The Structure of Social Theory

By Anthony King

© 2004 – Routledge

288 pages

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About the Book

Drawing on the work of Gadamer, the book demonstrates that a sociology which focuses on social relations does not imply a return to idealism, nor a retreat into individualism, nor a rejection of critique. Rather, a hermeneutic sociology which prioritises human social relations is the only coherent paradigm which is available today. The author argues that sociologists studying the dramatic social transformations which are currently occuring should focus on social relations between humans; they should not attempt to understand contemporary changes in terms of structure and agency.

Table of Contents

Part I: Contemporary Social Theory 1. Structure and Agency 2. The Relevance of Parsons 3. Structure, Habitus, Discourse 4. The Reality of Realism Part II: Classical Sociology 5. Hegel and the Concept of Geist 6. From Praxis to Historical Materialism 7. Status Groups and the Protestant Ethic 8. Society and Ritual Part III: Towards a Hermeneutic Sociology 9. Hermeneutics and Idealism 10. Hermeneutics and Individualism 11. Hermeneutics and Critique 12. Beyond Structure and Agency

About the Author

Anthony King is Professor in Sociology at Exeter University.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Social and Political Thought

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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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOC026000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General