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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.

Jean Baudrillard: Terror, Death, Exchange
Jean Baudrillard: Terror, Death, Exchange
Part 1: The Social Relations of Life and Death

For the purpose of the particular analyses, previous chapters of this book discussed the respective sociologist’s conception of contemporary social conditions before proceeding to discuss their investigations of the problem of life in those conditions. Jean Baudrillard’s œuvre does not render these analytical steps easily separable. His considerations of the social world are too closely intertwined with his considerations of life and, especially, death. Whilst from Baudrillard’s perspective life and death are never not matters of social relations, his most penetrating and striking inquiry into social relations engages throughout with the social relations of life and death. Of central importance to his critical examination of contemporary social ...

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