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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.

Relational Turn: Norbert Elias and Pierre Bourdieu
Relational turn: Norbert elias and pierre bourdieu

Recently an attempt has been made to move beyond the perceived ‘crisis’ in sociology by making what has been called the ‘relational turn’ in social theory (Dunning and Hughes, 2013: 2; Emirbayer, 1997). This promises to overcome the abstract and static categories of philosophy and the common-sense reduction of social relations, process, and structures to individual physical things. Individuals appear to be substances that can be seen and touched, while social relations are intangible, making them rather difficult to nail down. It seems obvious that the individual and society ...

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