2nd Edition

Introduction to Contemporary Social Theory

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ISBN 9781138349902
April 7, 2022 Forthcoming by Routledge
544 Pages

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Book Description

In this comprehensive and clear introduction to contemporary social theory, Anthony Elliott and Charles Lemert explore the major theoretical traditions from the Frankfurt School to the digital revolution and beyond. Fully revised and updated, this second edition has been expanded to consider the most recent developments in social theory, including a new chapter on the digital revolution and the increasingly significant impact of technological developments (such as artificial intelligence, machine learning and robotics) on society, culture, and politics.

Introduction to Contemporary Social Theory provides the reader with a superb overview of key developments in social theory, including the Frankfurt School, American pragmatism, structuralism, post-structuralism, feminism, globalization and world-systems theory. In doing so, the textbook explores the ideas of a wide range of social theorists, including Theodor Adorno, Herbert Marcuse, Talcott Parsons, Erving Goffman, Harold Garfinkel, Michel Foucault, Jacques Lacan, Jacques Derrida, C. Wright Mills, Anthony Giddens, Pierre Bourdieu, Julia Kristeva, Jürgen Habermas, Judith Butler, Slavoj Žižek, Manuel Castells, Cornel West, Immanuel Wallerstein and Zygmunt Bauman.

This textbook provides stylish exposition with powerful social critique and original insights. It will be indispensable to students and academics alike.

Table of Contents

  1. The textures of society
  2. The contemporary relevance of the classics
  3. The Frankfurt School
  4. American pragmatisms
  5. Structuralism
  6. Structures, functions and culture
  7. Post-structuralism
  8. The interaction order
  9. Theories of structuration
  10. Variations on the theory of power and knowledge
  11. Contemporary critical theory
  12. Feminism and post-feminist theory
  13. Postmodernity
  14. Social movements, states and the modern world-system
  15. Networks, risks, liquids
  16. Globalization
  17. The digital revolution: Posthumanism and beyond
  18. Afterword

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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. He is the author and editor of over 40 books in sociology, including most recently Making Sense of AI: Our Algorithmic World (Polity, 2021).

Charles Lemert is University Professor and John C. Andrus Professor of Social Theory Emeritus at Wesleyan University He is the author of many books, including Social Theory: The Multicultural, Global, and Classic Readings (Routledge, 2021).