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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.

Emerging Sociological Themes and Concerns
Emerging Sociological Themes and Concerns

The preceding eight chapters have discussed a range of very different socio-theoretical œuvres. It would be difficult to ascertain conceptions, arguments, or elements of analyses common to all eight thinkers. By contrast, it is possible to recognise sociological themes and concerns – dealt with in various ways, of course – shared by some of the thinkers in focus. This is the case both in respect of their endeavours to examine and critically interrogate social relations, contexts, and conditions and in respect of their investigations of specific phenomena associated with living in the contemporary social world. On the basis of the foregoing discussions, some – not all – of these themes and concerns can be, if ...

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