Contemporary Social Theory Products

  • Professions and Metaphors

    Understanding professions in society

    Edited by Andreas Liljegren, Mike Saks

    Professions and Metaphors: Understanding Professions in Society explores the way that two traditions have contributed to our understanding of both theory and society over recent decades. In the first tradition, the growing literature on metaphors has helped to guide thinking, providing insights…

    Hardback – 2016-08-17 
    Routledge Studies in Management, Organizations and Society

  • Social Work and Sociology: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives

    Edited by Irene Levin, Marit Haldar, Aurélie Picot

    Discussing the relationship between social work and sociology, this book explores how the two have become more and more divided, moving from one single discipline, to two separate, but related, fields. Both sociology and social work focus on social problems, social structure, social integration and…

    Hardback – 2016-07-01 

  • The Psychopolitics of Food

    Culinary rites of passage in the neoliberal age

    By Mihalis Mentinis

    The Psychopolitics of Food probes into the contemporary ‘foodscape’, examining culinary practices and food habits and in particular the ways in which they conflate with neoliberal political economy. It suggests that generic alimentary and culinary practices constitute technologies of the self and…

    Hardback – 2016-06-28 
    Concepts for Critical Psychology

  • The End of Equality

    By Carlo Bordoni

    The economic crisis has brought social differences to the fore, reinventing the old question of inequality as democracy’s missed opportunity. Many have attempted to find a rational explanation of the problem, tracing it back to poor economic policy and reckless liberalisation of finance, or the…

    Hardback – 2016-06-27 

  • Practice Theory and Research

    Exploring the dynamics of social life

    Edited by Gert Spaargaren, Don Weenink, Machiel Lamers

    There has been an upsurge in scholarship concerned with theories of social practices in various fields including sociology, geography and management studies. This book provides a systematic introduction and overview of recent formulations of practice theory organised around three important themes:…

    Hardback – 2016-06-23 

  • Sustainability

    By Thomas Pfister, Martin Schweighofer, André Reichel

    Sustainability as a reference frame for dealing with the interconnection of environmental, economic and social issues on a global scale is not only characterized by complex problems and long-term strategies but also by differences and disagreements with regard to its meanings and how they should be…

    Hardback – 2016-06-09 
    Key Ideas

  • Sceptical Sociology (RLE Social Theory)

    By John Carroll

    John Carroll contends that since 1918 sociology has distinguished itself by making society appear as dull as it is at its worst. Using barbaric jargon, legalistic syntax and vacuous statistical tables, and driven by an obsession with the humdrum, it has exhibited some of the worst traits of the…

    Paperback – 2016-05-31 
    Routledge Library Editions: Social Theory

  • Key Thinkers, Past and Present (RLE Social Theory)

    Edited by Jessica Kuper

    This volume provides a fascinating perspective on the social sciences through its examination of the leading proponents, their ideas and careers. It includes useful suggestions for further reading. All the great names in the history of the subject are here – Freud, Marx, Weber, Adam Smith and so on…

    Paperback – 2016-05-31 
    Routledge Library Editions: Social Theory

  • Sociological Theory (RLE Social Theory)

    Pretence and Possibility

    By Keith Dixon

    Most professional sociologists claim that sociology is, or ought to be, a theoretical science. Keith Dixon argues here that this claim is formulated in such a way that a proper evaluation of its status is extremely difficult, and that the contingent objections to the possibility of sociological…

    Paperback – 2016-05-31 
    Routledge Library Editions: Social Theory

  • Testament for Social Science (RLE Social Theory)

    An Essay in the Application of Scientific Method to Human Problems

    By Barbara Wootton

    The contrast between man’s amazing ability to manipulate his world and his pitiful incompetence in managing his own affairs is now as commonplace as it is tragic. It is by rigorous devotion to scientific method that we have made our conquests over the material environment; it is obvious that this…

    Paperback – 2016-05-31 
    Routledge Library Editions: Social Theory

  • Citizenship and Capitalism (RLE Social Theory)

    The Debate over Reformism

    By Bryan S. Turner

    In this study of politics in capitalist society Bryan Turner explores the development of citizenship as a way of demonstrating the effective use of political institutions by the working class and other subordinate groups to promote their interests. Marxist criticisms of reformism are rejected; it…

    Paperback – 2016-05-31 
    Routledge Library Editions: Social Theory

  • Opening the Black Box

    The Work of Watching

    By Gavin J. D. Smith

    Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras are a prominent, if increasingly familiar, feature of urbanism. They symbolize the faith that spatial authorities place in technical interventions for the treatment of social problems. CCTV was principally introduced to sterilize municipalities, to govern…

    Paperback – 2016-05-31 
    Routledge Advances in Sociology

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