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The Cambridge Handbook of Social Theory

Volume 2. Contemporary Theories and Issues

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Karl-Dieter Opp, Mark C. Pachucki, Ronald L. Breiger, Michael Strand, Lyn Spillman, Peter Burke, Donileen R. Loseke, Margarethe Kusenbach, Shelley Budgeon, Patricia Hill Collins, Peter Wagner, Timothy Rutzou, Sheila Croucher, Kevin Fox Gotham, Robert J. Antonio, Brett Clark, Chris Shilling, Stephen Valocchi, Christian Joppke, Klaus Rasborg, Barbara A. Misztal, Douglas A. Marshall, Simon Susen, Kevin Gillan, Ewa Morawska
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  • Date Published: December 2020
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  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107162693

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  • This ambitious two-volume handbook of social theory consists of forty original contributions. The researchers take stock of the state of social theory and its relationship to the canon, exploring such topics as the nature, purpose, and meaning of social theory; the significance of the classics; the impact of specific individual and theory schools; and more. Both volumes reflect a mixture of what intellectual historian Morton White distinguished as the 'annalist of ideas' and the 'analyst of ideas,' locating theoretical thought within the larger socio-historical context that shaped it - within the terrain of the sociology of knowledge. Exploring the contemporary relevance of theories in a manner that is historically situated and sensitive, this impressive and comprehensive set will likely stand the test of time.

    • Appeals to the social sciences in general, rather than just sociological theory
    • Synthesizes a body of knowledge about social theory in sociology
    • Offers a wide-ranging treatment of contemporary theory and its applications
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'For the quality of its contributors (the highest) and the range of its contributions (the most diverse), there has never been a theory collection that comes anywhere close to the achievement of this Cambridge Handbook. Peter Kivisto deserves our recognition and our gratitude.' Jeffrey Alexander

    'Social theory is undergoing a period of rapid change and expansion, and Peter Kivisto has produced an accessible set of introductions to both classic and new topics, with a complement of star contributors. This will be an essential source for students as well as sociologists who need an understanding of the key issues and literatures as they stand today.' Stephen Turner, University of South Florida

    'A first rate resource featuring thoughtful articles on key thinkers and aspects of sociological theory. Taken together, the contributions offer a rare and comprehensive panorama opening up to all subfields within sociology.' Thomas Faist, Professor of Sociology, Bielefeld University

    'Social theory is a fascinating intellectual maze. The Cambridge Handbook of Social Theory provides all of us with a reliable map, a remarkable achievement. Systematic, precise and ecumenical, this is the guide we were waiting for.' Giuseppe Sciortino, Università di Trento

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    • Date Published: December 2020
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107162693
    • length: 496 pages
    • dimensions: 260 x 181 x 30 mm
    • weight: 1.04kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Rational choice theory and methodological individualism Karl-Dieter Opp
    2. Network theories Mark C. Pachucki and Ronald L. Breiger
    3. Cultural sociology Michael Strand and Lyn Spillman
    4. Identity Peter Burke
    5. Emotions theory Donileen R. Loseke and Margarethe Kusenbach
    6. Theorizing sex/gender: feminist social theory Shelley Budgeon
    7. Intersectionality as critical social theory Patricia Hill Collins
    8. Modernity Peter Wagner
    9. Realism Timothy Rutzou
    10. Globalization: not good, bad, or over Sheila Croucher
    11. Time/space Kevin Fox Gotham
    12. Social theory in the anthropocene: ecological crisis and renewal Robert J. Antonio and Brett Clark
    13. Embodiment Chris Shilling
    14. Sexualities Stephen Valocchi
    15. Multiculturalism Christian Joppke
    16. Risk Klaus Rasborg
    17. Trust and the variety of its bases Barbara A. Misztal
    18. Unity's within conflict: mapping biology's relevance to sociological theory Douglas A. Marshall
    19. Civil society Simon Susen
    20. Social movements: sequences vs. fuzzy temporality Kevin Gillan
    21. Immigration Ewa Morawska.

  • Editor

    Peter Kivisto, Augustana College, Illinois
    Peter Kivisto is Richard A. Swanson Professor of Social Thought at Augustana College.

    Contributors

    Karl-Dieter Opp, Mark C. Pachucki, Ronald L. Breiger, Michael Strand, Lyn Spillman, Peter Burke, Donileen R. Loseke, Margarethe Kusenbach, Shelley Budgeon, Patricia Hill Collins, Peter Wagner, Timothy Rutzou, Sheila Croucher, Kevin Fox Gotham, Robert J. Antonio, Brett Clark, Chris Shilling, Stephen Valocchi, Christian Joppke, Klaus Rasborg, Barbara A. Misztal, Douglas A. Marshall, Simon Susen, Kevin Gillan, Ewa Morawska

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