Contemporary Social Theory helps students explore, describe, and discuss how social theory relates to their own experiences, popular culture, and the world in which they live. It advances the view that new theory can be effectively used to assess social and cultural phenomena.
The text identifies the important intellectual movements, categories, and paradigms that have occurred in the study of social theory. It also looks at issues closely related to contemporary social theory, such as: the postmodern condition, globalization, postcolonialism, inequality, gender, race, and human sexuality.
Table of Contents
1. Antecedents to Contemporary Social Theory 2. Structuralism and Beyond 3. Hermeneutics and Phenomenology 4. Poststructuralism and Social Theory 5. Exploding the Boundaries of Reason: Postmodernity 6. Feminist Social Theory 7. Cultural Studies and Cultural Theory 8. Postcolonial Theory and Globalization 9. Gender and Queer Theory 10. Race Theory
Roger Salerno is a professor of sociology at Pace University, USA