2nd Edition

Routledge Handbook of Social and Cultural Theory 2nd Edition

Edited By Anthony Elliott Copyright 2021
    406 Pages
    by Routledge

    406 Pages
    by Routledge

    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.

    Part I: Contemporary Social Theory

    1. The Trajectories of Social 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 Social 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, (Eric Hsu)

    Part II: 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. Cultural Theories of Mobilities and Migrations, (Louis Everuss)

    17. Race/Ethnicity and Social and Cultural Theory, (Anthony Moran)

    18. Media and Culture, (Nick Stevenson)

    19. The Place of Space in Social and Cultural Theory, (Simon Susen)

    20. New Media and Digital Technologies, (TBA)

    21. Posthumanism, (Anthony Elliott)


    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