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Situating Social Theory By Tim May

Situating Social Theory by Tim May

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Examines social theory in the context of its traditions and historical development, and explores its contemporary relevance in explaining society and understanding social relations.

Situating Social Theory Summary

Situating Social Theory by Tim May

"...a very substantial and reliable introduction to social theory, imaginatively written and extremely readable." - William Outhwaite, Professor of Sociology, University of Sussex

This original and approachable text examines social theory in the context of its traditions and historical development, and explores its contemporary relevance in explaining society and understanding social relations.

The book begins by charting the history of social theory, examining its development in terms of the Enlightenment project and the cultural and intellectual contexts in which theorists worked and constructed their ideas. It goes on to examine traditions in social thought, including hermeneutics, phenomenology, pragmatism, critical theory, structuralism, systems theory and feminisms. In outlining the main ideas behind these traditions, the form and content of modern social theory is situated within its historical antecedents, enabling the reader to actively explore the arguments and reflect upon their strengths and weaknesses.

The body of the text examines schools of thought and social theorists that represent the current terrain of social theory, including Goffman, ethnomethodology, symbolic interactionism, Giddens, Habermas, Foucault, Bourdieu, feminisms and postmodernism. The chapters follow a common format, locating the main ideas in terms of relevant traditions and historical context, discussing how theories have subsequently developed, and examining the modifications, applications and critiques of these ideas. Throughout, a focus on the relationship between agency, ideas on the social self and social structure provides a thematic coherence. Finally, a comprehensive bibliography will help the reader to explore theories of particular interest in greater depth.

Situating Social Theory is designed as an invaluable text for intermediate undergraduate courses within sociology and the wider social sciences, and it will provide an essential source of reference for advanced undergraduates and postgraduate researchers.

Situating Social Theory Reviews

"...well informed and thoughtful...a very useful text for students who already have a solid foundation in classical sociology." - Sociology "...a very substantial andreliable introduction to social theory, imaginatively written and extremely readable." - William Outhwaite, Professor of Sociology, University of Sussex

About Tim May

Tim May is a Lecturer in Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Durham. His publications with Open University Press include Probation: Politics and Practice (1991) and Social Research: Issues, Methods and Process (2nd edition 1997). He has also written (with Malcolm Williams) Introduction to the Philosophy of Social Research (UCL Press 1996) and is the co-editor (with Dick Hobbs) Interpreting the Field: Accounts of Ethnography (Oxford University Press 1993) and (with Antony Vass) Working with Offenders: Issues, Context and Outcomes (Sage 1996).

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction
studying social theory

Part one: The development of social theory

The enlightenment and the development of social theory
Seven traditions
renewal, modification and critique in the Enlightenment project

Part two: Contemporary theories on society and social life

Section 1: Producing society in everyday life
Symbolism and performance in everyday life
Social life as accomplishment
Section 2: Reproducing society within social relations
Society as enabling and constraining
Habitus, capital and field
society in social relations
Section 3: Unmasking society and social relations
The linguistic turn in critical theory
Feminisms
where did all the women go?
Section 4: Modernity under the microscope
The making of the modern subject
Beyond modernity?
postmodern social theory
Bibliography
Index.

Additional information

GOR001982694
Situating Social Theory by Tim May
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Open University Press
1996-09-01
272
0335192866
9780335192861
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