Social theory for today: making sense of social worlds

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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. 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.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherSAGE
Number of pages333
ISBN (Print)9781446209028, 9781446209011
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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London : SAGE, 2014. 333 p.

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