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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!

Three Argentine Thinkers

Three Argentine Thinkers

Author: Solomon Lipp Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/09/2020

The Relationship of Theory and Research

The Relationship of Theory and Research

Author: F.A. Davis Company Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/09/2020

This Print on Demand title is available exclusively through Amazon.com. This text fills a major gap in the literature of most disciplines by presenting a detailed discussion of the reciprocal relationship of conceptual models and theories with research models. It also emphasizes information needed by both novice and accomplished scholars for the analysis and evaluation of research reports and proposals for new studies.

French Social Theory

French Social Theory

Author: Veronique Mottier Format: Hardback Release Date: 22/09/2020

French theory has been the subject of intense interest in the Anglo-American world for the last fifty years and its influence is prominent in many fields in the humanities and social sciences. In this engaging work, Veronique Mottier explores the ideas of key authors in postwar French social theory from de Beauvoir, Foucault, and Bourdieu, to Boltanski and Kaufmann, and demonstrates their relevance today. The author shows how French social theorists characteristically frame their works as dialogues with or polemical attacks on each other. This underlying dimension of French social theory has often gone unacknowledged in the Anglo-American world, and Mottier redresses the balance by examining the disagreements, controversies and debates surrounding each thinker.This erudite and informative book offers a systematic and up-to-date discussion of the central ideas of key French theorists and their critical rethinking of power and politics, identity and agency, language and meaning, gender, race and sexuality, outlining both the theoretical and the political implications of their work. It will be of great interest to all students and scholars in the arts and humanities, and in particular to social and political scientists.

The Emerald Guide to Zygmunt Bauman

The Emerald Guide to Zygmunt Bauman

Author: Dr Shaun Best Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/09/2020

The influential sociologist and social theorist Zygmunt Bauman was a prolific commentator on contemporary social life. The extent and range of his published work is so vast that it is easy for the uninitiated reader to feel daunted by the sheer scale of works and where to begin. That is, until now. The Emerald Guide to Zygmunt Bauman is the first introductory guide to the work of Zygmunt Bauman, designed specifically for students and those new to his work. It provides a clear, comprehensive and authoritative overview of the emergence and development of key themes and arguments across the whole body of Bauman's work, from his early publications in Poland in relation to actually existing socialism, to his Marxist revisionism, his influential analysis of the Holocaust, and his contribution to ethics and critiques of modernity and liquid modern neoliberalism. Critically, the book also places Bauman's work in context by discussing the influence of his personal biography on his ideas. This book provides a firm foundation for the independent reading of Bauman himself and for exploring the many discussions and interpretations of his influential ideas. It is essential reading for readers in sociology, politics, history, law, religion and other areas of the social sciences to which Bauman made a contribution.

Imitation, Contagion, Suggestion

Imitation, Contagion, Suggestion

Author: Christian Borch Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/09/2020

Terrorist attacks seem to mimic other terrorist attacks. Mass shootings appear to mimic previous mass shootings. Financial traders seem to mimic other traders. It is not a novel observation that people often imitate others. Some might even suggest that mimesis is at the core of human interaction. However, understanding such mimesis and its broader implications is no trivial task. Imitation, Contagion, Suggestion sheds important light on the ways in which society is intimately linked to and characterized by mimetic patterns. Taking its starting point in late-nineteenth-century discussions about imitation, contagion, and suggestion, the volume examines a theoretical framework in which mimesis is at the center. The volume investigates some of the key sociological, psychological, and philosophical debates on sociality and individuality that emerged in the wake of the late-nineteenth-century imitation, contagion, and suggestion theorization, and which involved notable thinkers such as Gabriel Tarde, Emile Durkheim, and Friedrich Nietzsche. Furthermore, the volume demonstrates the ways in which important aspects of this theorization have been mobilized throughout the twentieth century and how they may advance present-day analyses of topical issues relating to, e.g. neuroscience, social media, social networks, agent-based modelling, terrorism, virology, financial markets, and affect theory. One of the significant ideas advanced in theories of imitation, contagion, and suggestion is that the individual should be seen not as a sovereign entity, but rather as profoundly externally shaped. In other words, the decisions people make may be unwitting imitations of other people's decisions. Against this backdrop, the volume presents new avenues for social theory and sociological research that take seriously the suggestion that individuality and the social may be mimetically constituted.

