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Untimely: Novelty, Futurity and Contemporary Life

Untimely: Novelty, Futurity and Contemporary Life

Author: Peter Conlin Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/01/2021

This book addresses the absence of orientations to the future in contemporary social life. In the face of the failings of the modern myth of progress and recognising the dangers of utopianism, it argues, we have entered into a kind of benign dystopia of the continual-present that is resistant to systemic change but is nevertheless animated through cycles of novelty and obsolescence. Exploring a condition in which we are out of ideas and facing a 'non-future' of blind technical improvement and fear, the author examines the experience of urban landscapes and digital media, shedding light on the nature of non-places and forms of boredom and (in)attention, figures of defiance and conformity. Drawing on contemporary social theory, together with thought in urban geography and media studies, the book applies its theoretical position to a series of case studies in order to advance and refine its conceptual position: emergent sites on the urban landscape; blogging, boredom and the threshold to the future; the fall and rise of the web hosting service GeoCities; the repurposing of urban space in activist culture. As case studies, they present analyses of zones where novelty collapses and where figures of defiance and possibility might emerge, perhaps constituting the possibility of overcoming our current condition. A rigorous theoretical examination of contemporary life and culture, grounded in empirical case studies, Untimely: Novelty, Futurity and Contemporary Life will appeal to scholars of social theory, sociology, cultural geography and social philosophy.

Power and Inequality

Power and Inequality

Author: Levon Chorbajian Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/01/2021

Successfully bringing together accessible readings that cover the broad range of issues of importance to those studying politics and society, this volume provides a unique mix of theoretical and empirical pieces, such as state and electoral politics, that address both classic issues in political sociology as well as more recent developments, such as globalization. With strong integration of race and gender throughout, this collection offers a coherent analysis of power that reflects the contributions of a variety of critical perspectives, including Marxism, feminism, critical race theory, postmodernism, and power structure theory.

Power and Inequality

Power and Inequality

Author: Levon Chorbajian Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/2021

Successfully bringing together accessible readings that cover the broad range of issues of importance to those studying politics and society, this volume provides a unique mix of theoretical and empirical pieces, such as state and electoral politics, that address both classic issues in political sociology as well as more recent developments, such as globalization. With strong integration of race and gender throughout, this collection offers a coherent analysis of power that reflects the contributions of a variety of critical perspectives, including Marxism, feminism, critical race theory, postmodernism, and power structure theory.

Social Theory and Public Relations Research

Social Theory and Public Relations Research

Author: Alexander Buhmann Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/01/2021

As one of the key thinkers of social theory, public relations scholars have repeatedly turned to Habermas' work. This book systematically reviews the body of public relations and communication literature that has applied Habermas' theories for the first time, to provide an extensive and nuanced discussion on what one of the most influential social theorists has to offer public relations research. Taking concepts from seminal works such as the Theory of Communicative Action and the Structural Transformation of the Public Sphere, this book explores applications of Habermas' concepts. It confronts conflicts with Habermas' critical understanding of public relations as moral communication, and explores indepth the concepts of moral justification and differentiation of lifeworld and system for their potential for PR research and practice. Demonstrating the applications and challenges for public relations ethics, and organizational communications while opening less well-known concepts such as reflexivity, crisis consciousness, and double politics as avenues for future research, this book will help public relations researchers harness the potential of Habermas' methodological tools. It will be of interest to all scholars and advanced students of public relations and communication studies.

American Social Theory

American Social Theory

Author: Charles Lemert Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/01/2021

Due to the importance of philosophy in the Enlightenment, European social theory has dominated discourses of theory to the present day. Yet, looking deeper, Americans have made important contributions from very different social and cultural perspectives. Drawing from Euro and American traditions alike, this new book builds, for the first time, an intellectual framework for understanding American social theory up to the present. Charles Lemert, a master of finding theory where you'd least expect it, traces the roots of American theory to 16th century colonization and, since, to an enormous range of writings and writers, both influential and lesser known. He delights readers with bold discoveries and a masterful rendering of American history and social thought that completes a fuller record of the theory we need to understand today.

American Social Theory

American Social Theory

Author: Charles Lemert Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/2021

Due to the importance of philosophy in the Enlightenment, European social theory has dominated discourses of theory to the present day. Yet, looking deeper, Americans have made important contributions from very different social and cultural perspectives. Drawing from Euro and American traditions alike, this new book builds, for the first time, an intellectual framework for understanding American social theory up to the present. Charles Lemert, a master of finding theory where you'd least expect it, traces the roots of American theory to 16th century colonization and, since, to an enormous range of writings and writers, both influential and lesser known. He delights readers with bold discoveries and a masterful rendering of American history and social thought that completes a fuller record of the theory we need to understand today.

