Social theory : twenty introductory lectures / Hans Joas and Wolfgang Knöbl ; translated by Alex Skinner

Author(s): Joas, Hans, 1948-
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Subjects: Social sciences--Philosophy--History--20th century
Sociology--Philosophy--History--20th century
Formats: Print
Material Type: Books
Language: English, German (translated from), Translation from German
Audience: Unspecified
Published: Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2009
LC Classification: H
Table of Contents: I. What is theory? 1
II. The classical attempt at synthesis: Talcott Parsons 20
III. Parsons on the road to normativist functionalism 43
IV. Parsons and the elaboration of normativist functionalism 68
V. Neo-utilitarianism 94
VI. Interpretive approaches (1) : symbolic interactionism 123
VII. Interpretive approaches (2): ethnomethodology 150
VIII. Conflict sociology and conflict theory 174
IX. Habermas and critical theory 199
X. Habermas' 'theory of communicative action' 222
XI. Niklas Luhmann's radicalization of functionalism 249
XII. Anthony Giddens' theory of structuration and the new British sociology of power 281
XIII. The renewal of Parsonianism and modernization theory 308
XIV. Structuralism and poststructuralism 339
XV. Between structuralism and theory of practice: The cultural sociology of Pierre Bourdieu 371
XVI. French anti-structuralists (Cornelius Castoriadis, Alain Touraine and Paul Ricoeur) 401
XVII. Feminist social theories 432
XVIII. A crisis of modernity? New diagnoses (Ulrich Beck, Zygmunt Bauman, Robert Bellah, and the debate between liberals and communitarians) 463
XIX. Neo-pragmatism 500
XX. How things stand 529
Bibliography 561
Author Index 592
Subject Index 599
Alternate Title(s): Sozialtheorie.
Additional Authors: Knöbl, Wolfgang, 1963-
Skinner, Alex
Notes: LCCN: 2009015141
ISBN: 9780521870634 (hardback : alk. paper)
ISBN: 0521870631 (hardback : alk. paper)
ISBN: 9780521690881
ISBN: 0521690889
Contents: What is theory? -- The classical attempt at synthesis: Talcott Parsons -- Parsons on the road to normativist functionalism -- Parsons and the elaboration of normativist functionalism -- Neo-utilitarianism -- Interpretive approaches (1): symbolic interactionism -- Interpretive approaches (2): ethnomethodology -- Conflict sociology and conflict theory -- Habermas and critical theory -- Habermas' 'theory of communicative action' -- Niklas Luhmann's radicalization of functionalism -- Anthony Giddens' theory of structuration and the new British sociology of power -- The renewal of Parsonianism and modernization theory -- Structuralism and poststructuralism -- Between structuralism and theory of practice: the cultural sociology of Pierre Bourdieu -- French anti-structuralists (Cornelius Castoriadis, Alain Touraine and Paul Ricoeur) -- Feminist social theories -- A crisis of modernity? New diagnoses (Ulrich Beck, Zygmunt Bauman, Robert Bellah, and the debate between liberals and communitarians) -- Neopragmatism -- How things stand
Includes bibliographical references and indexes
Translated from the German
Physical Description: xii, 605 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
OCLC Number: 286434685
ISBN/ISSN: 9780521870634
0521870631
9780521690881
0521690889

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