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Routledge Studies in Social and Political Thought


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This series explores core issues in political philosophy and social theory. Addressing theoretical subjects of both historical and contemporary relevance, the series has broad appeal across the social sciences. Contributions include new studies of major thinkers, key debates and critical concepts.

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Populism as Governmental Practice Spatial, Operational and Temporal Dynamics

Populism as Governmental Practice: Spatial, Operational and Temporal Dynamics

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By Toygar Sinan Baykan
June 28, 2024

Populism as Governmental Practice illustrates how populism functions as a phenomenon of power and draws attention to the brighter and darker consequences of populist rule for ordinary people across the world via bottom-up analyses of populist experiences of government in remarkably different ...

Liberty, Governance and Resistance Competing Discourses in John Locke’s Political Philosophy

Liberty, Governance and Resistance: Competing Discourses in John Locke’s Political Philosophy

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By John William Tate
May 24, 2024

John Locke is widely perceived as a foundational figure within the liberal tradition. This book investigates the competing purposes that informed Locke’s political philosophy, not all of which resulted in outcomes consistent with what we today understand as "liberal" ideals. Locke himself was ...

Max Weber’s Sociology From ‘the Protestant Ethic Thesis’ and the American Political Culture to a Sociology of Civilizations

Max Weber’s Sociology: From ‘the Protestant Ethic Thesis’ and the American Political Culture to a Sociology of Civilizations

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By Stephen Kalberg
May 16, 2024

This volume outlines Max Weber’s comparaive-historical sociology of "interpretive understanding" (verstehen) in a manner that clarifies his complex mode of analysis and multi-causal focus. Presenting the central features of his methodology, it demonstrates the strengths of his research ...

Revisiting Social Theory Challenges and Possibilities

Revisiting Social Theory: Challenges and Possibilities

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Edited By D.V. Kumar
May 07, 2024

This book revisits social theory with a view to highlighting certain essential features of ‘good’ social theory: its ability to raise certain questions, its explanatory power, its critical and reflexive interrogation of concepts, its search for objectivity, its concern to make sense of empirical ...

Alfred Schutz, Phenomenology, and the Renewal of Interpretive Social Science

Alfred Schutz, Phenomenology, and the Renewal of Interpretive Social Science

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By Besnik Pula
April 16, 2024

In recent decades, the historical social sciences have moved away from deterministic perspectives and increasingly embraced the interpretive analysis of historical process and social and political change. This shift has enriched the field but also led to a deadlock regarding the meaning and status ...

Revolutionary Hope in a Time of Crisis Political Disillusion, Democracy, and Utopia

Revolutionary Hope in a Time of Crisis: Political Disillusion, Democracy, and Utopia

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Edited By Maša Mrovlje, Alex Zamalin
April 02, 2024

Revolutionary Hope in a Time of Crisis takes up the question of how to theorize and revive revolutionary hope in the present era of political disillusion. The collection consists of new cutting-edge research essays written by an interdisciplinary mix of established and emerging scholars, bringing ...

Critical Theory of Coloniality

Critical Theory of Coloniality

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By Paulo Henrique Martins
January 29, 2024

This book reveals how the critique of the domination of capitalism inaugurated by the Frankfurt School becomes pluriversal, motivating the historical Critical Theory of Coloniality (CTC) dialogue between the Global South and the Global North. CTC expresses the emergence and historical actuality of...

Karl Polanyi and the Paradoxes of the Double Movement

Karl Polanyi and the Paradoxes of the Double Movement

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By John Vail
January 29, 2024

This book offers a critical reconstruction of the double movement, the central thesis of Karl Polanyi’s The Great Transformation, one of the most influential books of the 20th century. The double movement is the establishment of a free market economy and the subsequent effort by society to ...

Lockean Property Ethics and Restitution

Lockean Property Ethics and Restitution

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By David Jarrett
January 29, 2024

In this book, David Jarrett argues that the influential Lockean thesis of justice in property, which traces back to John Locke, seems to entail much egalitarian property redistribution. Put briefly, Lockeans argue that people justly own: (1) any unowned natural resources they labour on, (2) any ...

Nationalism and Hegemony The Consolidation of the Nation in Social and Political Life

Nationalism and Hegemony: The Consolidation of the Nation in Social and Political Life

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By Michaelangelo Anastasiou
January 29, 2024

This book develops a contemporary theory of nationalism that addresses 21st century political challenges, exploring theoretical and empirical understandings of the concepts of ‘the nation’ and ‘nationalism’ and the failure of various theoretical accounts to decipher the diverse manner by which ...

The Early Austrian School of Economics Money, Value, Capital

The Early Austrian School of Economics: Money, Value, Capital

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By Christopher Adair-Toteff
January 29, 2024

This book explores the thought of the three ‘founding’ members of the Austrian School of economics: Carl Menger, Friedrich von Wieser, and Eugen Böhm-Bawerk, considering the overlapping and specialization of their work on money, value, and capital. Offering an incisive overview of the work of three...

Methodological Individualism Introduction and Founding Texts

Methodological Individualism: Introduction and Founding Texts

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By Nathalie Bulle
January 26, 2024

Originating in the late 19th century and becoming the subject of ongoing methodological debates in the social sciences, methodological individualism is a paradigm that focuses on understanding social phenomena through the actions and choices of individuals rather than through collective ...

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