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.

Donna J. Haraway

Donna J. Haraway

Donna J. Haraway
Patricia TicinetoClough and JosephSchneider

Biographical Details and Theoretical Context

Since 1980 Donna J. Haraway has been a defining figure in the Program in the History of Consciousness at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Haraway's academic path to Santa Cruz and the ‘Hist Con’ programme, which she credits as having been an extraordinarily enabling and provocative place for her work, began in familiar disciplinary spaces at the small, liberal arts Colorado College not far from her home town of Denver, where she was born in 1944.

Haraway early on had begun to mix things that academic convention separates: she took a triple undergraduate major in zoology, philosophy, and English. After graduating in 1966, she spent the next year (and what a year it ...

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