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The Structure of Social Theory

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The Structure of Social Theory by Anthony King
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Over the last three decades, social theory has become an increasingly important subdiscipline within sociology. Social theory has attempted to elucidate the philosophical basis of sociology by defining the nature of social reality. According to social theory, society consists of objective institutions, structure, on the one hand, and individuals, agency on the other, it promotes human social relations, insisting that in every instance social reality consists of these relations. The book begins by defining and criticising contemporary social theory. It analyses the work of Giddens, Bourdieu, Foucault, Bhaskar and Habermas to demonstrate that their commitment to structure and agency is unsustainable. The book then proceeds to recover a sociology which focuses on social relations by reference to the works of classical sociology; to Hegel, marx, Weber and Durkheim. Finally, the book establishes a new 'hermeneutic' paradigm in which social relations are primary. The author argues that sociologists studying the dramatic socila transformations which are currently occuring should focus on social relations between humans; they should not attempt to understand contemporary changes in terms o

Author Biography

Anthony King is Professor in Sociology at Exeter University.
Release date NZ
April 15th, 2004
Author
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Imprint
Routledge
Pages
288
Dimensions
156x234x21
ISBN-13
9780415263344
Product ID
1681872

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