Contemporary Social Theory Products

  • Jung and Sociological Theory

    Readings and Appraisal

    Edited by Gavin Walker

    Carl Jung has always lain at the edge of sociology's consciousness, despite the existence of a long-established Freudian tradition. Yet, over the years, a small number of sociological writers have considered Jung; one or two Jungian writers have considered sociology. The range of perspectives is…

    Paperback – 2017-11-08 
    Routledge

  • 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 – 2017-11-02 
    Routledge
    Contemporary Liminality

  • 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 – 2017-10-31 
    Routledge
    Classical and Contemporary Social Theory

  • 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 – 2017-10-23 
    Routledge
    Routledge Advances in Sociology

  • Engagement and Disengagement

    Class, Authority, Politics, and Intellectuals

    By Howard Schneiderman

    Part dialogue, part debate between Howard Schneiderman and a small number of social theorists, Engagement and Disengagement represents the culmination of a life’s work in social theory. On the one hand, it is about cohesive social, cultural, and intellectual forces, such as authority, community,…

    Paperback – 2017-10-10 
    Routledge

  • 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 – 2017-10-03 
    Routledge
    Routledge International Handbooks

  • Species and Machines

    The Human Subjugation of Nature

    By Martyn Hudson

    This book offers a re-examination of the relationship between humans and nature with a new methodology: by examining our entanglement with machines. Using central ideas of critical theory, it uncovers the suppression of nature through technology, tools and engines. It focuses on the ways in which…

    Hardback – 2017-10-03 
    Routledge

  • Agency and Structure

    Reorienting Social Theory

    By Piotr Sztompka

    A striking feature of the human condition is its dual, contradictory, inherently split character; on the one hand, autonomy and freedom; on the other, constraint and dependence on social structure. This volume addresses this central problem of the linkage between human action and social structure…

    Paperback – 2017-09-30 
    Routledge

  • Advances in Social Theory and Methodology

    Toward an Integration of Micro- and Macro-Sociologies

    Edited by Karin Knorr Cetina, A.V. Cicourel

    After a period in which sociology was torn apart by the polarized claims of micro- and macro-methodology, an increasing number of sociologists are now attempting a fusion of the two approaches. In this volume, some of the most distinguished sociologists set out possible resolutions of the debate.…

    Paperback – 2017-09-29 
    Routledge

  • Complexity, Society and Social Transactions

    Developing a Comprehensive Social Theory

    By Thomas B. Whalen

    This book develops and presents a general social theory explaining social, cultural and economic ontology and, as a by-product, the ontology of other social institutions and structures. This theory is called social transaction theory. Using the framework of the complex adaptive systems model, this…

    Hardback – 2017-09-29 
    Routledge
    Routledge Studies in Social and Political Thought

  • New Directions in the Sociology of Human Rights

    Edited by Patricia Hynes, Michele Lamb, Damien Short, Matthew Waites

    New Directions in the Sociology of Human Rights is a contribution to both sociology and to human rights research, particularly where these are directed towards challenging power relations and inequalities in contemporary societies. It expands and develops the sociology of human rights as a…

    Paperback – 2017-09-24 
    Routledge

  • The Routledge International Handbook of Critical Positive Psychology

    Edited by Nicholas J. L. Brown, Tim Lomas, Francisco Jose Eiroa-Orosa

    Since the turn of the twenty-first century, the field of positive psychology has sought to implement a science of human flourishing so that we may lead happier, more fulfilling lives. It has found expression not only in academic papers but also popular books and, increasingly, in government…

    Hardback – 2017-09-15 
    Routledge
    Routledge International Handbooks

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