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Social theory books

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Recently Published

The Constitution of Social Practices by Kevin (University of Ottawa, Canada) McMillan The Constitution of Social Practices
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Practices - specific, recurrent types of human action and activity - are perhaps the most fundamental building blocks of social reality.? ? This book argues that the detailed empirical study of practices is essential to effective social-scientific inquiry. It develops...
Format: Hardback - Released: 20/09/2017

Weber Sociologist of Empire by Kieran Allen Weber Sociologist of Empire

A critical introduction to Max Weber's sociology that offers analysis in the context of his political beliefs
Format: Paperback - Released: 20/09/2017

Durkheim A Critical Introduction by Kieran Allen, Brian O'Boyle Durkheim A Critical Introduction
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A critical introduction to the sociology and politics of Emile Durkheim
Format: Paperback - Released: 20/09/2017

Peter Berger on Modernization and Modernity An Unvarnished Overview by Robert (Marshall University, USA) Bickel Peter Berger on Modernization and Modernity An Unvarnished Overview
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With particular attention to his work on modernization and modernity as construed by a sociologist of knowledge, this book offers a sympathetic exposition and evaluation of Peter Berger's work as one of the world's most accomplished and influential sociologists. In...
Format: Hardback - Released: 19/09/2017

The Anthem Companion to Gabriel Tarde by Robert Leroux The Anthem Companion to Gabriel Tarde


Format: Hardback - Released: 01/09/2017

Social Reproduction Theory Remapping Class, Recentering Oppression by Tithi Bhattacharya Social Reproduction Theory Remapping Class, Recentering Oppression

How do child care, health care, education, family life and the roles of gender, race and sexuality affect our lives under capitalism?
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/08/2017

The Structural Change of Knowledge and the Future of the Social Sciences by Ronald Pohoryles The Structural Change of Knowledge and the Future of the Social Sciences

This book is a compendium of pragmatism in the social sciences. While addressing several distinct spheres, it carries a common message: the future of the social sciences depends on a shared understanding of society based on the knowledge of various...
Format: Hardback - Released: 09/08/2017

Fiction and Social Reality Literature and Narrative as Sociological Resources by Dr Mariano Longo Fiction and Social Reality Literature and Narrative as Sociological Resources

In spite of their differing rhetorics and cognitive strategies, sociology and literature are often concerned with the same objects: social relationships, action, motivation, social constraints and relationships, for example. As such, sociologists have always been fascinated with fictional literature. This...
Format: Paperback - Released: 08/08/2017

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Ritual, Myth, and Capital Punishment by Mark A. Davidson Ritual, Myth, and Capital Punishment

The death penalty is a multi-layered manifestation of state power. From a quantitative perspective, it conveys the amount of force the state is willing to deploy in order to control its people. More interestingly, however, from a qualitative perspective it...
Format: Hardback - Released: 28/09/2017

Max Weber's Comparative-Historical Sociology Today Major Themes, Mode of Causal Analysis, and Applications by Stephen Kalberg Max Weber's Comparative-Historical Sociology Today Major Themes, Mode of Causal Analysis, and Applications

Bringing together the author's major scholarly work on Weber over the last thirty years, Max Weber's Comparative-Historical Sociology Today addresses major themes in Weber's thought, whilst also examining the mode of analysis practised in his comparative-historical writings. By exploring Weber's...
Format: Hardback - Released: 30/09/2017

The Transformation of Modernity Aspects of the Past, Present and Future of an Era by Professor Michael Hviid Jacobsen The Transformation of Modernity Aspects of the Past, Present and Future of an Era

This title was first published in 2001: For over 30 years it has been argued that contemporary society is undergoing a fundamental transformation. The portrait of the modern society or modernity offered by philosophers and social scientists from Hobbes to...
Format: Hardback - Released: 30/09/2017

A Question of Knowledge by Richenda Power A Question of Knowledge

This book uniquely illustrates the key concepts and issues involved with recent examples drawn from empirical research, highlighting the practical relevance of difficult theoretical and philosophical concepts to the way in which we think and talk about knowledge both in...
Format: Hardback - Released: 30/09/2017

