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Back to the Future (RLE Social Theory): Modernity, Postmodernity and Locality

Back to the Future (RLE Social Theory): Modernity, Postmodernity and Locality

1st Edition

Philip Cooke
February 10, 2017

Is modernity being replaced by an opposite culture of postmodernity, or is postmodernism simply an internal critique of modernist culture? This key question is central to this stimulating book which explores the transformations taking place in social life, cultural preferences, economic...

Meanings and Situations (RLE Social Theory)

Meanings and Situations (RLE Social Theory)

1st Edition

Arthur Brittan
January 27, 2017

Meanings and Situations is an account of the ‘interactionist’ position. It is a committed account in the sense that it sees the central concerns of social psychology and sociology as being located in an interpretative and humanistic framework. At the same time, it argues for a bio-social image of...

Logic and Social Choice (RLE Social Theory)

Logic and Social Choice (RLE Social Theory)

1st Edition

Yasusuke Murakami
January 27, 2017

How is a social decision made out of individual members' decisions? This is one of the primary questions in the social sciences. Logic and Social Choice provides an answer to the topic by the application of mathematical logic. Yasusuke Murakami formulates social decision-making in logical terms,...

Social Forms/Human Capacities (RLE Social Theory): Essays in Authority and Difference

Social Forms/Human Capacities (RLE Social Theory): Essays in Authority and Difference

1st Edition

Philip Corrigan
January 27, 2017

This is an exhilarating book, written by one of sociology’s most imaginative theorists and critics. Professor Corrigan proceeds by turning old answers into new questions. He draws on a rich tradition of thought from sociology, philosophy, structuralism, post-structuralism, and literary criticism to...

Matters of Fact (RLE Social Theory): A Sociological Inquiry

Matters of Fact (RLE Social Theory): A Sociological Inquiry

1st Edition

Stanley Raffel
January 27, 2017

Facts may seem to be independent, but in this study Stanley Raffle looks at them as expressions of commitment. Medical records, he believes, furnish a principal example of the actively oriented character of the factual commitment, and he draws on his experience of research among the records of a...

The Family, Politics, and Social Theory (RLE Social Theory)

The Family, Politics, and Social Theory (RLE Social Theory)

1st Edition

D.H.J. Morgan
January 27, 2017

This book explores and clarifies all the major issues and developments within ‘family theorising’. It covers the extraordinary growth and variety of approaches to the family over the last decade, the most significant being the impact of feminism and the professional and state intervention into the...

Problems of Reflexivity and Dialectics in Sociological Inquiry (RLE Social Theory): Language Theorizing Difference

Problems of Reflexivity and Dialectics in Sociological Inquiry (RLE Social Theory): Language Theorizing Difference

1st Edition

Barry Sandywell, David Silverman, Maurice Roche, Paul Filmer, Michael Phillipson
January 27, 2017

This is a work of social theory and philosophy which seeks to make the constitution of social theory a ‘social’ activity. It is essentially a collaborative text, by five authors, committed to a re-awakening of some of the forgotten dimensions of social theorizing. The collaborative work was...

Social Theory and Political Practice (RLE Social Theory)

Social Theory and Political Practice (RLE Social Theory)

1st Edition

Brian Fay
November 25, 2016

This book examines the question of how our knowledge of social life affects, and ought to affect, our way of living it. In so doing, it critically discusses two epistemological models of social science – the positivist and the interpretive – from the viewpoint of the political theories which, it is...

Legitimacy and the Politics of the Knowable (RLE Social Theory)

Legitimacy and the Politics of the Knowable (RLE Social Theory)

1st Edition

Roger Holmes
October 17, 2016

Roger Holme's work in social and industrial psychology is widely respected. The theme of this first collection of his essays is the relationship of the individual with the formal, value-laden group on the one hand and the scientifically known and the philosophically asserted on the other. Roger...

Ideas and Intervention (RLE Social Theory): Social Theory for Practice

Ideas and Intervention (RLE Social Theory): Social Theory for Practice

1st Edition

Joe Bailey
October 17, 2016

Theorizing in sociology has increasingly become a self-generating and self-fulfilling activity, as sociologists absorb theory as an isolated and formalist part of their discipline. Joe Bailey believes that sociological theory should be a contribution to practical social intervention. His book...

Baudrillard (RLE Social Theory): Critical and Fatal Theory

Baudrillard (RLE Social Theory): Critical and Fatal Theory

1st Edition

Mike Gane
October 17, 2016

Baudrillard is widely recognised as a powerful new force in cultural and social criticism, and is often referred to as the ‘High Priest of Postmodernism’. This study presents a detached assessment of his social thought and his reputation, challenging the way his work has been received in...

Functionalism, Exchange and Theoretical Strategy (RLE Social Theory)

Functionalism, Exchange and Theoretical Strategy (RLE Social Theory)

1st Edition

Michael Mulkay
October 17, 2016

M.J. Mulkay traces the development of certain recent versions of functionalism and exchange theory in sociology, with special attention to 'theoretical strategy'. He uses this term to refer to the policies which theorists adopt to ensure that their work contributes to their long range theoretical...

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