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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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The Detective of Modernity Essays on the Work of David Frisby

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

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Georgia Giannakopoulou, Graeme Gilloch
December 31, 2020

This book explores the thought of – and is dedicated to – David Frisby, as 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 ...

Making the Familiar Strange Sociology Contra Reification

Making the Familiar Strange: Sociology Contra Reification

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Ryan Gunderson
November 30, 2020

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 ...

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

Forthcoming

Elina Tochilnikova
October 08, 2020

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...

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

Garrett Thomson, Scherto Gill, Ivor Goodson
September 25, 2020

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 ...

Anxiety and Lucidity Reflections on Culture in Times of Unrest

Anxiety and Lucidity: Reflections on Culture in Times of Unrest

1st Edition

Leszek Koczanowicz
July 21, 2020

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 ...

The Ultimate Sacrifice Martyrdom, Sovereignty, and Secularization in the West

The Ultimate Sacrifice: Martyrdom, Sovereignty, and Secularization in the West

1st Edition

Clayton Fordahl
March 12, 2020

This book presents an interpretive, macro-historical, and sociological account of martyrdom. Moving away from the notion of martyrdom as an object of individual behavior and seeing it instead as a significant cultural work performed by communities in the wake of a violent death, it provides a novel...

Politics and Recognition Towards a New Political Aesthetics

Politics and Recognition: Towards a New Political Aesthetics

1st Edition

Adam Chmielewski
February 13, 2020

This book outlines a new conception of political aesthetics based on the notion of order as an aesthetic category pertaining to human perception. Engaging with the thought of a range of figures, including Veblen, Honneth, Foucault, Popper, and MacIntyre, it explores the nature of political ...

Urban Walls Political and Cultural Meanings of Vertical Structures and Surfaces

Urban Walls: Political and Cultural Meanings of Vertical Structures and Surfaces

1st Edition

Andrea Mubi Brighenti, Mattias Kärrholm
January 14, 2020

In recent years, an increasing number of separation walls have been built around the world. Walls built in urban areas are particularly striking in that they have exacted a heavy toll in terms of human suffering. As territorialising devices, walls can be protective, but the protection they grant is...

The Appeal of Art in Modernity

The Appeal of Art in Modernity

1st Edition

Michael Symonds
December 09, 2019

This book explores the place of art in the modern world, but instead of asking what art is, it begins with the question of art’s appeal in modernity. Why is the appellation ‘art’ so desired for movies, food, and fashion, for example? Why is there the assumption of esteem when someone calls ...

Emotions, Everyday Life and Sociology

Emotions, Everyday Life and Sociology

1st Edition

Michael Hviid Jacobsen
December 06, 2019

This volume explores the emotions that are intricately woven into the texture of everyday life and experience. A contribution to the literature on the sociology of emotions, it focuses on the role of emotions as being integral to daily life, broadening our understanding by examining both ‘core’ ...

Lost in Perfection Impacts of Optimisation on Culture and Psyche

Lost in Perfection: Impacts of Optimisation on Culture and Psyche

1st Edition

Vera King, Benigna Gerisch, Hartmut Rosa
December 06, 2019

The permanent struggle for optimisation can be seen as one of the most significant cultural principles of contemporary Western societies: the demand for improved performance and efficiency as well as the pursuit of self-improvement are con-sidered necessary in order to keep pace with an accelerated...

Critical Theory and the Classical World

Critical Theory and the Classical World

1st Edition

Martyn Hudson
November 28, 2019

This book radically re-examines Europe’s imaginaries of its origin in the ancient Greek world. Extracting central concepts of critical theory in its widest sense - beyond the Frankfurt School - like the human, force, spirit and domination, it allies them to characters, mythologies and motifs in ...

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