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Schools of sociology. Schools of social thought

  • The Cambridge Companion to Durkheimby Jeffrey C. Alexander; Philip Smith

    Cambridge University Press 2005; US$ 40.00

    An authoritative and comprehensive collection of essays redefining the relevance of Durkheim to the human sciences in the twenty-first century. more...

  • The Necessity of Social Controlby John Bellamy Foster; Istvan Meszaros

    Monthly Review Press 2014; US$ 27.20

    As John Bellamy Foster writes in his foreword to the present book, ?István Mészáros is one of the greatest philosophers that the historical materialist tradition has yet produced. His work stands practically alone today in the depth of its analysis of Marx?s theory of alienation, the structural crisis of capital, the demise of Soviet-style post-revolutionary... more...

  • Revisiting the Frankfurt Schoolby Dr David Berry

    Ashgate Publishing Ltd 2013; US$ 149.95

    What has become known as the Frankfurt School is often reduced to a small number of theorists in media communication and cultural studies. Challenging this limitation, Revisiting The Frankfurt School introduces a wider theoretical perspective by introducing critical assessments on a number of writers associated with the school that have been mostly... more...

  • The Dialogical Turnby Charles Camic; Hans Joas

    Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 2003; US$ 45.99

    Since its birth, sociology has struggled vainly to achieve an encompassing intellectual 'synthesis' as it has fought against the explosion of ideas about the social world. This volume considers an alternative response that has recently developed to conditions of intellectual fragmentation: 'the dialogical turn,' a sociological approach that welcomes... more...

  • Adorno, Habermas and the Search for a Rational Societyby Deborah Cook

    Taylor and Francis 2004; US$ 54.95

    Theodor W. Adorno and Jnrgen Habermas both champion the goal of a rational society. However, they differ significantly about what this society should look like and how best to achieve it. Exploring the premises shared by both critical theorists, along with their profound disagreements about social conditions today, this book defends Adorno against... more...

  • Marxism and Realismby Sean Creaven

    Taylor and Francis 2012; US$ 54.95

    This book rethinks Marx's sociology as a form of realist social theory, extending Roy Bhaskar's philosophical realism into the social sciences. By constructing historical materialism as realist social theory, it becomes possible to resolve many long standing dilemmas in Marxist discourse, such as voluntarism versus determinism and humanism versus economism. more...

  • Emergentist Marxismby Sean Creaven

    Taylor and Francis 2013; US$ 54.95

    In tackling emergentist Marxism in depth, this well-written volume demonstrates that critical realism and materialist dialectics are indispensable to theorizing the functioning of complex social and physical systems. Author Sean Creaven investigates Marx?s dialectics of being and consciousness, forces and relations of production, base and superstructure,... more...

  • No Social Science Without Critical Theoryby Harry F. Dahms

    Emerald Group Publishing Limited 2008; US$ 102.00

    Highlights the problematic nature of mainstream perspectives, and the growing need to reaffirm how the specific kind of critique the early Frankfurt School theorists advocated is not less, but far more important today. This book examines the links between more...

  • Critical Social Theoryby Tim Dant

    SAGE Publications 2004; US$ 41.00

    Critical theory has left an indelible mark on postwar social thought. But what are the relations between critical theory and 'the cultural turn' ? How did critical theory inform later French critical theorists, such as Lefebvre, Barthes and Baudrillard? This accomplished and accessible book: - Demonstrates the origins of critical theory in... more...

  • Nationalism, Social Theory and Durkheimby Dr James Dingley

    Palgrave Macmillan 2008; US$ 115.00

    Ethno-national and religious identity and violence dominate modern politics, from Northern Ireland to terrorism in Sri Lanka, the former Yugoslavia or Afghanistan and Iraq. This book shows that social theory should be a major tool in helping explain national, religious and identity problems. more...