Nature and Social Theory

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ISBN 10 : 0761963782
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Download or read book Nature and Social Theory written by Adrian Franklin and published by SAGE. This book was released on 2002 with total page 274 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: This book asks the questions can `Man' be separated from `Nature'? Is it valid to seek to `control' Nature? It argues that the firm modern boundaries between nature and culture have been breached and pulls together new strands of thinking about nature which suggest that humanity and nature have never been separate. The argument is developed through a critical discussion of the Romantic ideal of pure nature, unsullied by humanity and largely confined to fragile margins in need of protection and more recent discourses which identify nature with environment, and cast man in the role of a polluter and destroyer.

The Natural Law Foundations of Modern Social Theory

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ISBN 10 : 9781107009806
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Download or read book The Natural Law Foundations of Modern Social Theory written by Daniel Chernilo and published by Cambridge University Press. This book was released on 2013-01-31 with total page 248 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Daniel Chernilo offers an original reconstruction of the history of universalism in modern social thought from Hobbes to Habermas.

Encyclopedia of Social Theory

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ISBN 10 : 9781136786945
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Download or read book Encyclopedia of Social Theory written by Austin Harrington and published by Routledge. This book was released on 2012-12-06 with total page 728 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: The Encyclopedia of Social Theory contains over 500 entries varying from concise definitions of key terms and short biographies of key theorists to comprehensive surveys of leading concepts, debates, themes and schools. The object of the Encyclopedia has been to give thorough coverage of the central topics in theoretical sociology as well as terms and concepts in the methodology and philosophy of social science. Although 106 theorists are given entries, the emphasis of the work is on the elucidation of ideas rather than intellectual biography. The Encyclopedia covers the leading contemporary domains of debate on social theory and the classical legacies of social thinkers from the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, giving proper balance to both the European and North American traditions and to important new developments in the global self-understanding of sociology. Social theory has become one of the most vigorous specialisms of sociology in recent years. This is in part due to the considerable overlaps of social theory with other disciplinary areas, such as cultural and media studies, anthropology, and political theory, and to the cross-disciplinary nature of theoretical approaches such as feminism and psychoanalysis, and new fields such as postcolonial studies. The editors have therefore worked to produce in the Encyclopedia of Social Theory a first-call reference for students and researchers across the social sciences and humanities with an interest in contemporary theory and the modern history of ideas. The Encyclopedia has been authored by leading international specialists in the field under the direction of a well-balanced editorial team. It is comprehensively cross-referenced and all larger entries carry bibliographies. There is a full index.

Environment and Social Theory

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ISBN 10 : 9781134184637
Pages : 256 pages
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Download or read book Environment and Social Theory written by John Barry and published by Routledge. This book was released on 2007-01-24 with total page 256 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Written in an engaging and accessible manner by one of the leading scholars in his field, Environment and Social Theory, completed revised and updated with two new chapters, is an indispensable guide to the way in which the environment and social theory relate to one another. This popular text outlines the complex interlinking of the environment, nature and social theory from ancient and pre-modern thinking to contemporary social theorizing. John Barry: examines the ways major religions such as Judaeo-Christianity have and continue to conceptualize the environment analyzes the way the non-human environment features in Western thinking from Marx and Darwin, to Freud and Horkheimer explores the relationship between gender and the environment, postmodernism and risk society schools of thought, and the contemporary ideology of orthodox economic thinking in social theorising about the environment. How humans value, use and think about the environment, is an increasingly central and important aspect of recent social theory. It has become clear that the present generation is faced with a series of unique environmental dilemmas, largely unprecedented in human history. With summary points, illustrative examples, glossary and further reading sections this invaluable resource will benefit anyone with an interest in environmentalism, politics, sociology, geography, development studies and environmental and ecological economics.

Marx's Construction of Social Theory (RLE Marxism)

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ISBN 10 : 9781317499541
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Download or read book Marx's Construction of Social Theory (RLE Marxism) written by J.M. Barbalet and published by Routledge. This book was released on 2015-04-17 with total page 236 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: This study, first published in 1983, explores the connections between Marx’s philosophy and his empirical analysis of society and state, by showing the different meanings of many of Marx’s concepts as their role in his theory changes and the theory itself develops. Beginning with an examination of Marx’s search for a sound epistemological basis on which to build a social theory, Dr Barbalet then gives an analysis of the way in which Marx continually modifies the concepts he uses, and continues with an examination of the different functions they are given in different theoretical settings. Various nuances of Marx’s thought, often obscured by the simplistic ‘early-late’ dichotomy, are revealed by Dr Barbalet’s close attention to the progressive transformation of Marx’s concepts and by his scrupulous analysis of them in not only their textual but also their theoretical context. Finally, the book examines the manner in which Marx’s construction of social theory, by its very nature, means that some material is replaced by other theoretical fabric as the theoretical structure itself is in different ways dismantled and reorganised, as Marx’s thought evolves and develops.

