Social Science

Capitalism and Modernity

An Excursus on Marx and Weber

Author: Derek Sayer

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134979126

Category: Social Science

Page: 184

View: 8548

First Published in 2004. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.
Social Science

Max Weber and Karl Marx

Author: Karl Lowith

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134869991

Category: Social Science

Page: 144

View: 8647

First Published in 2004. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.
Social Science

Technology and Social Theory

Author: Steve Matthewman

Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education

ISBN: 0230343953

Category: Social Science

Page: 224

View: 7655

From the everyday and unnoticed to the newsworthy and cutting edge, technology is undoubtedly a fundamental element of our daily lives. While saving us time and effort, it can also shape our environment, mediate our relationships, and simultaneously solve problems and create new ones. In studying technology we gain an insight into how society is constructed, maintained and transformed. Unravelling and explaining the complex connections between technology and the social contexts in which it is used, Technology and Social Theory guides the reader through 150 years of thinking in this ever evolving field. The chapters critically evaluate a broad range of theorists, from Marx to Foucault, Orwell to Elias, alongside empirical examples which show theory in action. The significance of technology is assessed within both public spheres and intimate spaces, shedding light on its integral role in society. Showing how theory maps the way for further research, and in turn how new advances in research can inform theory, this book is invaluable reading for students and researchers in Sociology, Social theory, Science and Technology Studies and the Media.
Social Science

Going Down for Air

A Memoir in Search of a Subject

Author: Derek Sayer,Charles C. Lemert

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317258711

Category: Social Science

Page: 216

View: 3090

What is hidden in the taste of a madeleine - or in snatches of Bob Dylan songs, operatic arias, and the remembered sting of a rattan cane? An exploration of memory, Going Down for Air artfully combines two very different yet connected texts. A Memoir is richly evocative not only of times past, but also of a very English, imperial, queerly masculine subjectivity, caught on the cusp of the extinction of the world in and of which it made sense. Derek Sayer's allusive writing succeeds as few have done before in capturing the leaps and bounds of memory itself. Rich in its detail, unstinting in its honesty, this beautifully written memoir is a considerable literary achievement. The memoir is complemented by Sayer's provocative theoretical essay on memory and social identity. Drawing on linguistic and psychoanalytic theory, photographic images, and literary texts, In Search of a Subject argues that it is memory above all that maintains the imagined identities upon which society rests. Going Down for Air is a bold and strikingly successful literary and sociological experiment, which makes a major contribution to understanding how our memories work - and gives them social meaning far beyond

The Coasts of Bohemia

A Czech History

Author: Derek Sayer

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9780691050522

Category: History

Page: 442

View: 1702

A cultural history of the Czech people, examining the significance of the small central European nation's artistic, literary, and political developments from its origins through approximately 1960.
Social Science

Reading Weber

Author: Keith Tribe

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9780415028905

Category: Social Science

Page: 225

View: 3905

Social Science

Simmel and Since (Routledge Revivals)

Essays on Georg Simmel's Social Theory

Author: David Frisby

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136838465

Category: Social Science

Page: 222

View: 4790

Originally published in 1992, this book, written by one of the world's leading experts on Simmel, provides a fascinating set of insights into a thinker who is fast becoming recognized as the sociologist of modernity; an indispensible resource in confronting post-modernity. It examines the relevance of his work in relation to contemporary debates on culture, aesthetics and modernity.
Social Science

Knowledge and Politics (RLE Social Theory)

