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This book is an indispensable resource for anyone interested in the roots, current debates and future development of social theory. It draws together a team of outstanding international scholars, and presents an authoritative and panoramic critical survey of the field. The volume is divided into three parts. The first part examines the classical tradition. Included here are critical discussions of Comte, Spencer, Marx, Durkheim, Weber, Simmel, Mead, Freud, Mannheim and classical feminist thought. This part conveys the classical tradition as a living resource in social theory, it demonstrates not only the critical significance of classical writings, but their continuing relevance. The second part moves on t
Chapter 8: The Emergence of the New: Mead's Theory and Its Contemporary Potential
The Emergence of the New: Mead's Theory and Its Contemporary Potential
In his contribution to a volume representing and celebrating ‘the revival of pragmatism’ in American social thought, law and culture, Alan Wolfe—one of the leading contemporary American sociologists—has pointed out that this revival has so far only slightly influenced the practice of the social sciences.1 Although he is quite willing to welcome a potential revival ‘for its insistence on the importance of human beings, its emphasis on indeterminacy, language, and skepticism’, he is also worried that it could prove counter-productive; for him, pragmatism has never been realistic in the sense of getting reality right, and thus its revival could become yet another version of ...