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Understanding Social Theory By Derek Layder

Understanding Social Theory by Derek Layder

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Provides an introduction to the core issues in social theory. This title provides a 'problem focus' that encourages students to acquire skills of argument and discussion. It provides a concluding chapter relating theory to social domains. It provides relevant examples from everyday life to illustrate key theoretical issues.

Understanding Social Theory Summary

Understanding Social Theory by Derek Layder

"This is a robust text - challenging and provocative and one which students will benefit from reading. Layder guides the reader through a large body of relevant literature. He draws attention to the strengths and weaknesses of particular approaches as he sees them and he is not afraid to offer his own judgements on the issues and problems he addresses."
- Professor John Eldridge, University of Glasgow

"One of the most comprehensive, incisive and readable treatments of the macro-micro problem now available."
- Professor Paul Colomy, University of Denver

This is a revised, updated and enlarged version of the accessible, authoritative first edition - a jargon-free textbook that provides an introduction to the core issues in social theory. It includes:
  • Chapter previews, summaries and a glossary of key terms.
  • A 'problem focus' that encourages students to acquire skills of argument and discussion.
  • A concluding chapter relating theory to social domains.
  • Relevant examples from everyday life to illustrate key theoretical issues.
It is essential reading for undergraduate and postgraduate students of social and sociological theory.

About Derek Layder

Derek Layder is Emeritus Professor of Sociology at the University of Leicester and Honorary Professor of Health and Life Sciences and De Montfort University. He was awarded a doctorate by the London School of Economics in 1976. Appointed Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Leicester in 1974 and promoted to Reader in 1995, he became Professor in 1997 and Emeritus Professor from 2002. He has held several visiting academic positions and has also held honorary visiting appointments at The Australian National University (as a Humanities Research Fellow) and the University of Western Sydney (as Eminent Research Visitor). He taught in areas of social theory, social psychology, social research methods and the philosophy of social sciences. He has published numerous academic articles and 12 books. Among his books, in the area of the philosophy of social science, he is the author of The Realist Image in Social Science (1990); in social theory, he has written Understanding Social Theory (second edition, 2006), as well as Modern Social Theory (1997). On research strategies and methods, he has authored New Strategies in Social Research (1993), Sociological Practice (1998), and Doing Excellent Small-Scale Research (2013). He has also written on intimacy, emotion and self-identity, including Emotion in Social Life (2004), Social & Personal Identity (2004) and Intimacy & Power (2009).

Table of Contents

A Map of the Terrain PART ONE: THE VIEW FROM ON HIGH The Legacy of Talcott Parsons Varieties of Marxism PART TWO: WHERE THE ACTION IS Meanings, Situations and Experience Perceiving and Accomplishing PART THREE: BREAKING FREE AND BURNING BRIDGES Foucault and the Postmodern Turn Beyond Micro and Macro: Abandoning False Problems Gidden's Structuration Theory PART FOUR: ONLY CONNECT: FORGING LINKS Linking Agency and Structure and Macro and Micro Habermas's Lifeworld and System Varieties of Dualism New Directions: The Theory of Social Domains

Additional information

GOR009740786
Understanding Social Theory by Derek Layder
Used - Well Read
Paperback
SAGE Publications Inc
2005-11-22
336
0761944508
9780761944508
N/A
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