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Capitalism and Modernity

Capitalism and Modernity Author Derek Sayer
ISBN-10 9781134979127
Release 2002-11-01
Pages 184
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First Published in 2004. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Max Weber and Karl Marx

Max Weber and Karl Marx Author Karl Lowith
ISBN-10 9781134869992
Release 2002-11-01
Pages 144
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First Published in 2004. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Emile Durkheim

Emile Durkheim Author Prof Kenneth Thompson
ISBN-10 9781134495351
Release 2003-10-04
Pages 182
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This book examines Durkheim's considerable achievements and situates them in their social and intellectual contexts, with a concise account of the major elements of Durkheim's sociology. The book includes a critical commentary on the four main studies which exemplify Durkheim's contribution to sociology: The Division of Labour in Society; Suicide; The Rules of Sociological Method and The Elementary Forms of Religious Life.

Reading Weber

Reading Weber Author Keith Tribe
ISBN-10 0415028906
Release 1989-01-01
Pages 225
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Reading Weber has been writing in one form or another for most of life. You can find so many inspiration from Reading Weber also informative, and entertaining. Click DOWNLOAD or Read Online button to get full Reading Weber book for free.

For Weber

For Weber Author Bryan S Turner
ISBN-10 0803976348
Release 1996
Pages 408
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For Weber is recognized widely as one of the most incisive and stimulating books on Weber in the post-war period. Writing in defence of Weber's sociology against the criticism of academic sociology by Marxists such as Louis Althusser, Bryan Turner, a leading Weberian scholar, rejects the view that Weber's sociology is bourgeois, subjectivist and individualistic. This Second Edition, now available in paperback, includes a new Preface which reviews the scholarship on Weber since 1981. The book also provides a survey of the strengths and weaknesses of the major sociological approaches in the post-war period.

Natural Women Cultured Men

Natural Women  Cultured Men Author R.A. Sydie
ISBN-10 9780774844543
Release 2011-11-01
Pages 280
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This book examines the work of the classical social theorists -- Durkheim, Weber, Marx, Engels and Freud -- from a feminist perspective. The focus is on the theoretical approach adopted by each theorist in his examination of the nature of human nature and, more specifically, the nature of sex relationships. In general, the dichotomized, hierarchical view of sex relationships common to each of the theorists forms the framework for the discussions and critiques.

Technology and Social Theory

Technology and Social Theory Author Steve Matthewman
ISBN-10 9780230343955
Release 2011-09-08
Pages 224
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From the everyday and unnoticed to the newsworthy and cutting edge, technology is undoubtedly a fundamental element of our daily lives. While saving us time and effort, it can also shape our environment, mediate our relationships, and simultaneously solve problems and create new ones. In studying technology we gain an insight into how society is constructed, maintained and transformed. Unravelling and explaining the complex connections between technology and the social contexts in which it is used, Technology and Social Theory guides the reader through 150 years of thinking in this ever evolving field. The chapters critically evaluate a broad range of theorists, from Marx to Foucault, Orwell to Elias, alongside empirical examples which show theory in action. The significance of technology is assessed within both public spheres and intimate spaces, shedding light on its integral role in society. Showing how theory maps the way for further research, and in turn how new advances in research can inform theory, this book is invaluable reading for students and researchers in Sociology, Social theory, Science and Technology Studies and the Media.

The Coasts of Bohemia

The Coasts of Bohemia Author Derek Sayer
ISBN-10 069105052X
Release 2000
Pages 442
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A cultural history of the Czech people, examining the significance of the small central European nation's artistic, literary, and political developments from its origins through approximately 1960.

Romanticism Against the Tide of Modernity

Romanticism Against the Tide of Modernity Author Michael Löwy
ISBN-10 9780822381297
Release 2001-12-11
Pages 326
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Romanticism is a worldview that finds expression over a whole range of cultural fields—not only in literature and art but in philosophy, theology, political theory, and social movements. In Romanticism Against the Tide of Modernity Michael Löwy and Robert Sayre formulate a theory that defines romanticism as a cultural protest against modern bourgeois industrial civilization and work to reveal the unity that underlies the extraordinary diversity of romanticism from the eighteenth to the twenty-first century. After critiquing previous conceptions of romanticism and discussing its first European manifestations, Löwy and Sayre propose a typology of the sociopolitical positions held by romantic writers-from “restitutionist” to various revolutionary/utopian forms. In subsequent chapters, they give extended treatment to writers as diverse as Coleridge and Ruskin, Charles Peguy, Ernst Bloch and Christa Wolf. Among other topics, they discuss the complex relationship between Marxism and romanticism before closing with a reflection on more contemporary manifestations of romanticism (for example, surrealism, the events of May 1968, and the ecological movement) as well as its future. Students and scholars of literature, humanities, social sciences, and cultural studies will be interested in this elegant and thoroughly original book.

