3rd Edition

Contemporary Social Theory
An Introduction

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ISBN 9781032132624
November 30, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
424 Pages

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Book Description

Now in its third edition, Anthony Elliott’s comprehensive, stylish and accessible introduction continues to be the indispensable guide to social theory. Fully revised and updated, the book examines the major theoretical traditions from the Frankfurt School to posthumanism, and from feminism and post-structuralism to globalization theory and beyond.

Classical debates in social theory are given careful appraisal, as are the major contemporary theorists – including Jurgen Habermas, Judith Butler, Anthony Giddens, Pierre Bourdieu, Julia Kristeva, Slavoj Zizek, Manuel Castells, Ulrich Beck, Zygmunt Bauman, Shoshana Zuboff and Bernard Stiegler. This edition includes a new chapter on the digital revolution, with consideration of how digital technologies in general and artificial intelligence in particular are resahaping societies.

Like its predecessors, the third edition of Contemporary Social Theory combines stylish exposition with reflective social critique and original insights. This volume will prove a superb textbook with which to navigate the twists and turns of contemporary social theory as taught in the disciplines of sociology, politics, cultural and media studies and many more.

Table of Contents

1. The Textures of Society

2. The Contemporary Relevance of the Classics

3. The Frankfurt School

4. Structuralism

5. Post-structuralism

6. Theories of Structuration

7. Contemporary Critical Theory

8. Feminism and Post-feminist Theory

9. Postmodernity

10. Networks, Risks, Liquids

11. Globalization

12. The Digital Revolution: Posthumanism and Beyond

Afterword: Social Theory Today and Towards 2050

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ANTHONY ELLIOTT is Research Professor of Sociology at the University of South Australia, where he is Dean of External Engagement and Executive Director of the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence.


"This is the best contemporary social theory text currently on the market."

Professor Ann Branaman, Florida Atlantic University, USA

"This is quite simply the best introduction to contemporary social theory that I have read."

Emeritus Professor Robert J. Holton, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

"Intelligent and lucid, Anthony Elliott’s introduction to contemporary social theory provides a remarkably complete overview of thinkers and themes"

Professor Bryan S. Turner, Australian Catholic University, Australia

"This book will set the agenda for many university courses in contemporary social theory."

Professor Douglas Ezzy, University of Tasmania, Australia