Critical And Effective Histories

Foucault's Methods and Historical Sociology
Author: Mitchell Dean
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134921314
Category: Social Science
Page: 256
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First Published in 2004. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Sociology after postmodernism

Author: David Owen
Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd
ISBN: 9780803975149
Category: Philosophy
Page: 228
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Postmodernism is frequently described as dealing a death-blow to sociology. This book, however, argues that it is a mistake to conceive postmodernism in terms of a fatal attack upon what sociologists do. The contributors locate the identity of sociology `after' postmodernism as a contested site which opens up the possibility of re-imagining the enterprise of sociology. They show how this re-imagination might be conducted and trace some of the key potential consequences.

Key Thinkers on Space and Place

Author: Phil Hubbard,Rob Kitchin,Gill Valentine
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 9780761949633
Category: Science
Page: 356
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A comprehensive guide to the latest work on space. Each entry is a short interpretative essay, outlining the contributions made by the key theorists.

Governable Places

Readings on Governmentality and Crime Control
Author: Russell Charles Smandych
Publisher: Dartmouth Publishing Company
ISBN: 9781840147261
Category: Social Science
Page: 326
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Bringing together the work of leading researchers in the new field of governmentality studies and crime control, this book deals with key theoretical and methodological issues now being addressed by researchers in the field, while also reporting the results of innovative theoretically-informed research on a range of substantive topics.

Handbook of Social Theory

Author: George Ritzer,Barry Smart
Publisher: SAGE Publications Limited
Category: Social Science
Page: 552
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This book is an indispensable resource for anyone interested in the roots, current debates and future development of social theory. It draws together a team of outstanding international scholars, and presents an authoritative and panoramic critical survey of the field. The volume is divided into three parts. The first part examines the classical tradition. Included here are critical discussions of Comte, Spencer, Marx, Durkheim, Weber, Simmel, Mead, Freud, Mannheim and classical feminist thought. This part conveys the classical tradition as a living resource in social theory, it demonstrates not only the critical significance of classical writings, but their continuing relevance. The second part moves on t

Readings in contemporary rhetoric

Author: Karen A. Foss,Sonja K. Foss,Robert Trapp
Publisher: Waveland Pr Inc
ISBN: 9781577662068
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 400
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Sociological Theory

Author: George Ritzer
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Humanities, Social Sciences & World Languages
ISBN: 9780072296051
Category: Sociologie
Page: 769
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This text provides an overview of the major classical theorists, contemporary schools of sociological thought, and spans the history of sociological theory from its inception to the present. This edition has been updated and revised to include a number of sections on new developments in the field, such as theories of consumption and the new means of consumption, multiculturism, and criticisms and applications of postmodernism and post-post modernism.

Max Weber and Contemporary Capitalism

Author: N. Gane
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 1137271183
Category: Social Science
Page: 153
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This book explores the uses and limits of Max Weber's work for thinking sociologically about capitalism today. The books argues that through Weber, a network of concepts can be developed that can frame a sociological analysis of the present.


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Publisher: N.A
Category: Curriculum planning
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Risk and Sociocultural Theory

New Directions and Perspectives
Author: Deborah Lupton
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521645546
Category: Social Science
Page: 191
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This 1999 book presents a variety of exciting perspectives on the perception of risk and the strategies that people adopt to cope with it. Using the framework of recent social and cultural theory, it reflects the fact that risk has become integral to contemporary understandings of selfhood, the body and social relations, and is central to the work of writers such as Douglas, Beck, Giddens and the Foucauldian theorists. The contributors are all leading scholars in the fields of sociology, cultural and media studies and cultural anthropology. Combining empirical analyses with metatheoretical critiques, they tackle an unusually diverse range of topics including drug use, risk in the workplace, fear of crime and the media, risk and pregnant embodiment, the social construction of danger in childhood, anxieties about national identity, the governmental uses of risk and the relationship between risk phenomena and social order.

The Unacceptable

Author: J. Potts,J. Scannell
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 1137014571
Category: Social Science
Page: 234
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Confronting the issue of the unacceptable as a social category, this collection of international essays provides distinctive perspectives on the theme of what is deemed socially acceptable. The book reveals the ways category of the unacceptable reflects sexual, racial and political fault-lines of a society.

