Social theory for beginners
- Paul Ransome
- Paperback, 496 pages, 240 x 172 mm
- 12 May 2010
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"Very good for students who don't have a social science background"
Ros Garrick, Sheffield Hallam
"Encyclopaedic in detail but also engaging, balanced, and accessible. Paul Ransome has produced a text of some originality: a beginners' guide that covers every nook and cranny of social thought. I have little doubt that it will prove to be of indispensable use for undergraduates of all levels of study."
Shaun Le Boutillier, Anglia Ruskin University
"The attention paid to the importance of metaphorical and chronological definitions is invaluable to beginners attempting to construct relevant literature around the different time scales in social theory."
2nd Year student in BA Human Geography
About This Book
Treating social theory as an exciting intellectual journey in its own right, this new introductory-level textbook presents the key ideas and concepts in social theory together with an account of the intellectual background from which they emerged. Aimed at first-year undergraduates studying sociology and all related disciplines in the social sciences and humanities, it provides an introduction to the major questions and debates facing social theorists and sociologists. Clearly designed presentation and layout features help readers navigate their way around the material thus giving them the best chance of finding what they need quickly and easily.The book is supported by a companion website, containing additional materials for both students and lecturers using the book, which is available from the link above
Author BiographyPaul Ransome is a lecturer in sociology, social theory and social research at Swansea University, UK. He has a professional interest in higher education pedagogy and also conducts research into work-life balance.
Introduction: who is this book for and how do I use it?
What is social theory?
Where did social theory come from?
Émile Durkheim and the coming of industrial society
Karl Marx, capitalism and revolution
Max Weber, rational capitalism and social action
Talcott Parsons, functionalism and the social system
Social interactionism and the real lives of social actors
Western Marxism, Antonio Gramsci and the Frankfurt School
Language, structure, meaning
Discourse and power: post-structuralist social theory
Feminist social theory
Reviving theories of modernity: Habermas, Giddens and Bourdieu
Theories of modernity and post-modernity
Reflexive modernisation: the global dimension and cultural theory
The boundary problem in contemporary social theory.
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