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The Blackwell Companion to Social Theory, 2nd Edition

Bryan S. Turner (Editor)
ISBN: 978-0-631-21366-6
592 pages
April 2000, Wiley-Blackwell
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The Blackwell Companion to Social Theory (Second Edition) builds on the success of the first edition by adding four completely new chapters. Retained material from the first edition has been revised, extended, and updated and coverage of feminism expanded into two chapters. The book provides insights to the traditions of classical social thought as well as the major debates and developments in contemporary social theory with 18 original essays by the world's leading social theorists.
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List of Contributors.

Preface to the Second Edition. Acknowledgments.

Introduction: Bryan S. Turner (University of Cambridge).

Part I: Foundations.

Part II: Actions, Actors, Systems.

Part III: Perspectives on Social and Cultural Analysis.

Part IV:Perspectives on Time and Space.

Part V: Contemporary Developments in Social Theory.

Part VI: Intellectuals and the Public Sphere.

Index.
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Bryan S. Turner is Professor of Sociology at the University of Cambridge. He has held a number of teaching posts: at Flinders University (1982-87), the University of Utrecht (1987-90), the University of Essex (1990-93), and Deakin University (1993-98). He edited The Politics of J-F. Lyotard (with Chris Rojek, 1998), Max Weber: Critical Responses (1999) and The Talcott Parsons Reader (Blackwell, 1999), and he is closely involved with the journals Body & Society (as co-editor) and Citizenship Studies (as editor).
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* 18 essays by leading contemporary theorists examining post-classical modern social and cultural theory covering a wide range of key debates in the context of both macro and micro theory.

* 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.

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"This is an unrivalled collection of essays on social theory from the classical to the postmodern period. It keeps one up to date without abandoning the foundational issues that tie society, politics, culture, gender, and race. Each contributor has fashioned a remarkably responsible account of the topic at hand along with invaluable bibliographic guides." – John O’Neill, York University, Toronto

"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

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