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2nd Edition

Routledge Handbook of Social and Cultural Theory
2nd Edition

Edited By

Anthony Elliott

ISBN 9780367688127
Published August 1, 2022 by Routledge
406 Pages

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Book Description

If today students of social theory read Jurgen Habermas, Michael Foucault and Anthony Giddens, then proper regard to the question of culture means that they should also read Raymond Williams, Julia Kristeva and Slavoj Zizek. The second edition of the Routledge Handbook of Social and Cultural Theory is fully revised and updated to provide students, teachers and researchers with a comprehensive, critical guide to the major traditions of thought in social and cultural theory, as well as tracing the complex intellectual connections between these distinct but related approaches to understanding society and culture.

The Handbook, edited by acclaimed sociologist Anthony Elliott, develops a powerful argument for bringing together social and cultural theory more systematically than ever before. Key social and cultural theories, ranging from classical approaches to postmodern, psychoanalytic and post-feminist approaches, are drawn together and critically appraised. There are also new chapters on mobilities and migrations, as well as posthumanism.

The Handbook, written in a clear and direct style will appeal to a wide audience of students and scholars. The extensive references and sources will direct students to areas of further study.

Table of Contents

List of contributors



Contemporary social theory

 1 The trajectories of social and cultural theory

Anthony Elliott

 2 Critical theory of the Frankfurt School

Jordan McKenzie

 3 Structuralism and post-structuralism

Sam Han

 4 Structuration theories: Giddens and Bourdieu

Anthony Elliott

 5 Feminist and post-feminist theories

Ann Branaman

 6 Zygmunt Bauman and social theory

Keith Tester

 7 Ideology and social and cultural theory

John Cash

 8 Psychoanalytic social theory

Anthony Elliott

 9 Social theories of risk

Patrick Brown

10 Networks

Thomas Birtchnell

11 Globalization Theory

Eric L. Hsu


Contemporary cultural theory

12 Cultural and social things: Is there a difference?

Charles Lemert

13 British cultural theory

Nick Stevenson

14 American cultural theory

Sam Han

15 Queer theory

Max Kirsch

16 The New Mobilities Paradigm and Social Theory

Louis Everuss

17 Race/ethnicity and social and cultural theory

Anthony Moran

18 Media and cultural identity

Nick Stevenson

19 The place of space in social and cultural theory

Simon Susen

20 Posthumanism

Anthony Elliott



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Anthony Elliott is Research Professor of Sociology at the University of South Australia, where he is Executive Director of the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence and Dean of External Engagement. Professor Elliott is a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, and Super-Global Professor of Sociology (Visiting) at Keio University, Japan.


"For those who are looking for a comprehensive guide to modern social and cultural theory, this is the place to start. Informed, comprehensive, invaluable; the book really is a milestone."
           Professor Nigel Thrift, Vice-Chancellor, University of Warwick, UK

"In a world in which different societies and cultures crisscross constantly, making an impact on each other, what we need is a navigator to instruct where we are and where should we go. This book will be a great guide, providing students and scholars with remarkably helpful and wide-ranging tools to gain an in-depth understanding of the social and cultural realities which we daily encounter in our contemporary globalized world."
              Atsushi Sawai, Professor of Sociology, Keio University, Japan