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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 Appeal of Art in Modernity

The Appeal of Art in Modernity

1st Edition

By Michael Symonds
December 19, 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

Edited By Michael Hviid Jacobsen
December 05, 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

Edited By Vera King, Benigna Gerisch, Hartmut Rosa
December 05, 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

By 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 ...

(Inter)Facing Death Life in Global Uncertainty

(Inter)Facing Death: Life in Global Uncertainty

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By Sam Han
November 04, 2019

In modern times, death is understood to have undergone a transformation not unlike religion. Whereas in the past it was out in the open, it now resides mostly in specialized spaces of sequestration—funeral homes, hospitals and other medical facilities. A mainstay in so-called traditional societies ...

Entanglements of Modernity, Colonialism and Genocide Burundi and Rwanda in Historical-Sociological Perspective

Entanglements of Modernity, Colonialism and Genocide: Burundi and Rwanda in Historical-Sociological Perspective

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By Jack Palmer
October 17, 2019

This book offers a novel sociological examination of the historical trajectories of Burundi and Rwanda. It challenges both the Eurocentric assumptions which have underpinned many sociological theorisations of modernity, and the notion that the processes of modernisation move gradually, if ...

The Iron Cage Revisited Max Weber in the Neoliberal Era

The Iron Cage Revisited: Max Weber in the Neoliberal Era

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By R. Bruce Douglass
October 17, 2019

At the start of the twentieth century, when Germany, among other nations, was undergoing industrialization, Max Weber famously characterized modern life in words that have often been translated as "iron cage." During the industrial era, that image caught on and was often used by scholars to express...

Depressive Love A Social Pathology

Depressive Love: A Social Pathology

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By Emma Engdahl
September 11, 2019

Love and depression are key elements in the cultural script of emotions or affectual life within contemporary Western society, and the two have become intertwined to such an extent that it is informative to talk about depressive love. Indeed, the most common source of depression is intimate ...

We Count, We Matter Voice, Choice and the Death of Distance

We Count, We Matter: Voice, Choice and the Death of Distance

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By Christopher Steed
September 11, 2019

This book examines the meaning of Brexit, the election of Trump and the rising tide of populist revolt on the right amidst the collapse of the left. Exploring the reaction against the establishment or ‘the system’, the author contends that we are witnessing a new divide between those who wish to ...

Writing the Body Politic A John O’Neill Reader

Writing the Body Politic: A John O’Neill Reader

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Edited By Mark Featherstone, Thomas Kemple
August 08, 2019

This book brings together key essays from the career of social theorist John O’Neill, including his uncollected later writings, focusing on embodiment to explore the different ways in which the body trope informs visions of familial, economic, personal, and communal life. Beginning with an ...

Emotions through Literature Fictional Narratives, Society and the Emotional Self

Emotions through Literature: Fictional Narratives, Society and the Emotional Self

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By Mariano Longo
July 25, 2019

Engaging with the wide sociological literature on emotions, this book explores the social representation of emotions, their management and their effects by making reference to creative sources. With a specific focus on literary narrative, including the works of figures such as Dante, Austen, ...

The Unmasking Style in Social Theory

The Unmasking Style in Social Theory

1st Edition

By Peter Baehr
May 22, 2019

This book examines the nature of unmasking in social theory, in revolutionary movements and in popular culture. Unmasking is not the same as scientific refutation or principled disagreement. When people unmask, they claim to rip off a disguise, revealing the true beneath the feigned. The author ...

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