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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.

Donna Haraway: New Modes of Sociality
Donna Haraway: New Modes of Sociality
Part 1: Cyborgs and Partial Perspectives

One of the distinguishing features of Donna Haraway’s social theory is the emphasis she places on the role of non-human actants and agents, namely animals and technology. When social theorists talk about the social, what they often really mean, Haraway argues, is the study of social relations and history. Haraway develops the concept of the cyborg in order to displace the social from its ‘exclusive location in human doings’ (Gane and Haraway 2006: 142). She states that she is ‘serious about the temporalities, scales, materialities, relationalities between people and our constitutive partners, which always include other people and other critters, animal and not, in doing worlds’ (Gane and ...

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