Classical Social Theory Products

  • The Anxiety of Ascent

    Middle-Class Narratives in Germany and America

    By Scott Doidge

    Hardback – 2018-06-30 
    Morality, Society and Culture

  • Émile Durkheim and the Birth of the Gods

    Clans, Incest, Totems, Phratries, Hordes, Mana, Taboos, Corroborees, Sodalities, Menstrual Blood, Apes, Churingas, Cairins, and Other Mysterious Things

    By Alexandra Maryanski

    The Birth of the Gods is dedicated to Durkheim's effort to understand the basis of social integration. Unlike most social scientists, then and now, Durkheim concluded that humans are naturally more individualistic than collectivistic, that the primal social unit for humans is the macro-level unit (…

    Paperback – 2018-06-28 

  • Updating Charles H. Cooley

    Contemporary Perspectives on a Sociological Classic

    Edited by Natalia Ruiz-Junco, Baptiste Brossard

    This book explores the contemporary relevance of Charles H. Cooley’s thought, bringing together scholars from the US, the UK, Europe and Australia to reflect on Cooley’s theory and legacy. Offering an up-to-date analysis of Cooley’s reception in the history of the social sciences, an examination of…

    Hardback – 2018-06-20 
    Classical and Contemporary Social Theory

  • The Challenge of Modernity

    Simmel’s Sociological Theory

    By Gregor Fitzi

    In an epoch of shifting solidarities, religious and political conflicts, sociology faces new challenges. Simmel is the reference author for the inquiry into cultural crisis, monetarisation and urbanisation of social life in rapidly changing societies. His contribution to sociological theory,…

    Hardback – 2018-05-30 

  • The Iron Cage Revisited

    Max Weber in the Neoliberal Era

    By R. Bruce Douglass

    Hardback – 2018-05-29 
    Classical and Contemporary Social Theory

  • Thorstein Veblen

    Economist and Social Theorist

    By Murray G. Murphey

    In his latest book, scholar-historian Murray Murphey exhaustively explores the life and theory of Thorstein Veblen (1857 – 1929), whom, many scholars agree, remains one of the leading social theorists of all time, if not also one of the more confounding. Murphey’s account begins with a brief…

    Paperback – 2018-04-23 

  • American Social Theory

    By Charles Lemert

    Due to the importance of philosophy in the Enlightenment, European social theory has dominated discourses of theory to the present day. Yet, looking deeper, Americans have made important contributions from very different social and cultural perspectives. Drawing from Euro and American traditions…

    Paperback – 2018-02-01 

  • The New Narcissus in the Age of Reality Television

    By Megan Collins

    This book explores the emergence and encouragement of the new narcissus in our society and the ways in which this is portrayed in reality television. Through studies of well-known reality shows, including Toddlers and Tiaras, Hoarders, Sister Wives, Catfish: The TV Show, Celebrity Rehab with Dr.…

    Hardback – 2017-12-14
    Classical and Contemporary Social Theory

  • Existence, Meaning, Excellence

    Aristotelian Reflections on the Meaning of Life

    By Andrius Bielskis

    This book addresses the ‘perennial’ question of the meaning of life from the point of view of a novel interpretation of Aristotle’s teleology. Beginning with the premise that at the core of modernity and modern moral imagination are the entropy of meaning and the sense of meaninglessness, the…

    Hardback – 2017-10-30
    Classical and Contemporary Social Theory

  • Walking into the Void

    A Historical Sociology and Political Anthropology of Walking

    By Arpad Szakolczai, Agnes Horvath

    The book starts by discussing the significance of walking for the experience of being human, including a comparative study of the language and cultures of walking. It then reviews in detail, relying on archaeology, two turning points of human history: the emergence of cave art sanctuaries and a new…

    Paperback – 2017-10-17
    Contemporary Liminality

  • Mega-Events as Economies of the Imagination

    Creating Atmospheres for Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020

    By Rodanthi Tzanelli

    Atmosphere, the elusive ambiance of a place, enables or hinders its mobility in global consumption contexts. Atmosphere connects to social imaginaries, utopian representational frames producing the culture of a city or country. But who resolves atmospheric contradictions in a place’s social and…

    Hardback – 2017-10-05
    Routledge Advances in Sociology

  • Routledge International Handbook of Critical Mental Health

    Edited by Bruce M.Z. Cohen

    The Routledge International Handbook of Critical Mental Health offers the most comprehensive collection of theoretical and applied writings to date with which students, scholars, researchers and practitioners within the social and health sciences can systematically problematise the practices,…

    Hardback – 2017-09-28
    Routledge International Handbooks

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