This comprehensive book provides an indispensable introduction to the most significant figures in contemporary social theory. Grounded strongly in the European tradition, the profiles include Michel Foucault, J[um]urgen Habermas, Roland Barthes, Jean Baudrillard, Pierre Bourdieu, Zygmunt Bauman, Martin Heidegger, Frederic Jameson, Richard Rorty, Nancy Chodorow, Anthony Giddens, Stuart Hall, Luce Irigaray and Donna Haraway. In guiding students through the key figures in an accessible and authoritative fashion, the book provides detailed accounts of the development of the work of major social theorists and charts the relationship between different traditions of social, cultural and political thought.
Profiles in Contemporary Social Theory provides a comprehensive guide to the leading intellectuals and theorists in social theory today. The volume comprises critical discussion of a variety of thinkers that have dominated social and political debate in recent decades. In disciplinary sweep, these figures include sociologists, historians, philosophers, psychoanalysts, and political theorists. Yet the contributions of these individual figures to contemporary social theory consistently illuminate the dangers to knowledge and freedom of limiting reflection on society and the social to any particular discipline. The leading figures in contemporary intellectual life – Jürgen Habermas, Jacques Derrida, Julia Kristeva, Fredric Jameson, Richard Rorty, Luce Irigaray, and Michel Foucault – propose interdisciplinary studies on the self, society, and history.
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