Social Theory

A New Introduction

Authors: Murphy, Mark

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  • Covers both classic and contemporary theory
  • Thematic in structure, which helps readers grasp the significance of the issues theorists address and how they reflect current social challenges
  • Pedagogically-rich: features are distributed throughout to help readers navigate their way through the range of issues and ideas being discussed
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About this Textbook

This textbook delivers a new thematic introduction to social theory that explores theoretical issues in their contemporary social contexts. Each chapter is devoted to a specific thematic area, including the state, governance, the economy, civil society, culture, language, knowledge, the self, emotions, the body, and social justice. