In Key Concepts in Classical Social Theory individual entries introduce, explain and contextualize the key topics within classical social theory. Definitions, summaries and key words are developed throughout with careful cross-referencing, allowing students to move effortlessly between core ideas and themes. Each entry provides:• Clear definitions• Lucid accounts of key issues• Up-to-date suggestions for further reading• Informative cross-referencing Relevant, focused and accessible, this book will provide students with an indispensible guide to the central concepts of classical social theory.

Civil Society

Civil society

It may seem obvious that social theory is concerned with the concept of ‘society’. In fact, an interest in ‘society’ is not as central to contemporary social theory as might be expected (Frisby and Sayer, 1986; Outhwaite, 2006). This was not always the case. In earlier periods, social and political theorists ...

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