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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 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

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By Bruce Fleming
April 07, 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 ...

Revisiting Modernity and the Holocaust Heritage, Dilemmas, Extensions

Revisiting Modernity and the Holocaust: Heritage, Dilemmas, Extensions

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Edited By Jack Palmer, Dariusz Brzeziński
April 01, 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 ...

The End of the Modernist Era in Arts and Academia

The End of the Modernist Era in Arts and Academia

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By Bruce Fleming
March 29, 2022

This book identifies the – now moribund – Modernist spirit of the 20th century, with its ‘make it new’ attitude in the arts, and its tendency towards abstraction and the scientific process, as the impetus behind the academic structures of universities and museums, together with the development of ...

Simmel and Beyond The Contemporary Relevance of Simmel’s Thought

Simmel and Beyond: The Contemporary Relevance of Simmel’s Thought

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Edited By Pedro Caetano, Maria Manuela Mendes
February 21, 2022

Bringing together the work of scholars from across Europe, this book shows how Simmel's categories can be used to explore contemporary issues and further shed light on trends characteristic of global modernity. Thematically organised around the major societal challenges currently faced by developed...

Temporal Politics and Banal Culture Before the Future

Temporal Politics and Banal Culture: Before the Future

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By Peter Conlin
January 17, 2022

This book addresses the absence of orientations to the future in contemporary social life and explores the shift towards anomalous temporal experience as a tool to rouse political imaginations. In the face of the failings of the modern myth of progress and recognising the dangers of utopianism, it ...

The University Revolution Outline of a Processual Theory of Modern Higher Education

The University Revolution: Outline of a Processual Theory of Modern Higher Education

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By Eric Lybeck
May 13, 2021

The Open Access version of this book, available at http://www.taylorfrancis.com/books/e/9781351017558, has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 license. Few institutions in modern society are as significant as universities, yet our historical ...

Global Economic Crisis as Social Hieroglyphic Genesis, Constitution and Regressive Progress

Global Economic Crisis as Social Hieroglyphic: Genesis, Constitution and Regressive Progress

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By Christos Memos
April 20, 2021

This book examines the 2008 global economic crisis as a complex social phenomenon or "social hieroglyphic", arguing that the crisis is not fundamentally economic, despite presenting itself as such. Instead, it is considered to be a symptom of a long-standing, multifaceted, and endemic crisis of ...

The Detective of Modernity Essays on the Work of David Frisby

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

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Edited By Georgia Giannakopoulou, Graeme Gilloch
December 31, 2020

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

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By 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

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By 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

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By 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

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By 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 ...

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