The Sociology of Knowledge Dispute

Author: Volker Meja,Nico Stehr

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317651626

Category: Social Science

Page: 328

View: 7273

Karl Mannheim’s Ideology and Utopia has been a profoundly provocative book. The debate about politics and social knowledge that was spawned by its original publication in 1929 attracted the most promising younger scholars, some of whom shaped the thought of several generations. The book became a focus for a debate on the methodological and epistemological problems confronting German social science. More than thirty major papers were published in response to Mannheim’s text. Writers such as Hannah Arendt, Ernst Robert Curtius, Max Horkheimer, Herbert Marcuse, Helmuth Plessner, Hans Speier and Paul Tillich were among the contributors. Their positions varied from seeing in the sociology of knowledge a sophisticated reformulation of the materialist conception of history to linking its popularity to a betrayal of Marxism. The English publication in 1936 defined formative issues for two generations of sociological self-reflection. Knowledge and Politics provides an introduction to the dispute and reproduces the leading contributions. It sheds new light on one of the greatest controversies that have marked German social science in the past hundred years.
Social Science

Natural Women, Cultured Men

A Feminist Perspective on Sociological Theory

Author: R. A. Sydie

Publisher: UBC Press

ISBN: 9780774804912

Category: Social Science

Page: 268

View: 4451

This book examines the work of the classical social theorists --Durkheim, Weber, Marx, Engels and Freud -- from a feminist perspective.The focus is on the theoretical approach adopted by each theorist inhis examination of the nature of human nature and, more specifically,the nature of sex relationships. In general, the dichotomized,hierarchical view of sex relationships common to each of the theoristsforms the framework for the discussions and critiques.
Business & Economics

Critical Education Against Global Capitalism

Karl Marx and Revolutionary Critical Education

Author: Paula Allman

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780897897433

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 275

View: 5553

Analyzes contemporary global capitalism, and discusses why critical educators need to challenge it.
Social Science

For Weber

Essays on the Sociology of Fate

Author: Bryan S Turner

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 9780803976344

Category: Social Science

Page: 408

View: 937

For Weber is recognized widely as one of the most incisive and stimulating books on Weber in the post-war period. Writing in defence of Weber's sociology against the criticism of academic sociology by Marxists such as Louis Althusser, Bryan Turner, a leading Weberian scholar, rejects the view that Weber's sociology is bourgeois, subjectivist and individualistic. This Second Edition, now available in paperback, includes a new Preface which reviews the scholarship on Weber since 1981. The book also provides a survey of the strengths and weaknesses of the major sociological approaches in the post-war period.
Business & Economics

The Theory of Business Enterprise

Author: Thorstein Veblen

Publisher: Transaction Publishers


Category: Business & Economics

Page: 400

View: 5182

Veblen has been claimed and rejected both by sociologists and economists as being one of theirs. He enriched and attacked both disciplines, as he did so many others: philosophy, history, social psychology, politics, and linguistics. Because he took all knowledge as necessary and relevant to adequate understanding, Veblen was a holistic analyst of the social process. First published in 1904, this classic analysis of the U.S. economy has enduring value today. In it, Veblen posited a theory of business fluctuations and economic growth which included chronic depression and inflation. He predicted the socioeconomic changes that would occur as a result: militarism, imperialism, fascism, consumerism, and the development of the mass media as well as the corporate bureaucracy. Douglas Dowd's introduction places the volume within the traditions of both macroeconomics and microeconomics, tracing Veblen's place among social thinkers, and the place of this volume in the body of his work.
Social Science

Resisting McDonaldization

Author: Barry Smart

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 9780761955184

Category: Social Science

Page: 261

View: 4988

George Ritzer's McDonaldization thesis argued that contemporary life is succumbing to the standardization, flexibility and practicability of fast-food service. This book brings together specially commissioned papers by leading social and cultural analysts to engage in a critical appraisal of the thesis. The contributors discuss the roots of the thesis, the rationalization of late modern life, the effects of increasing cultural commodification, the continuing prominence of American cultural and economic imperialism and the impact of globalization on social and cultural life. The strengths and weaknesses of the McDonaldization thesis are clearly evaluated and the irrational consequences of rationalization are pinpointed and critically

Prague, Capital of the Twentieth Century

A Surrealist History

Author: Derek Sayer

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 0691043809

Category: Architecture

Page: 595

View: 388

Asserts that Prague could well be seen as the capital of the 20th century, describing how the city has experienced (and suffered) more ways of being modern than perhaps any other metropolis.

