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Key Concepts in Critical Social Theory

Key Concepts in Critical Social Theory

First Edition

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Social Theory

December 2004 | 352 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
"Clear and accessible, Key Concepts in Critical Social Theory makes difficult ideas available to an undergraduate audience". 
Larry Ray, Professor of Sociology, University of Kent

The SAGE Key Concepts series provides students with accessible and authoritative knowledge of the essential topics in a variety of disciplines. Cross-referenced throughout, the format encourages critical evaluation through understanding. Written by experienced and respected academics, the books are indispensable study aids and guides to comprehension.

Key Concepts in Critical Social Theory:

  • Provides brief accounts of the central ideas behind the key concepts
  • Prepares students to tackle primary texts, giving them a point of reference when they find themselves stuck
  • Discusses each concept in an introductory way
  • Offers further reading guidance for independent learning.

This is an essential companion for reading for students across the social sciences who are exploring critical theory for the first time.

Capital (in the work of Pierre Bourdieu)
Colonization of the Lifeworld
Cycles of Contention
Discourse Ethics
Epistemological Break
Hexis/Body Techniques
Humanism and Anti-Humanism
I and Me
Id, Ego and Superego
Ideal Speech Situation
Identity (personal, social, collective and 'the politics of')
Imaginary, Symbolic and Real
Knowledge Constitutive Interests
Mirror Stage and the Ego
New Social Movements
Public Sphere
Racism(s) and Ethnicity
Recognition (desire and struggle for)
Relationalsim (versus Substantialism)
Repertoires of Contention
Repression (Psychoanalysis)
Sex/Gender Distinction
Social Capital
Social Class
Social Constructions/Constructionism
Social Movements
Social Space I (Bourdieu)
Social Space II (Networks)
Symbolic Power/Symbolic Violence
System and Lifeworld
Unconscious (The)

"Each entry is written with keen insight and clarity, often locating concepts in relation to one another and to their origins in classical philosophy. The bottom line: Crossley's book offers valuable discussions that make it extremely useful for anyone interested in social theory. . . . Highly recommended."

P. Kivisto
Augustana College

"Nick Crossley's Key Concepts in Critical Social Theory is a useful reference tool for undergraduates of all majors trying to navigate the complexities of sociological theory. Key Concepts may also be useful for graduate students reviewing sociology basics for early graduate courses and later when preparing for comprehensive exams in sociological theory."

Emily Kearns
Emerson College

An accessible and easy to digest text for undergraduate students which provides a one-stop-shop for key concepts in sociology and social policy.

Dr John Hayton
Sport Development, Liverpool John Moores University
April 27, 2014

Absolutely brilliant. Will advise for purchase ASAP

Dr James Howley
Expressive arts and media, North East Worcestershire College
January 18, 2012

One of those texts which students rely on for a quick overview of key theories

Dr Caroline Lohmann-Hancock
ESSI, Trinity College Carmarthen
January 21, 2010

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