Providing interpretations and drawing critically from classical and modern social theory, post-structuralism, and psychoanalytic theory, this original study offers an alternative way of thinking about the social and the individual. It offers critical analyses of, among others, Marx, Giddens, Bourdieu, Derrida, Laclau and Mouffe, Castoriadis, Freud and modern psychoanalytic theorists, and considers their roles in advancing our present-day conceptualization of the social and the self. In theorizing that behaviour is both socially determined and autonomous, it avoids the impasses of either individualist or structuralist approaches.
Table of Contents
Contents: Introduction - Part I: The Aporias of Social Theory - A Return to Marx - A Theoretical Overview - Part II: Structuration, Openness and the Modality of the Social - From Structure to Structuration - A. Gidden's Theory of Structuration - P. Bourdieu's Theory of Practice - Openness and the Modality of the Social - J. Derrida and Differance - E. Laclau and C. Mouffe: Meaningfulness and Openness of the Social - C. Castoriadis's 'Imaginary Institution' - Part III: Freud and Psychoanalysis: From a Theory of the Psyche to a Theory of the Social - Elements from the Psychoanalytic Theorization of the Psyche - The Unconscious as a Level of Psychical Functioning - The Structuring of the Psyche: From the First to the Second Freudian Topographies - From a Theory of the Psyche to a Theory of the Social
Kanakis Leledakis Department of Sociology,University of Crete