Social Theory in the Real World is concerned with illustrating the practical benefits of social theory. Many students find it hard to relate the real insights provided by social theory to their real life experiences, and many lecturers struggle to demonstrate the relevance of social theory to everyday life. This book offers an accessible, non-patronizing solution to the problem, demonstrating that social theory need not be remote and obscure, but if used in imaginative ways, it can be indispensable in challenging our common sense perceptions and understandings. The book identifies the key themes of contemporary social theory: mass society, postindustrialism, consumerism, postmodernism, McDonaldization, risk and globa

A Post-Industrial Society?

A post-industrial society?

Of all the social theories under discussion during the course of this book, and along with and as part of debates surrounding postmodernism, post-industrial society is arguably the most disputed. Despite widespread condemnation of its detailed underpinnings, in many respects it also remains one of the most influential of those theories. The emergence of a post-industrial society has fascinated social theorists in recent decades. The theorist par excellence of post-industrial society, as Frankel (1987) notes, is undoubtedly Daniel Bell. The sheer ambition and apparent comprehensiveness of Daniel Bell's liberal right-wing vision of a society undergoing massive social and economic change is indeed breathtaking, but what is of more interest here is that despite the overwhelming condemnation of Bell's ideas (which ...

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