LoveReading

Becoming a member of the LoveReading community is free.

No catches, no fine print just unadulterated book loving, with your favourite books saved to your own digital bookshelf.

New members get entered into our monthly draw to win £100 to spend in your local bookshop Plus lots lots more…

Find out more

Social theory

See below for a selection of the latest books from Social theory category. Presented with a red border are the Social theory books that have been lovingly read and reviewed by the experts at Lovereading. With expert reading recommendations made by people with a passion for books and some unique features Lovereading will help you find great Social theory books and those from many more genres to read that will keep you inspired and entertained. And it's all free!

Routledge Handbook of Identity Studies

Routledge Handbook of Identity Studies

Author: Anthony (University of South Australia, Australia) Elliott Format: Hardback Release Date: 22/07/2019

In this comprehensive, accessible Handbook, acclaimed social theorist Anthony Elliott brings together internationally distinguished and emergent scholars in the social sciences and humanities to review the major theoretical traditions, trends and trajectories in the hugely popular field of identity studies. Routledge Handbook of Identity Studies set new standards for reference works when first published, such was the far-reaching sweep of topics discussed - including identity studies reconfigured by feminism, post-structuralism and postmodernism, individualization theories, media and cultural studies, race and ethnicity, consumerism, environmentalism, post-colonialism, globalization and many more. This second edition of the Handbook contains new contributions, including an updated general introduction from Anthony Elliott on the fast-changing conditions and contours of identity transformations in the global age. There are also new chapters on the emergence of posthuman identities - with specific focus on the global consequences of biotechnology, biomedicine, robotics and artificial intelligence for the analysis of identity - and on identity mobilities. The Handbook's clear and accessibly format will appeal to a wide undergraduate audience, as well as researchers and teachers, in the social sciences and humanities.

The City In China New Perspectives On Contemporary Urbanism

The City In China New Perspectives On Contemporary Urbanism

Author: Ray Forrest Format: Hardback Release Date: 17/07/2019

In 1915 Robert Park penned his seminal paper The City: Suggestions for the investigation of human behaviour in the city environment . This book gathers together reflections from a diverse range of urban China specialists to consider its relevance today, actively engaging with the challenge of conceptualising urban China and asking important questions about the development of the contemporary city.

Researching the Powerful Public Sociology in Action

Researching the Powerful Public Sociology in Action

Author: David (University of Bath, UK) Miller Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/07/2019

This book exemplifies the public sociology approach to sociological research popularised by Michael Burawoy, showcasing how an approach that focuses on the powerful can bring new insights into how our society works. As a collection of empirically-rich sociological writings on power, influence and decision-making in late capitalism, the book highlights the wide range of path-breaking research in the field and investigates the powerful - with a particular focus on corporate and state elites and their allies in policy think-tanks, lobby groups and PR firms - as part of a corrective to sociology as the study of the powerless.

The Crisis Paradigm Description and Prescription in Social and Political Theory

The Crisis Paradigm Description and Prescription in Social and Political Theory

Author: Andrew Simon Gilbert Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/07/2019

This book examines how 20th century theorists have used a discourse of crisis to frame their conceptualizations of modernity. Through an investigation of four key thinkers (Georg Lukacs, Hannah Arendt, Reinhart Koselleck and Jurgen Habermas), Gilbert argues that scholars in the social sciences and humanities should be cautious of treating crises as explananda for research. Instead, the book calls for sociological analysis of the role of crisis within social scientific discourse, and examines how crisis has been used as a conceptual frame for legitimating theoretical agendas. Gilbert's sociology of concepts approach presents crisis as a paradigm of modern thought, and, more generally, reflects on how concepts can become the carriers of diverse intellectual traditions and debates. The Crisis Paradigm will be of interest to students and scholars of social and critical theory, politics, sociology and history, as well as those working in the fields of media studies, communication and discourse analysis.

