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Georges Bataille: The Sacred and Society

Georges Bataille: The Sacred and Society

1st Edition

William Pawlett
August 13, 2015

In this comprehensive and engaging study Georges Bataille’s central ideas – the sacred, community and eroticism – are explored in detail. Bataille’s project to understand social bonds and energies at their most fundamental level and to re-energise society by challenging individualism is...

Max Weber

Max Weber

2nd Edition

Frank Parkin
May 31, 2013

This study of Weber's sociology, written by an eminent authority, is a clear and illuminating discussion of the most important elements of Weber's thinking. The book concentrates on four main elements of Weber's work: his approach to sociological method, ethical neutrality and historical...

Bruno Latour: Hybrid Thoughts in a Hybrid World

Bruno Latour: Hybrid Thoughts in a Hybrid World

1st Edition

Anders Blok, Torben Elgaard Jensen
September 13, 2012

French sociologist and philosopher, Bruno Latour, is one of the most significant and creative thinkers of the last decades. Bruno Latour: Hybrid Thoughts in a Hybrid World is the first comprehensive and accessible English-language introduction to this multi-faceted work. The book focuses on core...

Niklas Luhmann

Niklas Luhmann

1st Edition

Christian Borch
March 25, 2011

Niklas Luhmann offers an accessible introduction to one of the most important sociologists of our time. It presents the key concepts within Luhmann’s multifaceted theory of modern society, and compares them with the work of other key social theorists such as Jürgen Habermas, Michel Foucault, and...

Jean Baudrillard: Against Banality

Jean Baudrillard: Against Banality

1st Edition

William Pawlett
November 15, 2007

This uniquely engaging introduction to Jean Baudrillard’s controversial writings covers his entire career focusing on Baudrillard’s central, but little understood, notion of symbolic exchange. Through the clarification of this key term a very different Baudrillard emerges: not the nihilistic...

Erving Goffman

Erving Goffman

1st Edition

Greg Smith
August 03, 2006

Decades after his death, the figure of Erving Goffman (1922–82) continues to fascinate. Perhaps the best-known sociologist of the second half of the twentieth century, Goffman was an unquestionably significant thinker whose reputation extended well beyond his parent discipline. A host of concepts...

Auguste Comte

Auguste Comte

1st Edition

Mike Gane
July 06, 2006

Auguste Comte is widely acknowledged as the founder of the science of sociology and the 'Religion of Humanity'. In this fascinating study, the first major reassessment of Comte’s sociology for many years, Mike Gane draws on recent scholarship and presents a new reading of this remarkable figure....

Zygmunt Bauman

Zygmunt Bauman

1st Edition

Tony Blackshaw
August 18, 2005

This timely book provides the definitive concise introduction to the phenomenon of Zygmunt Bauman. After introducing the man, his major influences and his special way of 'thinking sociologically', author Blackshaw traces the development of Bauman's project by identifying and explaining the major...

Marx and Marxism

Marx and Marxism

2nd Edition

Peter Worsley
November 14, 2002

Karl Marx probably had more influence on the political course of the last century than any other social thinker. There are many different kinds of Marxism, and the Twentieth Century saw two huge Marxist states in total opposition to one another. In the West, Marxism has never presented a...

Pierre Bourdieu

Pierre Bourdieu

2nd Edition

Richard Jenkins
October 10, 2002

This short critical introduction to Pierre Bourdieu's thought is a model of clarity and insight. Where Bourdieu's own writings are often complex, even ambiguous, Richard Jenkins is direct, concise and to the point. He emphasizes Bourdieu's contributions to theory and methodology while also dealing...

Pierre Bourdieu

Pierre Bourdieu

2nd Edition

Richard Jenkins
October 03, 2002

This short critical introduction to Pierre Bourdieu's thought is a model of clarity and insight. Where Bourdieu's own writings are often complex, even ambiguous, Richard Jenkins is direct, concise and to the point. He emphasizes Bourdieu's contributions to theory and methodology while also dealing...

Michel Foucault

Michel Foucault

2nd Edition

Barry Smart
October 03, 2002

In investigating the major works of Michel Foucault, Barry Smart focuses on the analysis of the relations of power and knowledge and modes of objectification through which human beings are made subjects; and addresses controversial issues concerning the state and resistance to power. The...

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