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.

Zygmunt Bauman

Zygmunt Bauman

Zygmunt Bauman

Biographical Details and Theoretical Context

The task of providing a profile of a major social theorist is always challenging, but it is even more daunting when the work is still in process, when it manages to remain analytically sensitive and acutely responsive to a diverse range of complex local and global processes of transformation to which contemporary social life and human experience continues, inevitably under modern conditions, to be subject. The works of Zygmunt Bauman are wide-ranging and include meta-theoretical texts that address important issues central to the practice of social science, and sociology in particular, as well as a series of significant studies that lay bare the complex anatomy of late modern social existence, studies which attempt to provide us with a ...

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