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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 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 ...

The New Narcissus in the Age of Reality Television

The New Narcissus in the Age of Reality Television

1st Edition

By Megan Collins
April 15, 2019

This book explores the emergence and encouragement of the new narcissus in our society and the ways in which this is portrayed in reality television. Through studies of well-known reality shows, including Toddlers and Tiaras, Hoarders, Sister Wives, Catfish: The TV Show, Celebrity Rehab with Dr. ...

Critical and Cultural Interactionism Insights from Sociology and Criminology

Critical and Cultural Interactionism: Insights from Sociology and Criminology

1st Edition

Edited By Michael Hviid Jacobsen
March 21, 2019

One of the longest standing traditions in sociology, interactionism is concerned with studying human interaction and showing how society to a large part is constituted by patterns of interaction. In spite of the work of figures such as Robert E. Park, Everett C. Hughes, Erving Goffman, Herbert ...

From the Peaceable to the Barbaric Thorstein Veblen and the Charro Cowboy

From the Peaceable to the Barbaric: Thorstein Veblen and the Charro Cowboy

1st Edition

By Beatriz Aldana Marquez
February 25, 2019

This book applies Thorstein Veblen’s cultural theory to a qualitative study of the charro cowboy culture and community in Mexico. Drawing on Veblen’s arguments regarding cultural lag, the peaceable and the barbaric, predatory culture, vested interest, and pecuniary interest, it examines the ...

Morality Made Visible Edward Westermarck’s Moral and Social Theory

Morality Made Visible: Edward Westermarck’s Moral and Social Theory

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By Otto Pipatti
March 18, 2019

While highly respected among evolutionary scholars, the sociologist, anthropologist and philosopher Edward Westermarck is now largely forgotten in the social sciences. This book is the first full study of his moral and social theory, focusing on the key elements of his theory of moral emotions as ...

Disembedded Markets Economic Theology and Global Capitalism

Disembedded Markets: Economic Theology and Global Capitalism

1st Edition

By Christoph Deutschmann
February 25, 2019

This book offers a sociological analysis of globalised capitalist markets, advancing the notion of ‘disembedded markets’ to challenge the idea of ‘social embeddedness’ common in economic sociology. Avoiding an exclusive focus on institutions, networks and trust relationships surrounding markets, ...

Existence, Meaning, Excellence Aristotelian Reflections on the Meaning of Life

Existence, Meaning, Excellence: Aristotelian Reflections on the Meaning of Life

1st Edition

By Andrius Bielskis
February 04, 2019

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 ...

Freud as a Social and Cultural Theorist On Human Nature and the Civilizing Process

Freud as a Social and Cultural Theorist: On Human Nature and the Civilizing Process

1st Edition

By Howard L. Kaye
November 26, 2018

This book offers a new account of Freud’s work by reading him as the social theorist and philosopher he always aspired to be, and not as the medical scientist he publicly claimed to be. In doing so, the author demonstrates that’s Freud’s social, moral, and cultural thought constitutes the core of ...

Ghosts, Landscapes and Social Memory

Ghosts, Landscapes and Social Memory

1st Edition

By Martyn Hudson
October 18, 2018

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 ...

Updating Charles H. Cooley Contemporary Perspectives on a Sociological Classic

Updating Charles H. Cooley: Contemporary Perspectives on a Sociological Classic

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Edited By Natalia Ruiz-Junco, Baptiste Brossard
October 01, 2018

This book explores the contemporary relevance of Charles H. Cooley’s thought, bringing together scholars from the US, Europe and Australia to reflect on Cooley’s theory and legacy. Offering an up-to-date analysis of Cooley’s reception in the history of the social sciences, an examination of ...

C. Wright Mills and the Criminological Imagination Prospects for Creative Inquiry

C. Wright Mills and the Criminological Imagination: Prospects for Creative Inquiry

1st Edition

By Jon Frauley
June 16, 2017

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...

Fiction and Social Reality Literature and Narrative as Sociological Resources

Fiction and Social Reality: Literature and Narrative as Sociological Resources

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By Mariano Longo
June 16, 2017

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 ...

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