The Routledge Companion to Actor-Network Theory

The Routledge Companion to Actor-Network Theory

Author: Anders (University of Copenhagen, Denmark) Blok Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/07/2019

This companion explores ANT as an intellectual practice, tracking its movements and engagements with a wide range of other academic and activist projects. Showcasing the work of a diverse set of `second generation' ANT scholars from around the world, it highlights the exciting depth and breadth of contemporary ANT and its future possibilities. The companion has 38 chapters, each answering a key question about ANT and its capacities. Early chapters explore ANT as an intellectual practice and highlight ANT's dialogues with other fields and key theorists. Others open critical, provocative discussions of its limitations. Later sections explore how ANT has been developed in a range of social scientific fields and how it has been used to explore a wide range of scales and sites. Chapters in the final section discuss ANT's involvement in `real world' endeavours such as disability and environmental activism, and even running a Chilean hospital. Each chapter contains an overview of relevant work and introduces original examples and ideas from the authors' recent research. The chapters orient readers in rich, complex fields and can be read in any order or combination. Throughout the volume, authors mobilize ANT to explore and account for a range of exciting case studies: from wheelchair activism to parliamentary decision-making; from racial profiling to energy consumption monitoring; from queer sex to Korean cities. A comprehensive introduction by the editors explores the significance of ANT more broadly and provides an overview of the volume. The Routledge Companion to Actor-Network Theory will be an inspiring and lively companion to academics and advanced undergraduates and postgraduates from across many disciplines across the social sciences including Sociology, Geography, Politics and Urban Studies, Environmental Studies and STS, and anyone wishing to engage with ANT, to understand what it has already been used to do, and to imagine what it might do in the future.

Forgotten Founders and Other Neglected Social Theorists

Forgotten Founders and Other Neglected Social Theorists

Author: Christopher T. Conner Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/07/2019

This edited volume highlights the work of ten forgotten and neglected social theorists in the hope of reinvigorating interest in their work and their potential contributions to the analysis of contemporary social issues. Each chapter includes a brief biographical sketch, an overview of the selected theorist's work and significance, and the relevance of their work to one or more contemporary social issues. While other similar texts tend to focus primarily on intellectual biography, our emphasis here is on the scholar's theories and their application to contemporary social issues. We provide a contextualization of each scholar's work, using present-day social issues or problems. Many of these individuals played a significant role in the development of sociology. Our hope is to provide a resource that will help re-integrate these marginalized social theorists, rescuing them from obscurity and elevating their status.

Nietzsche and Sociology Prophet of Affirmation

Nietzsche and Sociology Prophet of Affirmation

Author: Anas Karzai Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/07/2019

This book is about Friedrich Nietzsche's sociological reading of modern society. Nietzsche is often represented as a philosopher, but his uniquely sociological theories and ideas have either been misunderstood or ignored in the study of modern industrial society. This work seeks to examine the reasons why Nietzsche has been ignored in sociological literature, and also shows how most classical and modern sociological thinkers, including Weber, Adorno, and Foucault, among others, have been greatly influenced by him. Marxian, Durkheimian, and Weberian sociology continue to dominate the discipline of sociology, and until now no book has adequately traced Nietzsche's influence on rethinking traditional sociological theories and concepts pertaining to the examination of the present. This book provides a compelling argument as to why sociology and social theory would benefit by returning to the sociological elements in Nietzsche's oeuvre as a way of better understanding the founders of sociology as well as a way of exploring the ways that Nietzsche can shed light on the present social world.

Routledge Handbook of Risk Studies

Routledge Handbook of Risk Studies

Author: Adam Burgess Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/06/2019

It is over 40 years since we began to reflect upon risk in a more social than technological and economic fashion, firstly making sense of the gap between expert and public assessment of risks, such as to our health and environment. With fixed certainties of the past eroded and the technological leaps of `big data', ours is truly an age of risk, uncertainty and probability - from Google's algorithms to the daily management of personal lifestyle risks. Academic reflection and research has kept pace with these dizzying developments but remains an intellectually fragmented field, shaped by professional imperatives and disciplinary boundaries, from risk analysis to regulation and social research. This is the first attempt to draw together and define risk studies, through a definitive collection written by the leading scholars in the field. It will be an indispensable resource for the many scholars, students and professionals engaging with risk but lacking a resource to draw it all together.

