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.

Edward W. Said

Edward W. Said

Edward W. Said
Bryan S.Turner

The man who finds his homeland sweet is still a tender beginner.


Biographical Details and Theoretical Context

Edward W. Said is the Parr University Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. He was born in Jerusalem in 1935, but his family became refugees from Palestine in 1948. His early years have been recorded in his recent autobiography Out of Place (Said, 1999a). He grew up in Egypt (where he spent his youth in British schools), Lebanon, Jordan, and the United States. The theme of exile has remained a significant motif of both his literary and political theory. Broadly speaking, anybody who takes the calling of an intellectual life seriously cannot be at home in their home. He received his ...

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