporary Theory Revisited
Author: Peter Kivisto
Publisher: SAGE Publications
ISBN: 1483321223
Category: Social Science
Page: 440
View: 523

The sixth edition of Peter Kivisto's popular anthology, Illuminating Social Life, continues to demonstrate to students how social theories can help them make sense of the swirling events and perplexing phenomena that they encounter in their daily lives. A perfect complement for sociological theory courses, this updated edition includes 13 original essays by leading scholars in the field that help students better understand and appreciate the relevance of social theory. Once again, Peter Kivisto's collection illuminates the connection between sociological theory and the realities that students are faced with every day —from the Internet, alcohol use, and body building to shopping malls, the working world, and fast-food restaurants

Utopia: Social Theory and the Future


Author: Keith Tester
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317002970
Category: Social Science
Page: 240
View: 5896

In the light of globalization's failure provide the universal panacea expected by some of its more enthusiastic proponents, and the current status of neo-liberalism in Europe, a search has begun for alternative visions of the future; alternatives to the free market and to rampant capitalism. Indeed, although these alternatives may not be conceived of in terms of being a 'perfect order', there does appear to be a trend towards 'utopian thinking', as people - including scholars and intellectuals - search for inspiration and visions of better futures. If, as this search continues, it transpires that politics has little to offer, then what might social theory have to contribute to the imagination of these futures? Does social theory matter at all? What resources can it offer this project of rethinking the future? Without being tied to any single political platform, Utopia: Social Theory and the Future explores some of these questions, offering a timely and sustained attempt to make social theory relevant through explorations of its resources and possibilities for utopian imaginations. It is often claimed that utopian thought has no legitimate place whatsoever in sociological thinking, yet utopianism has remained part and parcel of social theory for centuries. As such, in addition to considering the role of social theory in the imagination of alternative futures, this volume reflects on how social theory may assist us in understanding and appreciating utopia or utopianism as a special topic of interest, a special subject matter, a special analytical focus or a special normative dimension of sociological thinking. Bringing together the latest work from a leading team of social theorists, this volume will be of interest to sociologists, social and political theorists, anthropologists and philosophers.

Social Realities in the Making

The Structuration of Society and the Constitution of American Identity
Author: Irén Annus
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: National characteristics, American
Page: 173
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The Sociological Review


Author: N.A
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Electronic journals
Page: N.A
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The Nation


Author: N.A
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category:
Page: N.A
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Introduction to Politics and Society


Author: Shaun Best
Publisher: SAGE Publications Limited
ISBN: 9780761971306
Category: Social Science
Page: 276
View: 2097

Introduction to Politics and Society draws on examples from popular political culture in order to convey how politics operates in the contemporary world. Examples illustrate the meaning of theories and show the relevance of central theoretical debates. Planned and developed with an eye to the needs of students, the book is an extraordinary resource for undergraduate teaching and study needs. It will be required reading for undergraduate students in sociology, politics and social policy.

International journal of contemporary sociology


Author: N.A
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Social problems
Page: N.A
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Society as semiosis

neostructuralist theory of culture and society
Author: Risto Heiskala
Publisher: Peter Lang Pub Inc
ISBN: N.A
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 387
View: 5154

Frankfurt/M., Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Wien. Action theory, phenomenological sociology, pragmatism and (post)structuralism are often seen as mutually exclusive currents of meaning analysis. This book shows that these traditions are actually complementary, and builds a neostructuralist synthesis on this finding. It also outlines the implications of this cultural theoretical synthesis for the field of the social theory. What emerges is a variant of the theory of practice, habit and structuration of society. It shares the contemporary common belief that social theory should be based on cultural theory. Its distinctive mark is that this is done is systematic semiotic terms within a conception which provides mediation between the two most influential schools of semiotics, namely Charles Peirce's American pragmatism and Ferdinand de Saussure's French structuralism. Contents: Critique of Action Theory and Phenomenological Sociology: Meaning and Rational Action in Weber's Sociology -Quarrelling Heirs: Parsons and Schutz - Meaning and Intentional Acts: Schutz's Phenomenological Sociology - Ethnomethodology: Garfinkel's Reconstruction of Schutz and Parsons - From Intentional Action to Structuralism - Neostructuralist Theory of Culture: Saussure's Structuralism Reconstructed - The Specificity of the Saussurean Approach - Neostructuralist Semiotics - Towards a Neostructuralist Social Theory: The Levels of Cultural Analysis - Beyond the Culture/Society Split - Symbolic Signs, Socialization, and the Sacred - Power - Conclusion.

Social Theory and Social Change


Author: Trevor Noble
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780333912386
Category: Social change
Page: 260
View: 5804

Focusing on a variety of theoretical work, this text demonstrates the relevance of both classical and contemporary social theory to the wider social world. It argues that, while social theory may not answer everything, it helps focus our questions about social change, its causes and effects.

Social Action

Variations, Dimensions and Dilemmas
Author: Mohammadrafi Mahmoodian
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9789150612356
Category: Social action
Page: 288
View: 9423



Conversations with Anthony Giddens

Making Sense of Modernity
Author: Anthony Giddens,Christopher Pierson
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 0745666426
Category: Social Science
Page: 248
View: 9273

Anthony Giddens has been described as 'the most important English social philosopher of our time'. Over twenty-five years, and even more books, he has established himself as the most widely-read and widely-cited social theorist of his generation. His ideas have profoundly influenced the writing and teaching of sociology and social theory throughout the English-speaking world. In recent years, his writing has become much more explicitly political, and in 1996 he took up his high-profile appointment as Director of the London School of Economics and Political Science. It is in this new position and with these new political ideas that he has been described as the key intellectual figure of New Labour in Britain. Following the astonishing success of Labour in the 1997 General Election, his ideas have been the focus of intense interest. In this series of extended interviews with Chris Pierson, Giddens lays out with customary clarity and directness the principal themes in the development of his social theory and the distinctive political agenda which he recommends. This volume will be of great interest to second- and third-year students in sociology and social theory, politics and political theory, as well as to the general reader.

After the Eclipse

Illuminating Herbert Marcuse's One Dimensional Man
Author: Black Hawk Hancock
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category:
Page: 206
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Quarterly Journal of Ideology

QJI.
Author: N.A
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Ideology
Page: N.A
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A critique of the conventional wisdom.

In good faith

schools, religion and public funding
Author: Marie Parker-Jenkins,Dimitra Hartas,Barrie A. Irving
Publisher: Ashgate Pub Ltd
ISBN: 9780754633501
Category: Education
Page: 243
View: 6646

The growth of faith-based schools, particularly within Muslim communities, has signalled a clear change in direction as a number of religious groups have begun to question the efficacy of 'secular' schooling for all. But why is it that some faith-based schools are regarded as different from others? What makes Muslim and Sikh schools, for example, different from those classified as Anglican, Catholic or Jewish? At the heart of the debate is the question of segregation in terms of race and ethnicity.This unique book draws on first-hand research to explore these issues and the concerns that the expansion of new faith-based schools will prove to be socially divisive, encourage 'fundamentalism', and incite religious and ethnic tensions. Lord Dearing contributes the Foreword.