If today students of social theory read Jurgen Habermas, Michel Foucault and Anthony Giddens, then proper regard to the question of culture means that they should also read Raymond Williams, Stuart Hall and Slavoj Zizek. The Routledge Handbook of Social and Cultural Theory offers a concise, comprehensive overview of the convergences and divergences of social and cultural theory, and in so doing offers a novel agenda for social and cultural research in the twenty-first century.
This Handbook, edited by 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 substantive chapters looking at – among others – structuralism and post-structuralism, critical theory, network analysis, feminist cultural thought, cultural theory and cultural sociology. Throughout the Handbook there is a strong emphasis on interdisciplinarity, with chapters drawing from research in sociology, cultural studies, psychology, politics, anthropology, women’s studies, literature and history.
Written in a clear and direct style, this Handbook will appeal to a wide undergraduate and postgraduate audience across the social sciences and humanities.
Table of Contents
Part I: Contemporary Social Theory 1. The Trajectories of Social and Cultural Theory by Anthony Elliott 2. Critical Theory of the Frankfurt School by Jordan Mckenzie 3. Structuralism and Post-Structuralism by Sam Han 4. Structuration Theories: Giddens and Bordieu by Anthony Elliott 5. Feminist and Post-Feminist Social Theories by Ann Branaman 6. Zygmunt Bauman and Social Theory by Keith Tester 7. Ideology and Social and Cultural Theory by John Cash 8. Psychoanalytic Social Theory by Anthony Elliott 9. Social Theories of Risk by Patrick Brown 10. Networks by Thomas Birtchnell 11. Globalization by Eric Hsu Part II: Contemporary Cultural Theory 12. Cultural and Social Things: Is There a Difference? by Charles Lemert 13. British Cultural Theory by Nick Stevenson 14. American Cultural Theory by Sam Han 15. Queer Theory by Max Kirsch 16. Social and Cultural Theory and Literature by Jennifer Rutherford and David Crouch 17. Race/Ethnicity and Social and Cultural Theory by Anthony Moran 18. Media and Culture by Nick Stevenson 19. The Place of Space in Social and Cultural Theory by Simon Susen 20. Reading and Reception by David Crouch and Jennifer Rutherford 21. Performance and Performativity by Rita Horanyi
Anthony Elliott is Director of the Hawke Research Institute, where he is Research Professor of Sociology at the University of South Australia.