A comprehensive new collection covering the principal traditions and critical contemporary issues of social theory.Builds on the success of The Blackwell Companion to Social Theory, second edition with substantial revisions, entirely new contributions, and a fresh editorial directionExplores contemporary areas such as actor network theory, social constructionism, human rights and cosmopolitanismIncludes chapters on demography, science and technology studies, and genetics and social theoryEmphasizes key areas of sociology which have had an important impact in shaping
Contents; List of Contributors; Introduction: A New Agenda for Social Theory?; Part I: Foundations; 1: The Foundations of Social Theory; 2: Contemporary Sociological Theory: Post-Parsonian Developments; 3: Philosophy of the Social Sciences; Part II: Actions, Actors, and Systems; 4: Theories of Social Action; 5: Functionalism and Social Systems Theory; 6: Structuralism and Poststructuralism; 7: Actor Network Theory and Material Semiotics; 8: Ethnomethodology and Social Theory; 9: Rational Choice Theory; Part III: Perspectives on Social and Cultural Analysis 10: Pragmatism and Symbolic Interactionism11: Phenomenology; 12: Feminist Theory; 13: Postmodern Social Theory; 14: Social Constructionism; 15: Conversation Analysis as Social Theory; 16: Globalization Theory; Part IV: Sociology and the Social Sciences; 17: Genetics and Social Theory; 18: Economic Sociology; 19: Cultural Sociology; 20: Historical Sociology; 21: The Sociology of Religion; 22: Demography; 23: Science and Technology Studies: From Controversies to Posthumanist Social Theory; Part V: New Developments; 24: Mobilities and Social Theory 25: Sociological Theory and Human Rights: Two Logics, One World26: The Sociology of the Body; 27: Cosmopolitanism and Social Theory; 28: The Future of Social Theory; Index
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