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.

Juliet Mitchell

Juliet Mitchell

Juliet Mitchell

Biographical Details and Theoretical Context

Juliet Mitchell was born in Christchurch, New Zealand in 1940. In 1944 she left New Zealand on a wartime convoy of ships bound for England. She received a progressive, coeducational schooling at the King Alfred School in London. She was an undergraduate of St Anne's College, Oxford, from 1958–61 where she also began postgraduate studies. Mitchell began her teaching career as assistant lecturer in English at the University of Leeds (1962–3) and from 1965–71 she was full lecturer in the department of English at the University of Reading. It was whilst at Leeds that Juliet Mitchell began to work and write for New Left Review, the journal of the British New Left, becoming the only female member of ...

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