The Blackwell Companion to Social Theory, 2nd Edition
April 2000, Wiley-Blackwell
Preface to the Second Edition.
Introduction: Bryan S. Turner (University of Cambridge).
Part I: Foundations:.
1. The Foundations of Social Theory - origins and trajectories: Gerald Delanty (University of Liverpool).
2. The Philosophy of Social Science: William Outhwaite (University of Sussex).
Part II: Actions, Actors, Systems:.
3. Theories of Action and Praxis: Ira J. Cohen (Rutgers University).
4. Systems Theory and Functionalism: Frank J. Lechner (Emory University).
5. Psychoanalysis and Social Theory: Anthony Elliott (Monash University).
6. Structuralism: Roy Boyne (University of Durham).
Part III: Perspectives on Social and Cultural Analysis:.
7. Symbolic Interactionism in the Twentieth Century: Ken Plummer (University of Essex).
8. Sociological Theory and Rational Choice Theory: Peter Abell (London School of Economics).
9. Anthropology and Social Theory: James D. Faubion (Rice University).
10. Phenomenology and Sociology: Steven Vaitkus (University of Bielefeld).
11. Feminisms of the Second Wave: Terry Lovell (University of Warwick).
12. Feminisms Transformed? Terry Lovell (University of Warwick).
13. Cultural Sociology and Cultural Sciences: Steven Connor (Birbeck College).
Part IV:Perspectives on Time and Space:.
14. Historical Sociology: John Mandalios (Griffith University).
15. Sociology of Time and Space: John Urry (Lancaster University).
Part V: Contemporary Developments in Social Theory:.
16. Postmodern Social Theory: Barry Smart (University of Portsmouth).
17. Outline of a General Sociology of the Body: Bryan S. Turner (University of Cambridge).
Part VI: Intellectuals and the Public Sphere:.
18. Social Theory and the Public Sphere: Craig Calhoun (University of North Carolina).
* Thematic coverage that examines the work of the major theorists and also looks at recent trends in scholarship.
* Contains four completely new chapters plus revised and expanded chapters from the first edition.
"The striking motif of this revised reader-friendly companion is Bryan Turner’s welcome dismissal of ‘decorative theory’ – that is cultural theory which has become an end in itself. He urges a return to historical and comparative studies reflected by new chapters on social anthropology and the body." – Ray Pahl, University of Kent