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
2 Critical theory of the Frankfurt School
3 Structuralism and post-structuralism
4 Structuration theories: Giddens and Bourdieu
5 Feminist and post-feminist theories
6 Zygmunt Bauman and social theory
7 Ideology and social and cultural theory
8 Psychoanalytic social theory
9 Social theories of risk
11 Globalization Theory
Eric L. Hsu
Contemporary cultural theory
12 Cultural and social things: Is there a difference?
13 British cultural theory
14 American cultural theory
15 Queer theory
16 The New Mobilities Paradigm and Social Theory
17 Race/ethnicity and social and cultural theory
18 Media and cultural identity
19 The place of space in social and cultural theory
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