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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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Imaginative Methodologies in the Social Sciences Creativity, Poetics and Rhetoric in Social Research

Imaginative Methodologies in the Social Sciences: Creativity, Poetics and Rhetoric in Social Research

1st Edition

By Michael Hviid Jacobsen, Michael S. Drake, Anders Petersen
October 27, 2016

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 ...

A Sociology of the Total Organization Atomistic Unity in the French Foreign Legion

A Sociology of the Total Organization: Atomistic Unity in the French Foreign Legion

1st Edition

By Mikaela Sundberg
January 11, 2017

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...

A Genealogy of Social Violence Founding Murder, Rawlsian Fairness, and the Future of the Family

A Genealogy of Social Violence: Founding Murder, Rawlsian Fairness, and the Future of the Family

1st Edition

By Clint Jones
December 07, 2016

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 ...

Fallgirls Gender and the Framing of Torture at Abu Ghraib

Fallgirls: Gender and the Framing of Torture at Abu Ghraib

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By Ryan Ashley Caldwell
December 07, 2016

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 ...

The Gift and its Paradoxes Beyond Mauss

The Gift and its Paradoxes: Beyond Mauss

1st Edition

By Olli Pyyhtinen
November 28, 2016

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, ...

The Puritan Culture of America's Military U.S. Army War Crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan

The Puritan Culture of America's Military: U.S. Army War Crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan

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By Ronald Lorenzo
November 24, 2016

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 ...

Violence, Society and Radical Theory Bataille, Baudrillard and Contemporary Society

Violence, Society and Radical Theory: Bataille, Baudrillard and Contemporary Society

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By William Pawlett
November 23, 2016

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 ...

Beyond Bauman Critical engagements and creative excursions

Beyond Bauman: Critical engagements and creative excursions

1st Edition

Edited By Michael Hviid Jacobsen
November 10, 2016

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. ...

Marx and Weber on Oriental Societies In the Shadow of Western Modernity

Marx and Weber on Oriental Societies: In the Shadow of Western Modernity

1st Edition

By Lutfi Sunar
October 26, 2016

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 ...

Utopia: Social Theory and the Future

Utopia: Social Theory and the Future

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Edited By Keith Tester, Michael Hviid Jacobsen
October 19, 2016

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...

Torture, Intelligence and Sousveillance in the War on Terror Agenda-Building Struggles

Torture, Intelligence and Sousveillance in the War on Terror: Agenda-Building Struggles

1st Edition

By Vian Bakir
September 08, 2016

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. ...

Being Human in a Consumer Society

Being Human in a Consumer Society

1st Edition

By Alejandro Néstor García Martínez
February 04, 2015

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 ...

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