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New Paradigm for Understanding Today's World

ISBN: 978-0-7456-3672-6
232 pages
November 2007, Polity
New Paradigm for Understanding Today
  • Touraine is one of the leading social thinkers in the world today and many of his books have been published in English.
  • In this book Touraine presents a new theoretical framework for understanding the contemporary world. It is a broad theoretical work which seeks to make sense of everyday experience at the beginning of the 21st century.
  • This is a major new theoretical work by one of the leading sociologists in the world today.
  • A great reference book for those studying sociology and social theory at any level.
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  • Contents
  • Introduction: A New Paradigm
  • Part One: When We Referred to Ourselves in Social Terms
  • 1 The Break
  • 9/11
  • Fear
  • A world in decline
  • Where is meaning to be found?
  • 2 Globalization
  • From the post-war states to the globalization of the economy
  • An extreme capitalism
  • The rupturing of societies
  • Alter-globalism
  • From society to war
  • A globalized world
  • 3 Europe: A State without a Nation
  • The decline of the national state
  • Is European unity possible?
  • The EU and the USA
  • The European state
  • European powerlessness
  • The absence of a European consciousness
  • 4 The End of Societies
  • The social representation of societies
  • The European mode of modernization
  • Society and modernity
  • The crisis of representation
  • The three deaths of European society
  • The irruption of democracy
  • The return of the political
  • Farewell to society
  • The war above us
  • When system and actors separate off
  • The rupturing of the social bond
  • Are we witnessing the end of social movements?
  • Conclusion
  • 5 Revisiting the Self
  • What is modernity?
  • The victory of modernity
  • The end of social thinking
  • Emancipatory individualism
  • Forms of social determinism
  • From focusing on the world to focusing on the self
  • The awakening of the subject
  • Part Two: Now that We Refer to Ourselves in Cultural Terms
  • 6 The Subject
  • The subject and identity
  • Sources of the subject
  • Defence of sociology
  • The individual subject
  • Rights
  • Are we all subjects?
  • The negation of the subject
  • A related note
  • The subject, social movements and the unconscious
  • Proximity
  • The subject and religion
  • The subject and the school
  • The experience of being a subject
  • The anti-subject
  • Between gods and societies
  • 7 Cultural Rights
  • Political rights and cultural rights
  • Minorities, multiculturalism, communitarianism
  • Redistribution and recognition
  • The new social movements
  • Modernizations
  • Entry into the post-social world
  • Sexual rights
  • The limits of cultural mixing
  • About the ‘veil’
  • Communities and communitarianisms
  • Liberals and communitarians
  • Secularism
  • Inter-cultural communication
  • Return to new ideas
  • 8 A Society of Women
  • An altered situation
  • Equality and difference
  • Sexuality and gender
  • The woman-subject
  • The role of men
  • Post-feminism
  • The Argument: By Way of Conclusion
  • Bibliography
  • Name Index
  • Subject Index
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A.Touraine, Director, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales

Translated by G.Elliot

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  • Touraine is one of the leading social thinkers in the world today and many of his books have been published in English.
  • In this book Touraine presents a new theoretical framework for understanding the contemporary world. It is a broad theoretical work which seeks to make sense of everyday experience at the beginning of the 21st century.
  • This is a major new theoretical work by one of the leading sociologists in the world today.
  • A great reference book for those studying sociology and social theory at any level.
See More
"How rare it is that one of the world's most original social theorists writes a book so plain and important that it could be used as an introductory text for first-year students. Alain Touraine's New Paradigm should be required reading for anyone who wants to understand today's world as it is coming to be."

Charles Lemert, Wesleyan University

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