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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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Stupidity in Politics Its Unavoidability and Potential

Stupidity in Politics: Its Unavoidability and Potential

1st Edition

By Nobutaka Otobe
October 12, 2020

Stupidity permeates our perception and practice of politics. We frequently accuse politicians, bureaucrats, journalists, voters, "elites," and "the masses" for their stupidities. In fact, it is not only "populist politicians," "sensational journalism," and "uneducated voters" who are accused of ...

A Marxist Theory of Ideology Praxis, Thought and the Social World

A Marxist Theory of Ideology: Praxis, Thought and the Social World

1st Edition

By Andrea Sau
July 14, 2020

This work explores the question of defining ideology from a Marxist perspective. Advancing beyond the schemas of discussion presented in current Marxist literature, the author offers an account of how the concept of ideology should be defined and what role it plays within historical materialism. ...

Human Flourishing, Liberal Theory, and the Arts A Liberalism of Flourishing

Human Flourishing, Liberal Theory, and the Arts: A Liberalism of Flourishing

1st Edition

By Menachem Mautner
April 28, 2020

This book claims that in addition to autonomy, liberal tradition recognizes human flourishing as an ideal of the good life. There are two versions of the liberalism of flourishing: for one the good life consists in the ability of an individual to develop her intellectual and moral capabilities, and...

Consciousness and the Neoliberal Subject A Theory of Ideology via Marcuse, Jameson and Žižek

Consciousness and the Neoliberal Subject: A Theory of Ideology via Marcuse, Jameson and Žižek

1st Edition

By Jon Bailes
April 22, 2020

Consciousness and the Neoliberal Subject outlines a theory of ideological function and a range of ideological positions according to which individuals rationalise and accept socio-economic conditions in advanced consumer capitalist societies. Through a critical examination of the social and ...

Genealogies of Emotions, Intimacies, and Desire Theories of Changes in Emotional Regimes from Medieval Society to Late Modernity

Genealogies of Emotions, Intimacies, and Desire: Theories of Changes in Emotional Regimes from Medieval Society to Late Modernity

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By Ann Brooks
December 20, 2019

Genealogies of Emotions, Intimacies and Desire excavates epistemologies which attempt to explain changes in emotional regimes from medieval society to late modernity. Key in this debate is the concept of intimacy. The book shows that different historical periods are characterized by emotional ...

Progressive Violence Theorizing the War on Terror

Progressive Violence: Theorizing the War on Terror

1st Edition

By Michael Blain, Angeline Kearns-Blain
October 17, 2019

This book examines the role of collective violence in the achievement of solidarity, shedding light on the difficulty faced by sociology in theorizing violence and warfare as a result of the discipline’s tendency to idealize society in an attempt to legitimize the idea of progressive social change....

Ethical Politics and Modern Society T. H. Green’s Practical Philosophy and Modern China

Ethical Politics and Modern Society: T. H. Green’s Practical Philosophy and Modern China

1st Edition

By James Jia-Hau Liu
September 25, 2019

Ethical Politics and Modern Society introduces and critically examines British idealist philosopher, Thomas Hill Green, his practical philosophy, and its reception in China between the late nineteenth century and the early twentieth century. As a response to the modernity issue in Great Britain, ...

The Lived Experiences of Muslims in Europe Recognition, Power and Intersubjective Dilemmas

The Lived Experiences of Muslims in Europe: Recognition, Power and Intersubjective Dilemmas

1st Edition

By Des Delaney
September 20, 2019

This book unearths new knowledge and challenges existing paradigms in relation to the integration of minority communities. It comprehensively reflects upon the complexity of recognition experiences and integration challenges faced by Muslim individuals and groups in Europe. By focusing on ...

A Politics of Disgust Selfhood, World-Making, and Ethics

A Politics of Disgust: Selfhood, World-Making, and Ethics

1st Edition

By Eleonora Joensuu
July 04, 2019

This book explores the intersubjective nature of disgust, the fascination that often accompanies it—along with repulsion—and the ethical implications of the experience. With attention to what emotions do rather than what they necessarily are, it examines the ways in which disgust works to create ...

The Social Life of Nothing Silence, Invisibility and Emptiness in Tales of Lost Experience

The Social Life of Nothing: Silence, Invisibility and Emptiness in Tales of Lost Experience

1st Edition

By Susie Scott
June 19, 2019

Nothing really matters. All the things that we do not do, have or become in our lives can be important in shaping self-identity. From jobs turned down to great loves lost, secrets kept and truths untold, people missed and souls unborn, we understand ourselves through other, unlived lives that are ...

Work: Marxist and Systems-Theoretical Approaches

Work: Marxist and Systems-Theoretical Approaches

1st Edition

By Stefan Kühl
May 30, 2019

Using Marxist and systems theory as guides, this book offers an entry point to the current debate on the role of economy in modern society, the change in work organizations and the effect of the economy on the individual. It explores the concepts of ‘work society’, ‘industrial society’ and ‘...

Social Change in a Material World

Social Change in a Material World

1st Edition

By Theodore R. Schatzki
May 14, 2019

Social Change in a Material World offers a new, practice theoretical account of social change and its explanation. Extending the author’s earlier account of social life, and drawing on general ideas about events, processes, and change, the book conceptualizes social changes as configurations of ...

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