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




The concept of ‘restructuring’ has become widely used in the last two decades by a variety of writers and academic disciplines as a means of characterizing the nature and impact of economic changes. An important expression of this has been its use in Marxist writings, where ‘in the last few years, the focus of attention … has shifted from the issue of capitalist crisis to the question of the restructuring of capitalism’ (Bonefeld and Holloway, 1991: 1). Restructuring is a central term in Marxist (and post-Marxist) writing on capitalism today. None the less, the notion of restructuring has spread beyond these confines to become a template for a much more varied set of analyses of contemporary developments. Yet while restructuring has been widely invoked ...

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