Romanticism Against the Tide of Modernity

Author: Michael Löwy,Robert Sayre

Publisher: Duke University Press

ISBN: 082238129X

Category: History

Page: 326

View: 9323

Romanticism is a worldview that finds expression over a whole range of cultural fields—not only in literature and art but in philosophy, theology, political theory, and social movements. In Romanticism Against the Tide of Modernity Michael Löwy and Robert Sayre formulate a theory that defines romanticism as a cultural protest against modern bourgeois industrial civilization and work to reveal the unity that underlies the extraordinary diversity of romanticism from the eighteenth to the twenty-first century. After critiquing previous conceptions of romanticism and discussing its first European manifestations, Löwy and Sayre propose a typology of the sociopolitical positions held by romantic writers-from “restitutionist” to various revolutionary/utopian forms. In subsequent chapters, they give extended treatment to writers as diverse as Coleridge and Ruskin, Charles Peguy, Ernst Bloch and Christa Wolf. Among other topics, they discuss the complex relationship between Marxism and romanticism before closing with a reflection on more contemporary manifestations of romanticism (for example, surrealism, the events of May 1968, and the ecological movement) as well as its future. Students and scholars of literature, humanities, social sciences, and cultural studies will be interested in this elegant and thoroughly original book.
Social Science

Max Weber and Postmodern Theory

Rationalization versus Re-enchantment

Author: N. Gane

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 0230502512

Category: Social Science

Page: 194

View: 7148

This book explores the contemporary nature of Max Weber's work by looking in detail at his key concepts of rationalization and disenchantment. Thematic parallels are drawn between Weber's rationalization thesis and the critiques of contemporary culture developed by Jean-Francois Lyotard, Michel Foucault and Jean Baudrillard. It is suggested that these three 'postmoden' thinkers develop and respond to Weber's analysis of modernity by pursuing radical strategies of affirmation and re-enchantment. Examining the work of these three key thinkers in this way casts new light both on postmodern theory and on Weber's sociology of rationalization.
Political Science

The Crisis of Global Capitalism

Pope Benedict XVI's Social Encyclical and the Future of Political Economy

Author: Adrian Pabst

Publisher: Casemate Publishers

ISBN: 0227680162

Category: Political Science

Page: 289

View: 7742

The current economic crisis stems from a deeper crisis of cultural imagination and civilisational ethics: here is the starting point of this collection of essays which draw a new political economy facing the crisis of Western civilization. This book gathers together a range of audacious and provocative readings of Caritas in Veritate, the first papal encyclical that addresses issues immediately relevant for politic, economic, and social theory. These readings embody the kind of fruitful dialogue Pope Benedict XVI wanted to generate with his radical discourse for an alternative political economy.
Social Science

Max Weber: From History to Modernity

Author: Profesor Bryan S Turner

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134849559

Category: Social Science

Page: 284

View: 9278

This wide-ranging and assured book, written by one of the leading Weber scholars in the English-speaking world, shows us the many sides of Max Weber. The book provides an authoritative guide to the current burning issues in social theory, religion, rationalization, the body, modernization and capitalism. It will be essential reading for anyone interested in Weber's claim that the aim of sociology must be to explain what is distinctive about the times in which we live.
Social Science

Law and the Modern Mind

Author: Jerome Frank

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1351509551

Category: Social Science

Page: N.A

View: 4850

Law and the Modern Mind first appeared in 1930 when, in the words of Judge Charles E. Clark, it "fell like a bomb on the legal world." In the generations since, its influence has grown-today it is accepted as a classic of general jurisprudence.The work is a bold and persuasive attack on the delusion that the law is a bastion of predictable and logical action. Jerome Frank's controversial thesis is that the decisions made by judge and jury are determined to an enormous extent by powerful, concealed, and highly idiosyncratic psychological prejudices that these decision-makers bring to the courtroom.