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.

Fredric Jameson

Fredric Jameson

Biographical Details and Theoretical Context

Fredric Jameson was born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1934. He completed his BA at Haverford College in 1954 and went on to complete an MA (1956) and PhD (1959) at Yale University. Jameson's doctoral thesis was subsequently published as Sartre: The Origins of a Style (1961). While undertaking his doctoral studies, Jameson was awarded a number of research fellowships and studied at the University of Aix-Marseille (1954–5) and the Universities of Munich and Berlin (1956–7). Jameson taught at Harvard University from 1959 to 1967, and moved to the University of California at San Diego in 1967 where he was appointed Professor of French in 1971. From 1976 to 1983 Jameson taught at Yale University and from 1983 to ...

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