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Michel Foucault

Michel Foucault

2nd Edition

By Barry Smart
October 03, 2002

In investigating the major works of Michel Foucault, Barry Smart focuses on the analysis of the relations of power and knowledge and modes of objectification through which human beings are made subjects; and addresses controversial issues concerning the state and resistance to power. The ...

Pierre Bourdieu

Pierre Bourdieu

2nd Edition

By Richard Jenkins
October 03, 2002

This short critical introduction to Pierre Bourdieu's thought is a model of clarity and insight. Where Bourdieu's own writings are often complex, even ambiguous, Richard Jenkins is direct, concise and to the point. He emphasizes Bourdieu's contributions to theory and methodology while also dealing ...

Georges Bataille The Sacred and Society

Georges Bataille: The Sacred and Society

1st Edition

By William Pawlett
August 13, 2015

In this comprehensive and engaging study Georges Bataille’s central ideas – the sacred, community and eroticism – are explored in detail. Bataille’s project to understand social bonds and energies at their most fundamental level and to re-energise society by challenging individualism is ...

Jurgen Habermas

Jurgen Habermas

1st Edition

By Michael Pusey
January 14, 1988

First Published in 2004. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company....

Pierre Bourdieu

Pierre Bourdieu

2nd Edition

By Richard Jenkins
October 10, 2002

This short critical introduction to Pierre Bourdieu's thought is a model of clarity and insight. Where Bourdieu's own writings are often complex, even ambiguous, Richard Jenkins is direct, concise and to the point. He emphasizes Bourdieu's contributions to theory and methodology while also dealing ...

Marx and Marxism

Marx and Marxism

2nd Edition

By Peter Worsley
November 14, 2002

Karl Marx probably had more influence on the political course of the last century than any other social thinker. There are many different kinds of Marxism, and the Twentieth Century saw two huge Marxist states in total opposition to one another. In the West, Marxism has never presented a ...

Max Weber

Max Weber

2nd Edition

By Frank Parkin
May 31, 2013

This study of Weber's sociology, written by an eminent authority, is a clear and illuminating discussion of the most important elements of Weber's thinking. The book concentrates on four main elements of Weber's work: his approach to sociological method, ethical neutrality and historical ...

Georg Simmel

Georg Simmel

2nd Edition

By David Frisby
September 26, 2002

Until recently little of Simmel's work was available in translation and certain key texts were unknown outside Germany. David Frisby, the eminent Simmel scholar, provides not only an introduction to the major sociological writings of this important figure, but also an argument for a reconsideration...

Bruno Latour Hybrid Thoughts in a Hybrid World

Bruno Latour: Hybrid Thoughts in a Hybrid World

1st Edition

By Anders Blok, Torben Elgaard Jensen
September 13, 2012

French sociologist and philosopher, Bruno Latour, is one of the most significant and creative thinkers of the last decades. Bruno Latour: Hybrid Thoughts in a Hybrid World is the first comprehensive and accessible English-language introduction to this multi-faceted work. The book focuses on core ...

Niklas Luhmann

Niklas Luhmann

1st Edition

By Christian Borch
March 25, 2011

Niklas Luhmann offers an accessible introduction to one of the most important sociologists of our time. It presents the key concepts within Luhmann’s multifaceted theory of modern society, and compares them with the work of other key social theorists such as Jürgen Habermas, Michel Foucault, and ...

Jean Baudrillard Against Banality

Jean Baudrillard: Against Banality

1st Edition

By William Pawlett
November 15, 2007

This uniquely engaging introduction to Jean Baudrillard’s controversial writings covers his entire career focusing on Baudrillard’s central, but little understood, notion of symbolic exchange. Through the clarification of this key term a very different Baudrillard emerges: not the nihilistic ...

Erving Goffman

Erving Goffman

1st Edition

By Greg Smith
August 03, 2006

Decades after his death, the figure of Erving Goffman (1922–82) continues to fascinate. Perhaps the best-known sociologist of the second half of the twentieth century, Goffman was an unquestionably significant thinker whose reputation extended well beyond his parent discipline. A host of concepts ...

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