In Social Life, the authors highlight, explain, and scrutinize socio-theoretical analyses of contemporary social relations and conditions - put forward by eight modern social theorists - and analyse how these have informed sociological inquiries into people’s lives in today’s social world. The book discusses the works of the following social theorists: • Anthony Giddens • Pierre Bourdieu • Bruno Latour • Donna Haraway • Zygmunt Bauman • Jean-Francois Lyotard • Michel Foucault • Jean Baudrillard In each chapter, the authors identify the key components of each theorist’s conception of society and apply the theories outlined to specific, modern phenomena. This connection with modern-day phenomena allows for a critical interrogation of issues in contemporary society, including: Inequality and Capital, Power, Fear and Terrorism, Immune System Discourse, Suffering, and Climate Change.

Bruno Latour: Rethinking Modern Social Life

Bruno Latour: Rethinking Modern Social Life

Bruno Latour: Rethinking Modern Social Life

Part 1: Beyond Modern Social Conditions

In We Have Never Been Modern Latour offers an alternative approach to the theorisation of modernity. Latour is not suggesting – as radical modernists or postmodernists do – that we are simply living in a radical or postmodern society. Rather he seeks to problematise the very idea that we have ever been modern (WHNBM). Latour also seeks to offer an alternative socio-theoretical view to the concept of the social in Reassembling the Social. Rather than seeking to use the word to develop social explanations, he focuses instead on networks and associations, including those involving both humans and non-humans (RAS). This chapter seeks to explore his analytical approach to ...

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