Going Down for Air

Going Down for Air Author Derek Sayer
ISBN-10 9781317258728
Release 2015-11-17
Pages 216
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What is hidden in the taste of a madeleine - or in snatches of Bob Dylan songs, operatic arias, and the remembered sting of a rattan cane? An exploration of memory, Going Down for Air artfully combines two very different yet connected texts. A Memoir is richly evocative not only of times past, but also of a very English, imperial, queerly masculine subjectivity, caught on the cusp of the extinction of the world in and of which it made sense. Derek Sayer's allusive writing succeeds as few have done before in capturing the leaps and bounds of memory itself. Rich in its detail, unstinting in its honesty, this beautifully written memoir is a considerable literary achievement. The memoir is complemented by Sayer's provocative theoretical essay on memory and social identity. Drawing on linguistic and psychoanalytic theory, photographic images, and literary texts, In Search of a Subject argues that it is memory above all that maintains the imagined identities upon which society rests. Going Down for Air is a bold and strikingly successful literary and sociological experiment, which makes a major contribution to understanding how our memories work - and gives them social meaning far beyond

Critical Education Against Global Capitalism

Critical Education Against Global Capitalism Author Paula Allman
ISBN-10 0897897439
Release 2001-01-01
Pages 275
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Analyzes contemporary global capitalism, and discusses why critical educators need to challenge it.

Capitalism as Religion A Study of Paul Tillich s Interpretation of Modernity

Capitalism as Religion  A Study of Paul Tillich s Interpretation of Modernity Author Francis Ching-Wah Yip
ISBN-10 9780674021471
Release 2010-09-30
Pages 215
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"Examines Paul Tillich's critical interpretation of capitalism and cultural modernity, highlighting the context of his theology in relation to the Critical Theory of the Frankfurt School, and finally drawing on Jèurgen Moltmann and âEmile Durkheim to develop Tillich's insights into a critical view of capitalism as a global religion and as the culture of modern society"--Provided by publisher.

Capitalism and Classical Social Theory

Capitalism and Classical Social Theory Author John Bratton
ISBN-10 9781442606531
Release 2014-01-24
Pages 432
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Capitalism and Classical Social Theory, Second Edition offers solid coverage of the classical triumvirate (Marx, Durkheim, and Weber), but also extends the canon strategically to include Simmel, four early female theorists, and the writings of Du Bois.

Social Theory in the Real World

Social Theory in the Real World Author Steven Miles
ISBN-10 9780857022158
Release 2001-05-09
Pages 192
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Social Theory in the Real World is concerned with illustrating the practical benefits of social theory. Many students find it hard to relate the real insights provided by social theory to their real life experiences, and many lecturers struggle to demonstrate the relevance of social theory to everyday life. This book offers an accessible, non-patronizing solution to the problem, demonstrating that social theory need not be remote and obscure, but if used in imaginative ways, it can be indispensable in challenging our common sense perceptions and understandings. The book identifies the key themes of contemporary social theory: mass society, postindustrialism, consumerism, postmodernism, McDonaldization, risk and globalization, and uses the insights of both classical and contemporary theorists of social change to highlight the potential of imaginative theorizing.

The Empire of Civil Society

The Empire of Civil Society Author Justin Rosenberg
ISBN-10 0860916073
Release 1994
Pages 224
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The Empire of Civil Society mounts a compelling critique of the orthodox “realist” theory of international relations and provides a historical-materialist approach to the international system. Opening with an interrogation of a number of classic realist works, the book rejects outright the goal of theorizing geopolitical systems in isolation from wider social structures. In a series of case studies—including Classical Greece, Renaissance Italy and the Portuguese and Spanish empires—Justin Rosenberg shows how the historical-materialist analysis of societies is a surer guide to understanding geopolitical systems than the technical theories of realist international relations. In each case, he draws attention to the correspondence between the form of the geopolitical system and the character of the societies composing it. In the final section of the book, the tools forged in these explorations are employed to analyze the contemporary international system, with striking results. Rosenberg demonstrates that the distinctive properties of the sovereign-states system are best understood as corresponding to the social structures of capitalist society. In this light, realism emerges as incapable of explaining what it has always insisted is the central feature of the international system—namely, the balance of power. On the other hand, it is argued that Marx's social theory of value, conventionally regarded as an account of hierarchical class domination, provides the deepest understanding of the core international relations theme of “anarchy.” Provocative and unconventional, The Empire of Civil Society brilliantly turns orthodox international relations on its head.

Lewis Mumford

Lewis Mumford Author Shuxue Li
ISBN-10 303911557X
Release 2009
Pages 241
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Lewis Mumford’s achievements as an architectural critic, literary critic and urbanist are well known. However, his contribution to the American studies movement and to cultural studies in general has almost been forgotten in recent years. By situating Mumford’s work in its contemporary intellectual context and by considering some of its legacies for the study of ‘culture and civilization’ - especially in the nascent field of American studies - this book considers Mumford as an ‘author’, drawing out some of the expressive, political and methodological significance of this term. In an attempt to counter frequent arguments that Mumford’s works are inconsistent, repetitive and derivative, the author argues that, taken as a whole, they demonstrate a consistent inter-disciplinary or trans-disciplinary critical project, and that Mumford’s thought is comparable with that of Marx and Weber. The book traces this critical project through Mumford’s works from the early twentieth century and also through his formal process of writing. The author aims to show that Mumford’s project was neither provincial nor reactionary, as some have argued, but was instead a dynamic juxtaposition of past and present that enabled him to imagine a future where humans might fulfil their potential in a more perfectly republican, even utopian, urban space.

Constructions of Neoliberal Reason

Constructions of Neoliberal Reason Author Jamie Peck
ISBN-10 9780199580576
Release 2010-10-28
Pages 301
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This book examines the rise and diffusion of free-market thinking, from the early 20th Century through to the age of Obama. It tracks the ascendency of neoliberalism, its key players and decisive moments of reconstruction, including the Chicago School of economics, New York City's bankruptcy, Hurricane Katrina, and the Wall Street crisis of 2008.