Classical and Contemporary Social Theory

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.

  • Existence, Meaning, Excellence

    Aristotelian Reflections on the Meaning of Life

    By Andrius Bielskis

    This book addresses the ‘perennial’ question of the meaning of life from the point of view of a novel interpretation of Aristotle’s teleology. Beginning with the premise that at the core of modernity and modern moral imagination are the entropy of meaning and the sense of meaninglessness, the…

    Hardback – 2017-09-30 
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  • Ghosts, Landscapes and Social Memory book cover

    Ghosts, Landscapes and Social Memory

    By Martyn Hudson

    This book is a groundbreaking attempt to rethink the landscapes of the social world and historical practice by theorising ‘social haunting’: the ways in which the social forms, figures, phantasms and ghosts of the past become present to us time and time again. Examining the relationship between…

    Hardback – 2017-06-06 
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  • A Sociology of the Total Organization: Atomistic Unity in the French Foreign Legion book cover

    A Sociology of the Total Organization

    Atomistic Unity in the French Foreign Legion

    By Mikaela Sundberg

    Examining the organization of everyday life inside the regiments of the French Foreign Legion, this book takes its theoretical point of departure in the notion of the voluntary total organization; that is to say, an institution that constitutes a geographically delimited place of residence and work…

    Paperback – 2017-01-11
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  • A Genealogy of Social Violence: Founding Murder, Rawlsian Fairness, and the Future of the Family book cover

    A Genealogy of Social Violence

    Founding Murder, Rawlsian Fairness, and the Future of the Family

    By Clint Jones

    Examining the mimetic theory of René Girard, this book investigates the development of society as a result of an original crime (a murder) that shaped the way the earliest humans organized the social structures we live with today - an analysis that reveals the dangerous structure of the most basic…

    Paperback – 2016-12-07
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  • Fallgirls: Gender and the Framing of Torture at Abu Ghraib book cover

    Fallgirls

    Gender and the Framing of Torture at Abu Ghraib

    By Ryan Ashley Caldwell

    Fallgirls provides an analysis of the abuses that took place at Abu Ghraib in terms of social theory, gender and power, based on first-hand participant-observations of the courts-martials of Lynndie England and Sabrina Harman. This book examines the trials themselves, including interactions with…

    Paperback – 2016-12-07
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  • The Gift and its Paradoxes: Beyond Mauss book cover

    The Gift and its Paradoxes

    Beyond Mauss

    By Olli Pyyhtinen

    Bringing social theory and philosophy to bear on popular movies, novels, myths, and fairy tales, The Gift and its Paradoxes explores the ambiguity of the gift: it is at once both a relation and a thing, alienable and inalienable, present and poison. Challenging the nature of giving as reciprocal,…

    Paperback – 2016-11-28
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  • The Puritan Culture of America's Military: U.S. Army War Crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan book cover

    The Puritan Culture of America's Military

    U.S. Army War Crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan

    By Ronald Lorenzo

    This book explores Puritanism and its continuing influence on U.S. and military law in the Global War on Terror, exploring connections between Puritanism and notions of responsibility in relation to military crimes, superstitious practices within the military, and urges for revenge. Engaging with…

    Paperback – 2016-11-25
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  • Violence, Society and Radical Theory: Bataille, Baudrillard and Contemporary Society book cover

    Violence, Society and Radical Theory

    Bataille, Baudrillard and Contemporary Society

    By William Pawlett

    Shedding light on the relationship between violence and contemporary society, this volume explores the distinctive but little-known theories of violence in the work of Georges Bataille and Jean Baudrillard, applying these to a range of violent events - events often labelled ’inexplicable’ - in…

    Paperback – 2016-11-23
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  • Beyond Bauman: Critical engagements and creative excursions book cover

    Beyond Bauman

    Critical engagements and creative excursions

    Edited by Michael Hviid Jacobsen

    Bringing together leading interpreters of Zygmunt Bauman’s sociology, this volume thinks with and beyond Bauman’s work in order to show its continued relevance as a theory in its own right, as an object of criticism and as a stepping stone towards a fuller understanding of contemporary society.…

    Hardback – 2016-11-04
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  • Imaginative Methodologies in the Social Sciences: Creativity, Poetics and Rhetoric in Social Research book cover

    Imaginative Methodologies in the Social Sciences

    Creativity, Poetics and Rhetoric in Social Research

    By Michael Hviid Jacobsen, Michael S. Drake, Anders Petersen

    Imaginative Methodologies in the Social Sciences develops, expands and challenges conventional social scientific methodology and language by way of literary, poetic and other alternative sources of inspiration, as sociologists, social workers, anthropologists, criminologists and psychologists all…

    Paperback – 2016-10-28
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  • Marx and Weber on Oriental Societies: In the Shadow of Western Modernity book cover

    Marx and Weber on Oriental Societies

    In the Shadow of Western Modernity

    By Lutfi Sunar

    The Orient was central to the work of Marx and Weber, both figures building their theories around the question of why modernity appeared to emerge only in the West. While Marx’s account focused on the accumulation of capital in the West, Weber’s explanation for this phenomenon centred on Western…