Social Theory, Psychoanalysis and Racism

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ISBN 10 : 9781137099570
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Download or read book Social Theory, Psychoanalysis and Racism written by Simon Clarke and published by Bloomsbury Publishing. This book was released on 2017-03-04 with total page 198 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Sociological explanations of racism tend to concentrate on the structures and dynamics of modern life that facilitate discrimination and hierarchies of inequality. In doing so, they often fail to address why racial hatred arises (as opposed to how it arises) as well as to explain why it can be so visceral and explosive in character. Bringing together sociological perspectives with psychoanalytic concepts and tools, this text offers a clear, accessible and thought-provoking synthesis of varieties of theory, with the aim of clarifying the complex character of racism, discrimination and social exclusion in the contemporary world.

Contemporary Sociological Theory

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ISBN 10 : STANFORD:36105040392073
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Download or read book Contemporary Sociological Theory written by Ruth A. Wallace and published by Prentice Hall. This book was released on 1986 with total page 336 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt:

The Nature of Theory and Research in Social Psychology

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ISBN 10 : 9781483260891
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Download or read book The Nature of Theory and Research in Social Psychology written by Clyde Hendrick and published by Academic Press. This book was released on 2013-10-22 with total page 380 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: The Nature of Theory and Research in Social Psychology aims to provide advanced undergraduate and graduate students with a solid foundation in the logic of theory construction and the experimental method; and to teach students how to read, critically evaluate, and appreciate professional literature in the behavioral sciences. The book is believed to be unique in this latter respect and that it will serve a vital need in several different courses. The book is organized into two parts. Part I contains a detailed exposition of the nature of theory and research. It discusses the nature of formal theory, derivation of hypotheses, and the testing of hypotheses. It explicates in great detail the experimental approach to hypothesis testing. Both formal and informal aspects of a psychological experiment are discussed. Part II includes five chapters that enable students to put their analytical skills to use. Five substantive areas from social psychology have been selected. Each chapter includes three reprinted journal articles, and the chapter may be considered a ""case study"" in the analysis of experimental research in a given problem area. The following topics are covered in this section: dissonance and disconfirmed expectancies; dissonance and severity of initiation, primary-recency in personality impression formation, forewarning and anticipatory attitude change, and dependency and helping.

Levi-Strauss (RLE Social Theory)

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ISBN 10 : 9781317652359
Pages : 124 pages
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Download or read book Levi-Strauss (RLE Social Theory) written by C.R. Badcock and published by Routledge. This book was released on 2014-08-13 with total page 124 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: What is the significance of Structuralism for social science? How original is Lévi-Strauss' contribution to social theory? Is he Marxist? Though Structuralism, and its leading representative Lévi-Strauss, are central to sociology, anthropology and psychology, the complexity of his work and the obscurity of his commentators have often proved a barrier to understanding. Now for the first time, Dr Badcock provides a jargon-free assessment of Lévi-Strauss' place in the tradition of French sociological thought – particularly to predecessors such as Comte, Durkheim and Mauss – discusses his relationship to Marx, Sartre, Freud and Talcott Parsons and provides a concise, non-technical account of his complex ideas on kinship, totenism and myth.

Social Theory for Today

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ISBN 10 : 9781473911130
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Download or read book Social Theory for Today written by Alex Law and published by SAGE. This book was released on 2014-12-01 with total page 344 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: "This book is distinctive for extending the usual sociological reach, reopening territory that has lain fallow, set aside from the well-ploughed fields of orthodox social theory. In doing so, Law not only produces fresh insight into familiar theorists but guards against collective forgetting of the sociological canon." - Professor Bridget Fowler, University of Glasgow "An excellent book, it will be welcomed and read widely by advanced undergraduates, postgraduates and scholars in sociology, cultural studies, social theory and beyond." - Professor Chris Shilling, University of Kent Social Theory for Today guides students through the ‘turns’ of past and present social theory as it attempts to wrestle with a recurring sense of crisis in social relations and social theory. Drawing on both classical and contemporary sources, Alex Law provides readers with a firm grasp of competing perspectives. Too often social theories attempt to dominate the field by casting rival theorists, past and present, as deluded fools, while the more familiar ‘big names’ in social theory are subject to ever-increasing commentary that runs in ever-decreasing circles. This survey of social theory and crisis lessens the temptation to engage in internal theoretical polemics and esoteric wordplay. Social theory must become practical and specific if it is to become a means of orientation for uncertain times. This is a must-read for upper level undergraduate and postgraduate students looking for a vibrant and extended understanding of social theory.

