The New Blackwell Companion to Social Theory
Wiley Blackwell Companions to Sociology 1. Aufl.
A comprehensive new collection covering the principal traditions and critical contemporary issues of social theory. Builds on the success of The Blackwell Companion to Social Theory, second edition with substantial revisions, entirely new contributions, and a fresh editorial direction Explores contemporary areas such as actor network theory, social constructionism, human rights and cosmopolitanism Includes chapters on demography, science and technology studies, and genetics and social theory Emphasizes key areas of sociology which have had an important impact in shaping the discipline as a whole
List of Contributors viii Introduction: A New Agenda for Social Theory? 1Bryan S. Turner PART I FOUNDATIONS 17 1 The Foundations of Social Theory 19Gerard Delanty 2 Contemporary Sociological Theory: Post-Parsonian Developments 38John Holmwood 3 Philosophy of the Social Sciences 60Patrick Baert and Fernando Domínguez Rubio PART II ACTIONS, ACTORS, AND SYSTEMS 81 4 Theories of Social Action 83Rob Stones 5 Functionalism and Social Systems Theory 106Giuseppe Sciortino 6 Structuralism and Poststructuralism 124Daniel Chaffee and Charles Lemert 7 Actor Network Theory and Material Semiotics 141John Law 8 Ethnomethodology and Social Theory 159Richard A. Hilbert9 Rational Choice Theory 179Raymond Boudon PART III PERSPECTIVES ON SOCIAL AND CULTURAL ANALYSIS 197 10 Pragmatism and Symbolic Interactionism 199Jack Barbalet 11 Phenomenology 218Michael G. Flaherty 12 Feminist Theory 235Mary Evans 13 Postmodern Social Theory 251Jan Pakulski 14 Social Constructionism 281Darin Weinberg 15 Conversation Analysis as Social Theory 300John Heritage 16 Globalization Theory 321John Boli and Frank J. Lechner PART IV SOCIOLOGY AND THE SOCIAL SCIENCES 341 17 Genetics and Social Theory 343Oonagh Corrigan 18 Economic Sociology 360Richard Swedberg 19 Cultural Sociology 378Isaac Reed and Jeffrey C. Alexander 20 Historical Sociology 391Krishan Kumar 21 The Sociology of Religion 409Michele Dillon 22 Demography 428John MacInnes and Julio Pérez Díaz 23 Science and Technology Studies: From Controversies to Posthumanist Social Theory 451Sophia Roosth and Susan Silbey PART V NEW DEVELOPMENTS 475 24 Mobilities and Social Theory 477John Urry 25 Sociological Theory and Human Rights: Two Logics, One World 496Judith Blau and Alberto Moncada 26 The Sociology of the Body 513Bryan S. Turner 27 Cosmopolitanism and Social Theory 533Daniel Chernilo 28 The Future of Social Theory 551Stephen Turner Index 567
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Bryan S. Turner is the Presidential Professor of Sociology and Director of the Mellon Committee for the Study of Religion, The Graduate Center, The City University of New York and Director of the Institute for Religion Politics and Society at the Australian Catholic University (Melbourne). He was the Alona Evans Distinguished Visiting Professor at Wellesley College (2009-10). His most recent publications are Religion and Modern Society (Cambridge 2011) and The Religious and the Political (Cambridge 2013). With Oscar Salemink, he edited the Routledge Handbook of Religions in Asia (2014). He is the founding editor with John O’Neill of the Journal of Classical Sociology (Sage) and with Irfan Ahmad the Journal of Religious and Political Practice (Routledge).He received the Max Planck Award in 2015 or research on secularization and modernity: social and religious pluralism’ and the host institution is Potsdam University.
The New Blackwell Companion to Social Theory builds on the success of The Blackwell Companion to Social Theory, second edition (2000) providing a comprehensive guide to the principal traditions of social theory, whilst also exploring critical contemporary issues and engaging sociology with other major areas of the social sciences. Bringing together leading scholars from various branches of social theory, this authoritative collection covers areas from classical sociology to actor network theory and structuralism to the sociology of the body. The book also emphasizes certain key areas of sociology which have had an important impact in shaping the discipline as a whole, such as feminist social theory, economic sociology, and the sociology of religion. The New Companion argues for a restoration and invigoration of the role of social theory in contemporary sociology, if the discipline is to remain dynamic, critical and relevant.
"The New Blackwell Companion to Social Theory is aptly titled since it involves a dramatic revision and updating of the previous volume. It is an excellent overview of the state of social theory with strong essays written, in the main, by many of the world's leading social theorists. An indispensable resource for anyone interested in social theory."George Ritzer, University if Maryland "Comprehensive and engaging, this new companion will help students and other readers understand both the changing agendas and the core content of social theory."Craig Calhoun, New York University
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