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Classical and Contemporary Social Theory


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Classical and Contemporary Social Theory publishes rigorous scholarly work that re-discovers the relevance of social theory for contemporary times, demonstrating the enduring importance of theory for modern social issues. The series covers social theory in a broad sense, inviting contributions on both 'classical' and modern theory, thus encompassing sociology, without being confined to a single discipline. As such, work from across the social sciences is welcome, provided that volumes address the social context of particular issues, subjects, or figures and offer new understandings of social reality and the contribution of a theorist or school to our understanding of it. The series considers significant new appraisals of established thinkers or schools, comparative works or contributions that discuss a particular social issue or phenomenon in relation to the work of specific theorists or theoretical approaches. Contributions are welcome that assess broad strands of thought within certain schools or across the work of a number of thinkers, but always with an eye toward contributing to contemporary understandings of social issues and contexts.

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Perspectivism A Contribution to the Philosophy of the Social Sciences

Perspectivism: A Contribution to the Philosophy of the Social Sciences

1st Edition

Forthcoming

By Kenneth Smith
January 25, 2023

Perspectivism: A Contribution to the Philosophy of the Social Sciences advances the philosophy of perspectivism, showing how its capacity to assess competing views of a particular concept by approaching them as different ‘sides’ of a multi-dimensional object supports a concept of ‘adequate’ rather ...

Care in the Iron Cage A Weberian Analysis of Failings in Care

Care in the Iron Cage: A Weberian Analysis of Failings in Care

1st Edition

Forthcoming

By Rowena Slope
November 30, 2022

This book explores two public sector scandals in the UK, drawing on Max Weber’s thought on ‘the iron cage’ to understand how these cases of patient-neglect in NHS hospitals and failures by police and social workers to address the organised sexual exploitation of young girls occurred. Through ...

Masculinity from the Inside Gender Theory’s Missing Piece

Masculinity from the Inside: Gender Theory’s Missing Piece

1st Edition

Forthcoming

By Bruce Fleming
September 29, 2022

Rejecting the vocabulary and presuppositions common in Western talk about men, this book considers the ways in which men see, speak about, and understand themselves. Based on the author’s experience of teaching young men at a military academy and drawing on a range of theory, it identifies a ...

Emotions in Culture and Everyday Life Conceptual, Theoretical and Empirical Explorations

Emotions in Culture and Everyday Life: Conceptual, Theoretical and Empirical Explorations

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Edited By Michael Hviid Jacobsen
August 15, 2022

This volume describes and analyses a series of emotions prevalent in everyday life and culture, with each chapter exploring the main facets of a particular emotion and considering the ways in which it manifests itself in and informs our culture and lives. Considering our expression, conception, ...

The Future of Sociology Ideology or Objective Social Science?

The Future of Sociology: Ideology or Objective Social Science?

1st Edition

Edited By Robert Leroux, Thierry Martin, Stephen Turner
August 05, 2022

This book explores the shift in sociology away from the shared aspiration of the classical transition, of transcending partiality through the construction of a "science of society", in the face of challenges to the notion of objectivity.  With the increasing subjugation of sociology to political ...

The Detective of Modernity Essays on the Work of David Frisby

The Detective of Modernity: Essays on the Work of David Frisby

1st Edition

Edited By Georgia Giannakopoulou, Graeme Gilloch
August 01, 2022

This book explores the thought of – and is dedicated to – David Frisby, one of the leading sociologists of the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. Presenting original examinations of his unique social theory and underlining his interdisciplinary approach to the critical interpretation ...

Making the Familiar Strange Sociology Contra Reification

Making the Familiar Strange: Sociology Contra Reification

1st Edition

By Ryan Gunderson
May 30, 2022

This book examines the meaning and implications of the sociological maxim, ‘make the familiar strange’. Addressing the methodological questions of why and how sociologists should make the familiar strange, what it means to ‘make the familiar strange’, and how this approach benefits sociological ...

Anxiety and Lucidity Reflections on Culture in Times of Unrest

Anxiety and Lucidity: Reflections on Culture in Times of Unrest

1st Edition

By Leszek Koczanowicz
April 29, 2022

This book explores the nature of modern culture as a culture of anxiety, analyzing the modes in which such anxiety presents itself. Drawing on sociological and philosophical concepts of modernity, the author builds on the work of Marx, Nietzsche, and Freud to offer an understanding of modern ...

Happiness, Flourishing and the Good Life A Transformative Vision for Human Well-Being

Happiness, Flourishing and the Good Life: A Transformative Vision for Human Well-Being

1st Edition

By Garrett Thomson, Scherto Gill, Ivor Goodson
April 29, 2022

Well-being studies is an exciting and relatively new multi-disciplinary field, with data being gathered from different domains in order to improve social policies. In its reliance on a truncated account of well-being based implicitly on neoclassical economic assumptions, however, the field is ...

Towards a General Theory of Boredom A Case Study of Anglo and Russian Society

Towards a General Theory of Boredom: A Case Study of Anglo and Russian Society

1st Edition

By Elina Tochilnikova
April 29, 2022

Through comparative historical research, this book offers a novel theory explaining the emergence of boredom in modernity. Presenting a Durkheimian topology of cross-cultural boredom, it grounds the sociological cause of boredom in anomie and the perception of time, compares its development through...

The Civilizing Process and the Past We Now Abhor Slavery, Cat-Burning, and the Colonialism of Time

The Civilizing Process and the Past We Now Abhor: Slavery, Cat-Burning, and the Colonialism of Time

1st Edition

By Bruce Fleming
April 20, 2022

Drawing on the thought of Norbert Elias and using as a thread a purposely apolitical example of cruelty to animals to focus on changes in attitudes, this book explores the ways in which we deal with a past that we now abhor. As we struggle to deal with the fact that our past shapes us—indeed is us,...

Revisiting Modernity and the Holocaust Heritage, Dilemmas, Extensions

Revisiting Modernity and the Holocaust: Heritage, Dilemmas, Extensions

1st Edition

Edited By Jack Palmer, Dariusz Brzeziński
April 18, 2022

Zygmunt Bauman’s Modernity and the Holocaust is a decisive text of intellectual reflection after Auschwitz, in which Bauman rejected the idea that the Holocaust represented the polar opposite of modernity and saw it instead as its dark potentiality. Bringing together leading scholars from across ...

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