    Paperback – 2016-10-26
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  • Utopia: Social Theory and the Future book cover

    Utopia: Social Theory and the Future

    Edited by Keith Tester, Michael Hviid Jacobsen

    In the light of globalization's failure provide the universal panacea expected by some of its more enthusiastic proponents, and the current status of neo-liberalism in Europe, a search has begun for alternative visions of the future; alternatives to the free market and to rampant capitalism. Indeed…

    Paperback – 2016-10-19
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  • Torture, Intelligence and Sousveillance in the War on Terror: Agenda-Building Struggles book cover

    Torture, Intelligence and Sousveillance in the War on Terror

    Agenda-Building Struggles

    By Vian Bakir

    Torture, Intelligence and Sousveillance in the War on Terror examines the communication battles of the Bush and Blair political administrations (and those of their successors in America and Britain) over their use of torture, first-hand or second-hand, to gain intelligence for the War on Terror.…

    Paperback – 2016-09-09
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  • Diagnostic Cultures: A Cultural Approach to the Pathologization of Modern Life book cover

    Diagnostic Cultures

    A Cultural Approach to the Pathologization of Modern Life

    By Svend Brinkmann

    Some studies estimate that each year, around a quarter of the population of Western countries will suffer from at least one mental disorder. Should this be interpreted as evidence for the progress of psychiatry, a discipline that is now able to identify and treat mental illnesses that have always…

    Hardback – 2016-04-06
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  • C. Wright Mills and the Criminological Imagination: Prospects for Creative Inquiry book cover

    C. Wright Mills and the Criminological Imagination

    Prospects for Creative Inquiry

    By Jon Frauley

    In spite of its widespread use within criminology, the term ’criminological imagination’, as derived from C. Wright Mills’ classic The Sociological Imagination, has yet to be fully developed and clarified as an analytic concept capable of guiding theorizing or empirical enquiry. This volume, with a…

    Hardback – 2015-11-06
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  • Fiction and Social Reality: Literature and Narrative as Sociological Resources book cover

    Fiction and Social Reality

    Literature and Narrative as Sociological Resources

    By Mariano Longo

    In spite of their differing rhetorics and cognitive strategies, sociology and literature are often concerned with the same objects: social relationships, action, motivation, social constraints and relationships, for example. As such, sociologists have always been fascinated with fictional…

    Hardback – 2015-10-28
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  • David Riesman’s Unpublished Writings and Continuing Legacy book cover

    David Riesman’s Unpublished Writings and Continuing Legacy

    Edited by Keith Kerr, B. Garrick Harden, Marcus Aldredge

    It has been over 60 years since David Riesman’s most famous work The Lonely Crowd brought him international acclaim. While this remains a best-selling sociology book, Riesman’s expertise and publications spanned far beyond the treatment of the American social character type offered there. This…

    Hardback – 2015-08-14
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  • Max Weber's Theory of Modernity: The Endless Pursuit of Meaning book cover

    Max Weber's Theory of Modernity

    The Endless Pursuit of Meaning

    By Michael Symonds

    This book illuminates an important dimension of the work of Max Weber. Weber’s theory of meaning and modernity is articulated through an understanding of his account of the way in which the pursuit of meaning in the modern world has been shaped by the loss of Western religion and how such pursuit…

    Hardback – 2015-08-07
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  • Sociological Amnesia: Cross-currents in Disciplinary History book cover

    Sociological Amnesia

    Cross-currents in Disciplinary History

    Edited by Alex Law, Eric Royal Lybeck

    The history of sociology overwhelmingly focuses on 'the winners' from the classical 'canon' - Marx, Durkheim, and Weber - to today's most celebrated sociologists. This book strikingly demonstrates that restricting sociology in this way impoverishes it as a form of historically reflexive knowledge…

    Hardback – 2015-06-28
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  • Being Human in a Consumer Society book cover

    Being Human in a Consumer Society

    By Alejandro Néstor García Martínez

    This book offers a new perspective on sociological studies of the consumer society, introducing neglected normative questions relating to the good life and human flourishing - subjects more commonly discussed in fields of moral, political, and social philosophy. With attention to a wide range of…

    Hardback – 2015-01-28
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  • The Making of a Postsecular Society: A Durkheimian Approach to Memory, Pluralism and Religion in Turkey book cover

    The Making of a Postsecular Society

    A Durkheimian Approach to Memory, Pluralism and Religion in Turkey

    By Massimo Rosati

    Drawing on the thought of Durkheim, this volume focuses on societal changes at the symbolic level to develop a new conceptualisation of the emergence of postsecular societies. Neo-Durkheimian categories are applied to the case of Turkey, which in recent years has shifted from a strong Republican…

    Hardback – 2015-01-02
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  • The Poetics of Crime: Understanding and Researching Crime and Deviance Through Creative Sources book cover

    The Poetics of Crime

    Understanding and Researching Crime and Deviance Through Creative Sources

    By Michael Hviid Jacobsen

    The Poetics of Crime provides an invitation to reconsider and reimagine how criminological knowledge may be creatively and poetically constructed, obtained, corroborated and applied. Departing from the conventional understanding of criminology as a discipline concerned with refined statistical…

    Hardback – 2014-10-17
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