Theoretical Sociology

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ISBN 10 : 9781452203423
Pages : 906 pages
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Download or read book Theoretical Sociology written by Jonathan H. Turner and published by SAGE. This book was released on 2012-10-11 with total page 906 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Written by award-winning scholar Jonathan Turner, Theoretical Sociology: 1830 to the Present covers new and emerging aspects of sociological theory and examines the significant contributions of both modern and founding theorists. Nine sections present detailed analyses of key theories and paradigms, including functionalism, evolutionary theory, conflict theory, critical theory, exchange theory, interactionist theory, and structuralism. Despite the in-depth discussions of theorists and their contributions to the field, the text is concise and focused, a perfect resource for readers seeking to develop a deeper understanding of contemporary and classical sociological theory.

The Growth of Sociological Theory

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ISBN 10 : UCSC:32106009619963
Pages : 527 pages
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Download or read book The Growth of Sociological Theory written by David L. Westby and published by Pearson College Division. This book was released on 1991 with total page 527 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: M->CREATED

A Treatise on Social Theory:

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ISBN 10 : 0521249066
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Download or read book A Treatise on Social Theory: written by W. G. Runciman and published by Cambridge University Press. This book was released on 1983-03-03 with total page 362 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: In this first volume of a projected trilogy, the author argues that a methodology adequate to solve the long-standing debate over the status of the social as against the natural sciences can be constructed in terms of a fourhold distinction between the reportage, explanation, description and evaluation of human behaviour. The distinction rests on an analysis of the scope and nature of social theory which is not only original in conception but far-reaching in its implications for the assessment of the results of sociological, anthropological and historical research. In this volume, there are set out the separate and distinctive criteria by which the reports, explanations, descriptions and evaluations put forward by social scientists of rival theoretical schools require to be tested. These criteria will then be applied in Volume II to a substantive theory of social relations, social structure and social evolution, and in Volume III to a detailed analysis of the society of twentieth-century England. Each of the three volumes can be read independently of the others. Thus the trilogy will, when completed, be seen to form a coherent and unified whole.

Dilemmas and Contradictions in Social Theory

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ISBN 10 : UOM:39015012928621
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Download or read book Dilemmas and Contradictions in Social Theory written by G. Llewellyn Watson and published by Lanham, Md. : University Press of America. This book was released on 1987 with total page 192 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: The original essays in social theory contained in this book offer a critical analysis and interpretation of a series of substantive social issues that are experienced in modern capitalist societies. The book offers a clear conceptual framework, derived from critical theory, with which people living in capitalist societies can begin to make sense of the structural contradictions and seemingly natural forces that shape their lives.

Nature: Reconfiguring the social

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ISBN 10 : 0415333083
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Download or read book Nature: Reconfiguring the social written by David Inglis and published by Taylor & Francis. This book was released on 2005 with total page 4 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Many influential stances within the social sciences regard nature in one of two ways: either as none of their concern (which is with the social and cultural aspects of human existence), or as wholly a social and cultural fabrication. But there is also another strand of social scientific thinking that seeks to understand the interplay between social and cultural factors on one side and natural factors on the other. These volumes contain the main contributions that have been made within each of these streams of thought. The selections illustrate to the reader the complexity of the various positions within these streams, and the strengths and limitations of each perspective. A new introduction places these articles in their historical and intellectual context and the volumes are completed with an extensive index and chronological table of contents.

Social Psychological Theories

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ISBN 10 : IND:39000002212897
Pages : 188 pages
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Download or read book Social Psychological Theories written by Carl J. Slawski and published by Scott Foresman & Company. This book was released on 1981 with total page 188 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt:

Approaches to Sociology (RLE Social Theory)

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ISBN 10 : 9781317652526
Pages : 306 pages
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Download or read book Approaches to Sociology (RLE Social Theory) written by John Rex and published by Routledge. This book was released on 2014-08-21 with total page 306 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: These essays, commissioned by John Rex, reflect the state of sociology in Britain today. Leading representatives of the diverse ‘schools’ provide lucid accounts of their own particular approaches to this complex discipline and in doing so demonstrate the techniques described. Topics covered include the empirical study of stratification, social evolution, survey techniques, mathematical sociology, systems theory, phenomenological approaches, Weberian sociology, structuralism, contemporary Marxism, and the development of theory after Talcott Parsons.