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.
Biographical Details and Theoretical Context
Born in Vienna in 1929, Peter Ludwig Berger has lived in the United States since 1946. After completing his BA in philosophy at Wagner College, he went on to take his MA and PhD in sociology at the New School for Social Research. From 1954 to 1955 he was a lecturer at the University of Georgia. He was an associate professor in 1963 and then Professor of Sociology in 1966 in the Graduate Faculty of the New School for Social Research. An editor of the quarterly Social Research and president of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, he is University Professor and Director of the Institute for the Study of Economic Culture at Boston University.