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.
The conceptions of and arguments about social relations, contexts, and conditions explored in the preceding chapters, and the eight thinkers’ attempts to analyse present-day society that those conceptions and arguments support, have made decisive contributions and posed serious challenges to sociology’s project of understanding and critically scrutinising the contemporary social world. The foregoing studies have sought to highlight that each theorist’s conceptions of and inquiries into wider social conditions are also intertwined with their own endeavours to analyse how those conditions shape, are manifested or expressed in, and receive influence from more particular phenomena. Being aware of – indeed unsettled by – most of these phenomena per se does not hinge on prior exposure to sociological research. Many, such as non-satisfaction or fear, ...