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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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Common Sense as a Paradigm of Thought An Analysis of Social Interaction

Common Sense as a Paradigm of Thought: An Analysis of Social Interaction

1st Edition

By Tim Delaney
November 15, 2018

The notion of common sense and abiding by its implications is something that, seemingly, everyone agrees is a good way of making behavioral decisions and conducting one's daily activities. This holds true whether one is a liberal, moderate, or conservative; young or old; and regardless of one's ...

Deciphering Goffman The Structure of his Sociological Theory Revisited

Deciphering Goffman: The Structure of his Sociological Theory Revisited

1st Edition

By Ramon Vargas Maseda
October 18, 2018

Challenging the ‘classical’ conception of Goffman’s sociology, this book offers a new interpretation based on a comprehensive examination of previous interpretations and critical assessments of Goffman’s work. Epistemologically, the book acknowledges the important but overlooked influences of both ...

Democracy, Dialogue, Memory Expression and Affect Beyond Consensus

Democracy, Dialogue, Memory: Expression and Affect Beyond Consensus

1st Edition

Edited By Idit Alphandary, Leszek Koczanowicz
October 09, 2018

Arguing that the politics of democracy is inseparable from a notion of dialogue that emerges from conflicting and often traumatic memories, Democracy, Dialogue, Memory examines the importance of dialogue for the achievement of understanding in civil society rather than consensus, so that democratic...

Norbert Elias and the Analysis of History and Sport Systematizing Figurational Sociology

Norbert Elias and the Analysis of History and Sport: Systematizing Figurational Sociology

1st Edition

By Joannes Van Gestel
June 01, 2018

In times when the social sciences have become increasingly fragmented and more focused on ‘the pieces of the puzzle’, the puzzle, as a topic in its own right, has slowly been moved towards the background. Nonetheless, as humanity becomes ever more globalized, there is a greater need for in-depth ...

Rethinking Liberalism for the 21st Century The Skeptical Radicalism of Judith Shklar

Rethinking Liberalism for the 21st Century: The Skeptical Radicalism of Judith Shklar

1st Edition

By Giunia Gatta
May 22, 2018

Rethinking Liberalism for the 21st Century offers an indispensable reexamination of the life, work, and interventions of a prominent liberal political theorist of the 20th century: Judith Shklar. Drawing on published and unpublished sources including Shklar’s correspondence, lecture notes, and ...

Liberty, Toleration and Equality John Locke, Jonas Proast and the Letters Concerning Toleration

Liberty, Toleration and Equality: John Locke, Jonas Proast and the Letters Concerning Toleration

1st Edition

By John William Tate
May 09, 2018

The seventeenth century English philosopher, John Locke, is widely recognized as one of the seminal sources of the modern liberal tradition. Liberty, Toleration and Equality examines the development of Locke’s ideal of toleration, from its beginnings, to the culmination of this development in Locke...

Jürgen Habermas and the European Economic Crisis Cosmopolitanism Reconsidered

Jürgen Habermas and the European Economic Crisis: Cosmopolitanism Reconsidered

1st Edition

Edited By Gaspare M. Genna, Thomas O. Haakenson, Ian W. Wilson
April 25, 2018

The European Union entered into an economic crisis in late 2009 that was sparked by bank bailouts and led to large, unsustainable, sovereign debt. The crisis was European in scale, but hit some countries in the Eurozone harder than others. Despite the plethora of writings devoted to the economic ...

China in Early Enlightenment Political Thought

China in Early Enlightenment Political Thought

1st Edition

By Simon Kow
April 10, 2018

China in Early Enlightenment Political Thought examines the ideas of China in the works of three major thinkers in the early European Enlightenment of the late seventeenth to early eighteenth centuries: Pierre Bayle, Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, and the Baron de Montesquieu. Unlike surveys which ...

Phenomenology of Youth Cultures and Globalization Lifeworlds and Surplus Meaning in Changing Times

Phenomenology of Youth Cultures and Globalization: Lifeworlds and Surplus Meaning in Changing Times

1st Edition

Edited By Stuart R. Poyntz, Jacqueline Kennelly
March 07, 2018

This edited collection brings together scholars who draw on phenomenological approaches to understand the experiences of young people growing up under contemporary conditions of globalization. Phenomenology is both a philosophical and pragmatic approach to social sciences research, that takes as ...

The Sociology of Knowledge in a Time of Crisis Challenging the Phantom of Liberty

The Sociology of Knowledge in a Time of Crisis: Challenging the Phantom of Liberty

1st Edition

By Onofrio Romano
March 07, 2018

The speed of social dynamics has overtaken the speed of thought. Adopting a dialectical perspective towards reality, social theory has always detected faults in the dominant social pattern, foreseeing crises and outlining in advance the features of new social models. Thought has always moved ...

What Holism Can Do for Social Theory

What Holism Can Do for Social Theory

1st Edition

By Barbara Hanson
March 07, 2018

This book reconsiders the nature of positivist philosophy in social science theory based on classical and medieval thought in what later became "Europe." It argues that social theory is being held back by antagonistic debates over science, positivism, objectivity, and universal law - ...

Experiencing Multiple Realities Alfred Schutz’s Sociology of the Finite Provinces of Meaning

Experiencing Multiple Realities: Alfred Schutz’s Sociology of the Finite Provinces of Meaning

1st Edition

By Marius Ion Benţa
February 26, 2018

This book offers a theoretical investigation into the general problem of reality as a multiplicity of ‘finite provinces of meaning’, as developed in the work of Alfred Schutz. A critical introduction to Schutz’s sociology of multiple realities as well as a sympathetic re-reading and reconstruction ...

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