What We Really Do All Day Insights from the Centre for Time Use Research

What We Really Do All Day Insights from the Centre for Time Use Research

Author: Jonathan Gershuny, Oriel Sullivan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/06/2019

Are we spending more time at work than we would have done fifty years ago? Are we sleeping less?How has the internet affected the way we use our spare time? Everything we do happens in time, and a detailed look at our daily lives reveals some surprising truths about the social and economic structure of the world welive in. This book delves into the unrivalled data collection and expertise of the Centre for Time Use Research to explore 55 years of change in our activities and behaviour and what it means for us today.

Home: The Foundations of Belonging

Home: The Foundations of Belonging

Author: Paul (University College Cork, Ireland) O'Connor Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/06/2019

Questions of home and belonging have never been more topical. Populist politicians in both Europe and America play on anxieties over globalisation by promising to reconstitute the national home, through cutting immigration and `taking back control'. Increasing numbers of young people are unable to afford home-ownership, a trend with implications for the future shape of families and communities. The dominant conceptualisations of home in the twentieth century - the nation-state and the suburban nuclear household - are in crisis, yet they continue to shape our personal and political aspirations. Home: The Foundations of Belonging puts these issues into context by drawing on a range of disciplines to offer a deep anthropological and historical perspective on home. Beginning with a vision of modernity as characterised by both spiralling liminality and an ongoing quest for belonging, it plumbs the archaic roots of Western civilisation and assembles a wide body of comparative anthropological evidence to illuminate the foundations of a sense of home. Home is theorised as a stable centre around which we organise both everyday routines and perspectives on reality, bringing order to a chaotic world and overcoming liminality. Constituted by a set of ongoing processes which concentrate and embody meaning in intimate relationships, everyday rituals and familiar places, a shared home becomes the foundation for community and society. The Foundations of Belonging thus elevates `home' to the position of a foundational sociological and anthropological concept at a moment when the crisis of globalisation has opened the way to a revaluation of the local.

Critical Theories and the Budapest School Politics, Culture, Modernity

Critical Theories and the Budapest School Politics, Culture, Modernity

Author: John (La Trobe University, Australia) Rundell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/06/2019

Critical Theories and the Budapest School brings together new perspectives on the Budapest School in the context of contemporary developments in critical theory. Engaging with the work of the prominent group of figures associated with Georg Lukacs, this book sheds new light on the unique and nuanced critiques of modernity offered by this school, informed as its members' insights have been by first-hand experiences of Nazism, Soviet-type societies, and the liberal-democratic West. With studies of topics central to contemporary critical theory, such as the political and historical consciousness of modernity, the importance of bio-politics, the complexity of the human condition, and the relevance of comedy and friendship to developing critical perspectives, the authors draw on the works of Agnes Heller, Maria Markus, Gyoergy Markus, and Ferenc Feher, demonstrating their enduring relevance to critical theory today and the ways in which these philosophers can inform new perspectives on culture and politics. An innovative reassessment of the Budapest School and the importance of its legacy, this book opens a much-needed and neglected dialogue with other schools and traditions of critical theorizing that will be of interest to scholars of sociology, philosophy, and social theory.

Thinking Collectively Social Policy, Collective Action and the Common Good

Thinking Collectively Social Policy, Collective Action and the Common Good

Author: Paul Spicker Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/06/2019

In this book, well-respected author Paul Spicker lends a complementary voice to his Reclaiming individualism, reviewing collectivism as a dimension of political discourse. Taking a dispassionate and methodical approach, the author explores what collectivism means in social policy and what value it offers to the field.