Michel Foucault's Archaeology of Scientific Reason

Science and the History of Reason
Author: Gary Gutting
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521366984
Category: Philosophy
Page: 306
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This is an important introduction to and critical interpretation of the work of the major French thinker, Michel Foucault. Through comprehensive and detailed analyses of such important texts as The History of Madness in the Age of Reason, The Birth of the Clinic, The Order of Things, and The Archaeology of Knowledge, the author provides a lucid exposition of Foucault's "archaeological" approach to the history of thought, a method for uncovering the "unconscious" structures that set boundaries on the thinking of a given epoch. The book casts Foucault in a new light, relating his work to Gaston Bachelard's philosophy of science and Georges Canguilhem's history of science. This perspective yields a new and valuable understanding of Foucault as a historian and philosopher of science, balancing and complementing the more common view of him as primarily a social critic and theorist.


Power and Rule in Modern Society
Author: Mitchell Dean
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 1847873839
Category: Political Science
Page: 294
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Originally published in 1999 this exceptionally clear and lucid book quickly became the standard overview of what are now called ‘governmentality studies’. In this timely Second Edition, Mitchell Dean engages with the full textual basis of Foucault’s lecturers and once again provides invaluable insights into the traditions, methods, and theories of political power identifying the authoritarian as well as liberal sides of governmentality.

The Critical Turn in Tourism Studies

Author: Irena Ateljevic,Annette Pritchard,Nigel Morgan
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1136358595
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 428
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New approaches to tourism study demonstrate a notable ‘critical turn’ – a shift in thought that emphasises interpretative and critical modes of tourism inquiry. The chapters in this volume reflect this emerging critical school of tourism studies and represent a coordinated effort of tourism scholars whose work engages innovative research methodologies. Since such work has been dispersed across a variety of tourism-related and other research fields, this book responds to a pressing need to consolidate recent advances in a single text. Adopting a broad definition of ‘criticality’, the contributors seek to find ‘fresh’ ways of theorising tourism by locating the phenomenon in its wider political, economic, cultural and social contexts. The collection addresses the power relations underpinning the production of academic knowledge; presents a range of qualitative data collection methods which confront the field’s dominant (post)positivist approaches; foregrounds the emotional dynamics of research relations and explores the personal, the political and the situated nature of research journeys. The book has been divided into two parts, with the essays in the first part establishing a context-specific framework for engaging philosophical and theoretical debates in contemporary tourism enquiry. The second set of essays then present, discuss and critique specific methodologies, research techniques, methods of interpretation and writing strategies, all of which are in some sense illustrative of ‘critical’ tourism research. Contributors range from postgraduate students to established academics and are drawn from both the geopolitical margins and the ‘powerbases’ of the tourism academy. Their various relationships with the English-speaking academy thus range from relative ‘outsider’ to well-positioned ‘insider’ and as a result, their essays are reflective of a range of locations within the complexly spun web of academic power relations and social divisions.

The Politics of Consumption

Material Culture and Citizenship in Europe and America
Author: Martin Daunton,Matthew Hilton
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
ISBN: 9781859734667
Category: Political Science
Page: 320
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Objects and commodities have frequently been studied to assess their position within consumer - or material - culture, but all too rarely have scholars examined the politics that lie behind that culture. This book fills the gap and explores the political and state structures that have shaped the consumer and the nature of his or her consumption. From medieval sumptuary laws to recent debates in governments about consumer protection, consumption has always been seen as a highly political act that must be regulated, directed or organized according to the political agendas of various groups. An internationally renowned group of experts looks at the emergence of the rational consuming individual in modern economic thought, the moral and ideological values consumers have attached to their relationships with commodities, and how the practices and theories of consumer citizenship have developed alongside and within the expanding state. How does consumer identity become available to people and how do they use it? How is consumption negotiated in a dictatorship? Are material politics about state politics, consumer politics, or the relationship between these and consumer practices? From the specifics of the politics of consumption in the French Revolution - what was the status of rum? How complicated did a vinegar recipe have to be before the resultant product qualified as 'luxury'? - to the highly contentious twentieth-century debates over American political economy, this original book traces the relationships among political cultures, consumers and citizenship from the eighteenth century to the present.