`This book contributes to the growing debates about social theory and its role through a discussion of the ways in which gender and race contributed to the exclusion of important thinkers from the sociological canon' - John Hughes, Lancaster University Who makes up the `canon' of sociology - and who doesn't? And does sociology need a canon in the first place? Beyond Social Theory offers an innovative and passionate contribution to current debates on the history and development of sociology and the exclusion of theorists - who are female, black, or both - from the mainstream of social theorizing. With compelling biographical sketches bringing the dynamics behind the `canon' to life, Kate Reed focuses sharp analysis on the exclusion of theorists on race and gender from important debates on inequality. An important contribution to the debate on non-exclusionary theory, this book critically examines existing accounts of the history of the discipline, situating the development of social theory within a wider social and political context.

Postmodernism and Social Theory

Postmodernism and social theory

In the preceding chapters, I focused on sociological theory in the mid-twentieth century. I also explored the subsequent crises within sociology that led to significant changes in sociological theory, looking again at sociological insiders and gendered and racial outsiders. In this chapter, I want to move on to look at contemporary social theory. Many argue that trends towards postmodernism from the 1970s onwards have led to a deconstruction of the sociological canon. The deconstruction of the discipline has meant an emphasis on interdisciplinarity and a shift in focus for sociology from traditional forms of inequality to an emphasis on difference and diversity. According to Mouzelis (1991), such a shift can be seen in the movement away from sociological ...

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