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Social Life
Contemporary Social Theory



May 2019 | 184 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

In Social Life, the authors highlight, explain, and scrutinize socio-theoretical analyses of contemporary social relations and conditions - put forward by eight modern social theorists - and analyse how these have informed sociological inquiries into people’s lives in today’s social world.

The book discusses the works of the following social theorists:

  • Anthony Giddens
  • Pierre Bourdieu
  • Bruno Latour
  • Donna Haraway
  • Zygmunt Bauman
  • Jean-Francois Lyotard
  • Michel Foucault
  • Jean Baudrillard

In each chapter, the authors identify the key components of each theorist’s conception of society and apply the theories outlined to specific, modern phenomena. This connection with modern-day phenomena allows for a critical interrogation of issues in contemporary society, including: Inequality and Capital, Power, Fear and Terrorism, Immune System Discourse, Suffering, and Climate Change.

Essential reading for all sociology students studying social theory and the works of modern social theorists.

 
Anthony Giddens: Living with Radical Modernity
 
Pierre Bourdieu: Capital and Forms of Social Suffering
 
Bruno Latour: Rethinking Modern Social Life
 
Donna Haraway: New Modes of Sociality
 
Zygmunt Bauman: Liquid Social Life
 
Jean-François Lyotard: Living in Postmodernity
 
Michel Foucault: Power over Life
 
Jean Baudrillard: Terror, Death, Exchange
 
Emerging Sociological Themes and Concerns
 
Conclusion

Benzer and Reed grab their favourite things from their favourite theorists and assemble those closely examined nuggets into their own caleidoscopic-fragmentary theory of contemporary society. Avoiding the fetish of comprehensiveness that ruins most textbooks, they have produced a tool that students will actually find useful for studying.

Dr Marcel Stoetzler, Senior Lecturer in Sociology, Bangor University

Marcel Stoetzler
Bangor University

This collection of essays on social theorists is highly readable and complex ideas are presented clearly. These are excellent discussions based on close engagement with the original texts that will be a valuable sources for both students and academics.

Larry Ray, Professor of Sociology, University of Kent

Larry Ray
University of Kent

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