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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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Political Correctness: A Sociocultural Black Hole

Political Correctness: A Sociocultural Black Hole

1st Edition

By Thomas Tsakalakis
April 29, 2022

This book explores the nature of political correctness as but one of the faces of today’s widespread sociocultural hypocrisy; it is a critique of a phenomenon that constitutes a threat to the Enlightenment hope that humanity might one day achieve maturity. The author identifies political ...

Stupidity in Politics Its Unavoidability and Potential

Stupidity in Politics: Its Unavoidability and Potential

1st Edition

By Nobutaka Otobe
April 29, 2022

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 ...

The Individual After Modernity A Sociological Perspective

The Individual After Modernity: A Sociological Perspective

1st Edition

By Mira Marody
April 29, 2022

Moving beyond the individualisation paradigm in sociological theory, this book develops an approach to the analysis of human activities and the social phenomena produced by them that centres on the processes that generate coordinated behaviours among individuals. Emphasising the relational and ...

Critical Theory of Coloniality

Critical Theory of Coloniality

1st Edition

By Paulo Henrique Martins
April 13, 2022

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

1st Edition

By John Vail
April 18, 2022

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 ...

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

1st Edition

By Michaelangelo Anastasiou
April 15, 2022

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

1st Edition

By Christopher Adair-Toteff
April 04, 2022

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...

Anatomies of Modern Discontent Visions from the Human Sciences

Anatomies of Modern Discontent: Visions from the Human Sciences

1st Edition

By Thomas S. Henricks
March 04, 2022

This book provides an overview and analysis of the thought of figures across the human and social sciences on the character, causes, and consequences of discontent in modern societies. Exploring the important social and cultural conditions associated with modernity, it focuses on the contributions ...

Marcel Gauchet and the Crisis of Democratic Politics

Marcel Gauchet and the Crisis of Democratic Politics

1st Edition

Edited By Natalie J. Doyle, Sean McMorrow
February 25, 2022

This book presents, for the first time in the English language, Marcel Gauchet’s interpretation of the challenges faced by contemporary Western societies as a result of the crisis of liberal democratic politics and the growing influence of populism. Responding to Gauchet’s analysis, international ...

Outlines of a Theory of Plural Habitus Bourdieu Revisited

Outlines of a Theory of Plural Habitus: Bourdieu Revisited

1st Edition

By Miklós Hadas
November 19, 2021

This book explores the thought of Pierre Bourdieu, one of the most influential sociologists of the twentieth century, proposing a modification and extension of his concept of habitus. Building on Bourdieu’s notion of the translational reproduction of social structure – the idea that while social ...

The World as Idea A Conceptual History

The World as Idea: A Conceptual History

1st Edition

By Charles P. Webel
November 04, 2021

In The World as Idea Charles P. Webel presents an intellectual history of one of the most influential concepts known to humanity—that of "the world." Webel traces the development of "the world" through the past, depicting the history of the world as an intellectual construct from its roots in ...

Max Weber and the Path from Political Economy to Economic Sociology

Max Weber and the Path from Political Economy to Economic Sociology

1st Edition

By Christopher Adair-Toteff
November 02, 2021

This book examines the largely-neglected shift in Max Weber’s work from political economy to economic sociology. Considering the importance of his recognition—made during his research on the Protestant Ethic—of the reciprocal influences that exist between economics and society and the role of this ...

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