World-Making and Social Theory
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This book examines the social production of our world, of the worlds of the past and of the worlds of the future, considering the ways in which worlds are created in both actuality and imagination. Bringing together central concepts of classical sociology, including social change, transformation, individuation, collectivisation and human imagination and practice, it draws lessons from the collapse of Graeco-Roman antiquity for our own world of virus and ecological disasters, considers the genesis of capitalism and intimates its ending. Rooted in classical sociology yet challenging its traditions and objects of study, Visualising Worlds: World-Making and Social Theory adopts new ways of thinking about visuality, aesthetics and how we ‘see’ social worlds, and how we then begin to build them. As such, it will appeal to scholars across the social sciences with interests in social theory, historical sociology, cultural studies, critical theory, archaeology, and the emergence, change and collapse of civilisations.
Table of Contents
1 Groundwork: Origins of Worlds, Space and Time
2. Imagining Neverlands
3. The Dark Centuries
4. Beowulf and the Beo-Monde
5. Building Monsters
6. Endwork: Second to the right, and straight on till morning
Martyn Hudson is Lecturer in Art and Design History at Northumbria University, Newcastle, UK. He is the author of Visualising the Empire of Capital, Critical Theory and the Classical World, Species and Machines, Ghosts, Landscapes and Social Memory and The Slave Ship, Memory and the Origins of Modernity.