Understanding Contemporary Society: Theories of the Present is a comprehensive textbook to guide students through the complexities of social theory today. Over 30 chapters, written by an international team of contributors, demonstrate clearly the practical applications of social theory in making sense of the modern world. Students are both introduced to the most significant theories and guided through the major social developments which shape our lives. Key features of the book are: clearly structured and readable prose; bullet pointed summaries and annotated further reading for each topic; makes complex issues accessible to undergraduates; focuses on relevance and practicality; chapter lay-out which is ideal for t

New Thinking in International Relations Theory

New thinking in international relations theory

The standard account of international relations (IR) theory identifies two main traditions of thinking and one marginal or subversive tradition. The two main traditions carry a variety of labels but are most commonly known as liberalism (sometimes also referred to generically as idealism or more specifically as liberal internationalism or liberal insititutionalism) and realism (sometimes referred to generically as political realism with its more recent variant usually labelled neo-realism). The marginal/subversive tradition is that of Marxism (recent variants of which are often referred to as structuralism) (see Bayliss and Smith, 1997: 107–63). Like most generalized accounts the reduction of traditional IR theory to three fundamental perspectives is something of a caricature, but it provides ...

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