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Modern Social Theory, Paperback 2005

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Modern Social Theory: An Introduction by Austin Harrington (Oxford University Press, Paperback, 2005)


This book provides a comprehensive introduction to the core topics, theories and debates in modern social theory. Fourteen chapters have been written by leading specialists in the field, providing up-to-date guidance on the full sweep of the modern sociological imagination, from the legacies of the classical figures of Marx, Durkheim, Weber, Simmel and Parsons to the work of cutting-edge contemporary theorists. Separate chapters discuss functionalism and its critics, interpretive and interactionist theory, historical social theory, western Marxism, psychoanalytic social theory, structuralism and post-structuralism, structure and agency theory, feminist social theory, postmodernism and its critics, and theories about globalization. All chapters are supplied with questions for discussion, study boxes, guidance on further reading and useful website addresses. It is ideal for students of sociology and cultural studies pursuing foundational courses in the history and theory of social analysis, and is also accessible for the general reader.

Author Biography

Austin Harrington is Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Leeds. He has published three books: Art and Social Theory: Sociological Arguments in Aesthetics, Polity Press, 2004; Hermeneutic Dialogue and Social Science: A Critique of Gadamer and Habermas, Routledge, 2001 and The Protestant Ethic Debate: Max Weber’s Replies to his Critics, 1907-1910, Liverpool University Press, 2001, edited with D. Chalcraft.


  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Date of Publication: 23/12/2004
  • Language: English
  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN-10: 0199255709
  • ISBN-13: 9780199255702
  • Subject: Philosophy
  • Place of Publication: Oxford
  • Country of Publication: United Kingdom
  • Imprint: Oxford University Press
  • Content: Note numerous text boxes
  • Dimensions:
    • Weight 781 g
    • Width 190 mm
    • Height 247 mm
    • Spine 20 mm
  • Credits Edited by: Austin Harrington

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