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Handbook of Contemporary European Social Theory

Edited By

Gerard Delanty

ISBN 9781138010352
Published August 12, 2014 by Routledge
448 Pages

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Book Description

This innovative publication maps out the broad and interdisciplinary field of contemporary European social theory. It covers sociological theory, the wider theoretical traditions in the social sciences including cultural and political theory, anthropological theory, social philosophy and social thought in the broadest sense of the term.

This volume surveys the classical heritage, the major national traditions and the fate of social theory in a post-national and post-disciplinary era. It also identifies what is distinctive about European social theory in terms of themes and traditions. It is divided into five parts: disciplinary traditions, national traditions, major schools, key themes and the reception of European social theory in American and Asia.

Thirty-five contributors from nineteen countries across Europe, Russia, the Americas and Asian Pacific have been commissioned to utilize the most up-to-date research available to provide a critical, international analysis of their area of expertise. Overall, this is an indispensable book for students, teachers and researchers in sociology, cultural studies, politics, philosophy and human geography and will set the tone for future research in the social sciences.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Social Theory in Europe Today Gerard Delanty  Part 1: Disciplinary Traditions  1. Founders, Classics, and Canons in the Formation of Social Theory Tom Kemple  2. Social Theory and the Social Sciences Patrick Baert  3. Social Theory and Political Philosophy Peter Wagner  4. Theology and Social Theory Austin Harrington  Part 2: National Traditions  5. Contemporary German Social Theory Hauke Brunkhorst  6. The Age of Epigones: Post-Bourdieusian Social Theory in France Frederic Vandenberghe  7. The Peculiarities of the British: Social Theory in the United Kingdom David Inglis  8. Everything Changes and Nothing Changes: Change, Culture and Identity in Contemporary Italian Social Theory Monica Sassatelli  9. Contemporary Spanish Social Theory Manuel Perez Yruela and Salvador Giner  10. Nordic Social Theory: Between Social Philosophy and Grounded Theory Lars Mjoset  11. Contemporary East Central European Social Theory Arpad Szakolczai and Harald Wydra  12. Contemporary Russian Social Theory Alexander Dmitriev  Part 3: Intellectual Traditions  13. Critical Theory Stefan Müller-Doohm  14. After Dialectics: Post-Mpdernity, Post-Marxism,a nd Other Posts and Positions Goran Therborn  15. Hermeneutics, Phenomenology and Philosophical Anthropology Hans-Herbert Kögler  16. Contemporary European Cognitive Social Theory Piet Strydom  17. Civilizational Analysis, Social Theory and Comparative History Johann Arnason  18. Cosmopolitanism: A Social Science Research Agenda Robert Fine  Part 4: Themes and Narratives  19. European Master Narratives about Freedom Agnes Heller  20. Modernity and the Escape from Eurocentricism Gerard Delanty  21. European Transformations William Outhwaite  22. The Politics of Commemoration: The Holocaust, Memory and Trauma Natan Sznaider and Daniel Levy  23. Cultural Identities Heidrun Friese  24. Nations, Belonging and Community Ulf Hedetof  25. Theorizing the City in Europe Engin Isin  26. Making Sense of The Public Sphere Klaus Eder  27. Nature, Embodiment and Social Theory Phil Macnaghten  Part 5: Global Perspectives  28. Euros to America: The Disciplining, Deconstruction and Diaspora of American Social Theory Ben Agger  29. Encounters between European and Asian Social Theory Fred Dallmayr  30. Latin American Challenges Mauricio Jose Domingues  Epilogue: European Social Theory in a PostEuropean World Bryan S. Turner


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Gerard Delanty is Professor of Sociology at the University of Liverpool, UK. He is Editor of the European Journal of Social Theory and author of ten books including Inventing Europe: Idea, Identity, Reality (Macmillan, 1995), Social Theory in a Changing World (Polity Press, 1999), Modernity and Postmodernity (Sage, 2000), Community (Routledge, 2003) and (with Chris Rumford) Rethinking Europe: Social Theory and the Implications of Europeanization (Routledge, 2005).