New Horizons in Sociological Theory and Research The Frontiers of Sociology at the Beginning of the Twenty-First Century by Luigi Tomasi New Horizons in Sociological Theory and Research The Frontiers of Sociology at the Beginning of the Twenty-First Century

This title was first published in 2001. This book tackles the important issue of the tasks that confront sociology in the third millennium. It examines the sociological interpretations of the World-Wide revolution which - amid unprecedented scientific and technological progress...
Format: Hardback - Released: 30/09/2017

Introducing Sociological Theory by Darren O'Byrne Introducing Sociological Theory

Introducing Sociological Theory offers a comprehensive, navigable and highly readable introduction to the main schools of thought in sociology, along with the philosophical ideas that underpin them. 8 broad theoretical traditions, or perspectives, are explained helping you to recognize the...
Format: Hardback - Released: 30/09/2017

Complex Life: Nonmodernity and the Emergence of Cognition and Culture by Alan Dean Complex Life: Nonmodernity and the Emergence of Cognition and Culture

This title was first published in 2000: Complex Life argues for the importance of the new perspective of non modern social theory in understanding human agency. Darwinian natural selection theory and complexity theory are used to provide new insights into...
Format: Hardback - Released: 30/09/2017

Carl J. Couch and the Iowa School In His Own Words and In Reflection by Michael A. Katovich Carl J. Couch and the Iowa School In His Own Words and In Reflection

This volume includes new Iowa School founder, Carl J. Couch's previously unpublished memoir The Romance of Discovery, alongside personal reflections from friends and colleagues. It also includes an unpublished essay by Couch reflecting on his methodology and unique theoretical approach...
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/10/2017

The Simmelian Legacy by Olli Pyyhtinen The Simmelian Legacy

Comprehensive yet concise, this is an excellent introduction to the key themes of Georg Simmel's thought for students and scholars. Assessing his works and showing how his ideas have been applied across a range of subjects and topics in the...
Format: Hardback - Released: 16/10/2017

The Simmelian Legacy by Olli Pyyhtinen The Simmelian Legacy

Comprehensive yet concise, this is an excellent introduction to the key themes of Georg Simmel's thought for students and scholars. Assessing his works and showing how his ideas have been applied across a range of subjects and topics in the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 16/10/2017

Key Writings by Elizabeth Lebas Key Writings

Henri Lefebvre is widely recognized as one of the most influential social theorists of the Twentieth Century. His writings on cities, everyday life, and the production of space have become hugely influential across Cultural Studies, Sociology, Geography and Architecture. Key...
Format: Paperback - Released: 19/10/2017

Existence, Meaning, Excellence Aristotelian Reflections on the Meaning of Life by Andrius (Mykolas Romeris University, Lithuania) Bielskis Existence, Meaning, Excellence Aristotelian Reflections on the Meaning of Life
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This book addresses the `perennial' question of the meaning of life from the point of view of a novel interpretation of Aristotle's teleology. Beginning with the premise that at the core of modernity and modern moral imagination are the entropy...
Format: Hardback - Released: 31/10/2017

Introducing Social Theory by Pip Jones, Liz Bradbury Introducing Social Theory
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This revised edition of this extremely popular introduction to social theory has been carefully and thoroughly updated with the latest developments in this continually changing field.
Format: Hardback - Released: 24/11/2017

Introducing Social Theory by Pip Jones, Liz Bradbury Introducing Social Theory
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This revised edition of this extremely popular introduction to social theory has been carefully and thoroughly updated with the latest developments in this continually changing field.
Format: Paperback - Released: 24/11/2017

Other books in this genre

Interrogating the Social A Critical Sociology for the 21st Century by Fuyuki Kurasawa Interrogating the Social A Critical Sociology for the 21st Century

This book brings together a collection of work from emerging and established scholars who have put forth a vision of what critical sociology is and what it could be in the early decades of the 21st century. Pushing beyond the...
Format: Hardback - Released: 06/08/2017

Social Theory Now by Claudio E. Benzecry Social Theory Now

The landscape of social theory has changed significantly over the three decades since the publication of Anthony Giddens and Jonathan Turner's seminal Social Theory Today. Sociologists in the twenty-first century desperately need a new agenda centered around central questions of...
Format: Hardback - Released: 04/08/2017