Critical Realism

Critical Realism

Author: Hubert Buch-Hansen, Peter Nielsen Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/09/2020

This new textbook offers a succinct yet broad introduction to critical realism, an increasingly popular approach to the philosophy of science that provides a holistic alternative to both positivism and postmodernism. This text sets out the central concepts, arguments and understandings in critical realism and relates them to social scientific practice. In addition to answering the question 'what is critical realism?', the authors consider critical realism in light of two crucial themes in contemporary society - neoliberalism and climate change - which run as common threads throughout the chapters. While some introductions to the topic focus exclusively on the work of Roy Bhaskar - critical realism's best-known proponent - this text covers a much wider range of thinkers and social researchers, and also features Key Concept boxes and CR in Action boxes throughout to aid the reader through this complex yet rewarding subject. This text is the perfect entry point for all those studying critical realism for the first time, or for those seeking to re-familiarise themselves with this approach. Whether you're studying critical realism as part of a broader course on the philosophy of science or seeking to apply critical realist methods to a particular research project, this book is essential reading for the social sciences, humanities and beyond.

Intimacy in Postmodern Times

Intimacy in Postmodern Times

Author: Peter Beilharz Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/09/2020

Zygmunt Bauman was one of the most important social theorists of recent decades. He did major work on the Holocaust, the postmodern and much else, up to fifty-eight books in English on almost as many topics. In this book, Australian sociologist Peter Beilharz, Bauman's collaborator for thirty years, recounts the details of their relationship, simultaneously charting the changes that have occurred in academic life from the 1980s to today. Friendship was one of the bonds that made Bauman and Beilharz's intellectual collaboration possible. Though the two were worlds apart in terms of biography and place, their work together was defined by a certain kind of intimacy. Separated by a generation, they collaborated for a generation together. This book follows their story in touching detail while puzzling over Bauman's rich yet contested legacy. -- .

Critical Visions

Critical Visions

Author: Anthony Elliott Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/08/2020

Originally published in 2003, Critical Visions develops a wide-ranging analysis of key issues and debates in contemporary social theory. Drawing social theory, cultural studies, and psychoanalysis together in a bold configuration, the book challenges the widespread view that social theory seems to have lost its way as a result of the diversification of conceptual approaches. The book includes critical readings of the terrain of contemporary social theory and theorists. Questions relating to the globalization of risk, citizenship, morality and ethics, politics and norms, and sexuality and desire are all explored.

The Relational Theory Of Society

The Relational Theory Of Society

Author: Jan Burzynski Format: Hardback Release Date: 31/08/2020

This book focuses on the question of relationality. Despite the numerous motifs introduced to the discourse pertaining to Margaret S. Archer's concept, we notice that some often reappear. What frequently appears is the concept of agency, closely related to the matter of the subject's reflexivity. We also include papers that refer to methodological dilemmas. However, all collected texts directly consider the essence of the concept of the human person and society in reaction to the ontology of the person proposed by Archer. The common thread and horizon of these elaborations is Archer's concept and Pierpaolo Donati's relational sociology. Thus, this publication seeks to gain broader public and open new research perspectives in sociology.

Critical Realism

Critical Realism

Author: Hubert Buch-Hansen, Peter Nielsen Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/08/2020

This new textbook offers a succinct yet broad introduction to critical realism, an increasingly popular approach to the philosophy of science that provides a holistic alternative to both positivism and postmodernism. This text sets out the central concepts, arguments and understandings in critical realism and relates them to social scientific practice. In addition to answering the question 'what is critical realism?', the authors consider critical realism in light of two crucial themes in contemporary society - neoliberalism and climate change - which run as common threads throughout the chapters. While some introductions to the topic focus exclusively on the work of Roy Bhaskar - critical realism's best-known proponent - this text covers a much wider range of thinkers and social researchers, and also features Key Concept boxes and CR in Action boxes throughout to aid the reader through this complex yet rewarding subject. This text is the perfect entry point for all those studying critical realism for the first time, or for those seeking to re-familiarise themselves with this approach. Whether you're studying critical realism as part of a broader course on the philosophy of science or seeking to apply critical realist methods to a particular research project, this book is essential reading for the social sciences, humanities and beyond.

The Emerald Guide to Talcott Parsons

The Emerald Guide to Talcott Parsons

Author: John Scott Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/08/2020

This book is an introductory guide to the work of Talcott Parsons, designed specifically for students and those new to his work. It offers a comprehensive guide to reading and understanding the development of Parsons' sociological ideas, placing them in the context of his life and his position in American sociology. Scott delves into crucial resources on Parsons, including a bibliography of key works and a guide to further reading. By equipping readers to understand Parsons, the author arms them to engage with Parsons' work for themselves and to come to their own, informed judgments about his contemporary relevance.