Social Life

Contemporary Social Theory

by Matthias Benzer, Kate Reed

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  • 9781473907836
  • 9781526415875
  • 9781526415851

In Social Life, the authors highlight, explain, and scrutinize socio-theoretical analyses of contemporary social relations and conditions - put forward by eight modern social theorists - and analyse how these have informed sociological inquiries into people’s lives in today’s social world.

The book discusses the works of the following social theorists:

  • Anthony Giddens
  • Pierre Bourdieu
  • Bruno Latour
  • Donna Haraway
  • Zygmunt Bauman
  • Jean-Francois Lyotard
  • Michel Foucault
  • Jean Baudrillard

In each chapter, the authors identify the key components of each theorist’s conception of society and apply the theories outlined to specific, modern phenomena. This connection with modern-day phenomena allows for a critical interrogation of issues in contemporary society, including: Inequality and Capital, Power, Fear and Terrorism, Immune System Discourse, Suffering, and Climate Change.

Essential reading for all sociology students studying social theory and the works of modern social theorists.


  • SAGE Publications; September 2019
  • ISBN: 9781526415875
  • Edition: 1
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  • Title: Social Life
  • Author: Matthias Benzer; Kate Reed
  • Imprint: SAGE Publications Ltd
Subject categories
ISBNs
  • 9781473907836
  • 9781526415875
  • 9781526415851

In The Press

This collection of essays on social theorists is highly readable and complex ideas are presented clearly. These are excellent discussions based on close engagement with the original texts that will be a valuable sources for both students and academics.


Subject categories
ISBNs
  • 9781473907836
  • 9781526415875
  • 9781526415851