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
Luce Irigaray was born in Belgium in 1930 and emigrated to Paris in the early 1960s. During her time in Belgium, she gained a Masters degree in philosophy and literature from the University of Lou vain (1955) and worked as a high school teacher (1956–9). Subsequently, she took up the post of assistant researcher at the Fondation Nationale de la Recherche Scientifique where she worked until she left for France. Once in Paris, Irigaray completed a further Masters degree in psychology (1961) and also gained a Diploma in Psychopathology from the Institut de Psychologie de Paris (1962). Her first doctoral thesis in linguistics, entitled ‘The Language of the Demented’, was completed at the University of Paris X at ...