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The New Blackwell Companion to Social Theory

Bryan S. Turner (Editor)
ISBN: 978-1-4443-0500-5
640 pages
January 2009, Wiley-Blackwell
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A comprehensive new collection covering the principal traditions and critical contemporary issues of social theory.
  • Builds on the success of The Blackwell Companion to Social Theory, second edition with substantial revisions, entirely new contributions, and a fresh editorial direction
  • Explores contemporary areas such as actor network theory, social constructionism, human rights and cosmopolitanism
  • Includes chapters on demography, science and technology studies, and genetics and social theory
  • Emphasizes key areas of sociology which have had an important impact in shaping the discipline as a whole
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Table of Contents

Contributors.

Introduction: A New Agenda for Social Theory? (Bryan S. Turner, National University of Singapore).

Part I: Foundations.

1. The Foundations of Social Theory (Gerard Delanty, University of Sussex).

2. Contemporary Sociological Theory: Post-Parsonian Developments (John Holmwood, University of Birmingham).

3. Philosophy of the Social Sciences (Patrick Baert, University of Cambridge and Fernando Rubio Dominguez, University of Cambridge).

Part II: Actions, Actors, and Systems.

4. Theories of Social Action (Rob Stones, University of Essex).

5. Functionalism and Social Systems Theory (Giuseppe Sciortino, University of Trento).

6. Structuralism and Poststructuralism (David Chaffee, Flinders University and Charles Lemert, Wesleyan University, CT).

7. Actor Network Theory and Material Semiotics (John Law, Lancaster University).

8. Ethnomethodology (Richard A. Hilbert, Gustavus Adolphus College).

9. Rational Choice Theory (Raymond Boudon, University of Paris--Sorbonne).

Part III: Perspectives on Social and Cultural Analysis.

10. Pragmatism and Symbolic Interactionism (Jack Barbalet, University of Leicester).

11. Phenomenology (Michael G. Flaherty, Eckerd College).

12. Feminist Theory (Mary Evans, Gender Institute, London School of Economics and Political Science).

13. Postmodern Social Theory (Jan Pakulski, University of Tasmania).

14. Social Constructionism (Darin Weinberg, University of Cambridge).

15. Conversation Analysis and Social Theory (John Heritage, University of California, Los Angeles).

16. Globalization Theory (John Boli, Emory University and Frank J. Lechner, Emory University).

Part IV: Sociology and the Social Sciences.

17. Genetics and Social Theory (Oonagh Corrigan, University of Plymouth).

18. Economic Sociology (Richard Swedberg, Cornell University).

19. Cultural Sociology (Jeffrey C. Alexander, Yale University and Isaac Reed, University of Colorado).

20. Historical Sociology (Krishan Kumar, University of Virginia).

21. The Sociology of Religion (Michele Dillon, University of New Hampshire).

22. Demography (John MacInnes, University of Edinburgh and Julio Pérez Diaz, Spanish Council for Scientific Research).

23. Science and Technology Studies (Sophia Roosth (MIT) and Susan Silbey, Fellow of the American Academy of Political and Social Science).

Part V: New Developments.

24. Mobilities and Social Theory (John Urry, Lancaster University).

25. Sociological Theory and Human Rights: Two Logics, One World (Judith Blau, University of North Carolina and Alberto Moncada, Valencia Center, UNESCO).

26. The Sociology of the Body (Bryan S. Turner, National University of Singapore).

27. Cosmopolitanism and Social Theory (Daniel Chernilo, University of Alberto Hurtado).

28. The Future of Social Theory (Stephen Turner, University of South Florida).

Index.

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Author Information

Bryan S. Turner is the Presidential Professor of Sociology and Director of the Mellon Committee for the Study of Religion, The Graduate Center, The City University of New York and Director of the Institute for Religion Politics and Society at the Australian Catholic University (Melbourne). He was the Alona Evans Distinguished Visiting Professor at Wellesley College (2009-10). His most recent publications are Religion and Modern Society (Cambridge 2011) and The Religious and the Political (Cambridge 2013). With Oscar Salemink, he edited the Routledge Handbook of Religions in Asia (2014). He is the founding editor with John O’Neill of the Journal of Classical Sociology (Sage) and with Irfan Ahmad the Journal of Religious and Political Practice (Routledge).He received the Max Planck Award in 2015 or research on secularization and modernity: social and religious pluralism’ and the host institution is Potsdam University.
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The Wiley Advantage


  • Builds on the success of The Blackwell Companion to Social Theory, second edition with substantial revisions, entirely new contributions, and a fresh editorial direction
  • Provides a comprehensive guide to the principal traditions of social theory from classical sociology and the philosophy of the social sciences to phenomenology and conversation analysis
  • Explores contemporary areas such as actor network theory, social constructionism, human rights and cosmopolitanism
  • Includes chapters on demography, science and technology studies, and genetics and social theory
  • Emphasizes key areas of sociology which have had an important impact in shaping the discipline as a whole
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Reviews

"Every university should be considering acquiring this book for its library stock.... This is a solid and worthy resource for students at the level of bright undergraduates or taught postgraduates in a wide range of academic disciplines." (Reference Reviews, 2009)

"The New Blackwell Companion to Social Theory is aptly titled since it involves a dramatic revision and updating of the previous volume. It is an excellent overview of the state of social theory with strong essays written, in the main, by many of the world's leading social theorists. An indispensable resource for anyone interested in social theory."
George Ritzer, University if Maryland

"Comprehensive and engaging, this new companion will help students and other readers understand both the changing agendas and the core content of social theory."
Craig Calhoun, New York University

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