The Structure of Social Theory

1st Edition

Anthony King

Routledge
Published September 12, 2012
Reference - 288 Pages
ISBN 9780415652063 - CAT# Y143837
Series: Routledge Studies in Social and Political Thought

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Drawing on the work of Gadamer, the book demonstrates that a sociology which focuses on social relations does not imply a return to idealism, nor a retreat into individualism, nor a rejection of critique. Rather, a hermeneutic sociology which prioritises human social relations is the only coherent paradigm which is available today. The author argues that sociologists studying the dramatic social transformations which are currently occuring should focus on social relations between humans; they should not attempt to understand contemporary changes in terms of structure and agency.

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