Researching the Powerful

Researching the Powerful

Author: David (University of New Mexico, Albuquerque) Miller Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/01/2021

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.

Freedom, Justice, and Decolonization

Freedom, Justice, and Decolonization

Author: Lewis R. Gordon Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/12/2020

The eminent scholar Lewis R. Gordon offers a probing meditation on freedom, justice, and decolonization. What is there to be understood and done when it is evident that the search for justice, which dominates social and political philosophy of the North, is an insufficient approach for the achievements of dignity, freedom, liberation, and revolution? Gordon takes the reader on a journey as he interrogates a trail from colonized philosophy to re-imagining liberation and revolution to critical challenges raised by Afropessimism, theodicy, and looming catastrophe. He offers not forecast and foreclosure but instead an urgent call for dignifying and urgent acts of political commitment. Such movements take the form of examining what philosophy means in Africana philosophy, liberation in decolonial thought, the unshackling of political philosophy from the liberal moral theory setting the stage for the decolonization of justice and normative life, unleashing the obstacles to cultivating emancipatory politics, challenging reductionist forms of thought that proffer harm and suffering as conditions of political appearance and the valorization of nonhuman being. He asserts instead emancipatory considerations for occluded forms of life and the irreplaceability of existence in the face of catastrophe and ruin, and he concludes, through a discussion with the Circassian philosopher and decolonial theorist, Madina Tlostanova, with the project of shifting the geography of reason.

Freedom, Justice, and Decolonization

Freedom, Justice, and Decolonization

Author: Lewis R. Gordon Format: Hardback Release Date: 31/12/2020

The eminent scholar Lewis R. Gordon offers a probing meditation on freedom, justice, and decolonization. What is there to be understood and done when it is evident that the search for justice, which dominates social and political philosophy of the North, is an insufficient approach for the achievements of dignity, freedom, liberation, and revolution? Gordon takes the reader on a journey as he interrogates a trail from colonized philosophy to re-imagining liberation and revolution to critical challenges raised by Afropessimism, theodicy, and looming catastrophe. He offers not forecast and foreclosure but instead an urgent call for dignifying and urgent acts of political commitment. Such movements take the form of examining what philosophy means in Africana philosophy, liberation in decolonial thought, the unshackling of political philosophy from the liberal moral theory setting the stage for the decolonization of justice and normative life, unleashing the obstacles to cultivating emancipatory politics, challenging reductionist forms of thought that proffer harm and suffering as conditions of political appearance and the valorization of nonhuman being. He asserts instead emancipatory considerations for occluded forms of life and the irreplaceability of existence in the face of catastrophe and ruin, and he concludes, through a discussion with the Circassian philosopher and decolonial theorist, Madina Tlostanova, with the project of shifting the geography of reason.

Shipwrecked

Shipwrecked

Author: Jamin Wells Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/12/2020

Reframing the American story from the vantage point of the nation's watery edges, Jamin Wells shows that disasters have not only bedeviled the American beach--they created it. Though the American beach is now one of the most commercialized, contested, and engineered places on the planet, few people visited it or called it home at the beginning of the nineteenth century. By the twentieth century, the American beach had become the summer encampment of presidents, a common destination for millions of citizens, and the site of rapidly growing beachfront communities. Shipwrecked tells the story of this epic transformation, arguing that coastal shipwrecks themselves changed how Americans viewed, used, and inhabited the shoreline. Drawing on a broad range of archival material--including logbooks, court cases, personal papers, government records, and cultural ephemera--Wells examines how shipwrecks laid the groundwork for the beach tourism industry that would transform the American beach from coastal frontier to oceanfront playspace, spur substantial state and private investment alongshore, reshape popular ideas about the coast, and turn the beach into a touchstone of the American experience.

Shipwrecked

Shipwrecked

Author: Jamin Wells Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/12/2020

Reframing the American story from the vantage point of the nation's watery edges, Jamin Wells shows that disasters have not only bedeviled the American beach--they created it. Though the American beach is now one of the most commercialized, contested, and engineered places on the planet, few people visited it or called it home at the beginning of the nineteenth century. By the twentieth century, the American beach had become the summer encampment of presidents, a common destination for millions of citizens, and the site of rapidly growing beachfront communities. Shipwrecked tells the story of this epic transformation, arguing that coastal shipwrecks themselves changed how Americans viewed, used, and inhabited the shoreline. Drawing on a broad range of archival material--including logbooks, court cases, personal papers, government records, and cultural ephemera--Wells examines how shipwrecks laid the groundwork for the beach tourism industry that would transform the American beach from coastal frontier to oceanfront playspace, spur substantial state and private investment alongshore, reshape popular ideas about the coast, and turn the beach into a touchstone of the American experience.

In-security

In-security

Author: Anna Maria Rufino Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/12/2020