Knowledge Creation in Community Development Institutional Change in Southeast Asia and Japan by Ayano Hirose Nishihara Knowledge Creation in Community Development Institutional Change in Southeast Asia and Japan

This book explores how public organizations and not-for-profit organizations (NPO) can be more collaborative, innovative and effective in solving social issues in both developing and developed countries. Social innovation, led by social entrepreneurs and/or social enterprises, emerged in the late...
Format: Hardback - Released: 03/08/2017

Dialogical Social Theory by Donald N. Levine, Peter Baehr Dialogical Social Theory
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In his final work, Donald N. Levine, one of the great late twentieth century sociological theorists, brings together diverse social thinkers. Simmel, Weber, Durkheim, Parsons, and Merton are set into a dialogue with philosophers such as Hobbes, Smith, Montesquieu, Comte,...
Format: Hardback - Released: 31/07/2017

Sociological Paradigms and Organisational Analysis Elements of the Sociology of Corporate Life by Mr Gibson Burrell, Gareth Morgan Sociological Paradigms and Organisational Analysis Elements of the Sociology of Corporate Life
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A classic in its field, Sociological Paradigms and Organisational Analysis argues that social theory can usefully be conceived in terms of four broad paradigms, based upon different sets of meta-theoretical assumptions with regard to the nature of social science and...
Format: Paperback - Released: 30/07/2017

Science and Sociology Predictive Power is the Name of the Game by Sheldon Ekland-Olson, Jack P. Gibbs Science and Sociology Predictive Power is the Name of the Game
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Science and Sociology is from beginning to end an exploration of what this implies for the social sciences, and sociology in particular. The authors argue that over the last several decades, sociology has become less a science and more a...
Format: Paperback - Released: 27/07/2017

Science and Sociology Predictive Power is the Name of the Game by Sheldon Ekland-Olson, Jack P. Gibbs Science and Sociology Predictive Power is the Name of the Game
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Science and Sociology is from beginning to end an exploration of what this implies for the social sciences, and sociology in particular. The authors argue that over the last several decades, sociology has become less a science and more a...
Format: Hardback - Released: 27/07/2017

Oppression and Resistance Structure, Agency, Transformation by Gil Richard Musolf Oppression and Resistance Structure, Agency, Transformation

Theoretical and ethnographical approaches examine symbolic interactionism's ability to deploy the concepts of structure and agency in sociological explanation. It illuminates the dialectic of oppression and resistance in everyday life, illustrating that actors make meaning through resistance.
Format: Hardback - Released: 26/07/2017

Bauman and Contemporary Sociology A Critical Analysis by Ali Rattansi Bauman and Contemporary Sociology A Critical Analysis

This book offers an incisive and original perspective on the works of Zygmunt Bauman, perhaps the greatest sociologist of the late twentieth century. It examines the limitations of his approach while recognising the importance of his legacy as a theorist...
Format: Paperback - Released: 19/07/2017

Beginning Classical Social Theory by Marcel Stoetzler Beginning Classical Social Theory

This book introduces students and educated general readers to thirteen key social theorists by way of examining a single, exemplary text by each author, ranging from Comte to Adorno. It answers the need for a book that helps students develop...
Format: Paperback - Released: 17/07/2017

The Interactionist Imagination Studying Meaning, Situation and Micro-Social Order by Professor Michael Hviid Jacobsen The Interactionist Imagination Studying Meaning, Situation and Micro-Social Order

This book outlines the history and developments of interactionist social thought through a consideration of its key figures. Arranged chronologically, each chapter illustrates the impact that individual sociologists working within an interactionism framework have had on interactionism as perspective and...
Format: Hardback - Released: 13/07/2017

The Thought of Bernard Stiegler Capitalism, Technology and the Politics of Spirit by Dr. Ross Abbinnett The Thought of Bernard Stiegler Capitalism, Technology and the Politics of Spirit

This book provides a comprehensive account of the work of Bernard Stiegler, one of the most influential living social and political philosophers of the twenty-first century. Focusing on Stiegler's thought on hyperindustrial society and the development of technological systems through...
Format: Hardback - Released: 11/07/2017

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