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Social theory is a core area in Sociology degrees. This book attempts to lead students through the key thinkers and key ideas. The organizational principle is to focus on theoretical writing which is relevant for understanding the contemporary world. So the book asks what continuing use do theories of the Enligthenment, classical German sociology, Marxism and phenomenology have for making sense of our social world.

Quotidian Turn: Henri Lefebvre
Quotidian turn: Henri lefebvre

Henri Lefebvre (1901–1991) bequeathed a rich, if largely ignored, sociological legacy in his sustained effort to theorise imperceptible, long-term changes in the banal forms of everyday life, or the quotidian (ordinary, daily, common), from the 1930s down to the late twentieth century. While some consider his 1947 Critique of Everyday Life (1991b) ‘an enduring classic of modern social thought’ and ‘the defining element in Lefebvre's social theory’, it has largely been neglected in English language social theory (Gardiner, 2000: 73; Butler, 2012: 107). The empirical grounding of his social theory was eclipsed by the reception in English-language ‘human geography’ of Lefebvre's (1991a) endlessly resourceful, though highly abstract theory of space, The Production of Space. This optic tends ...

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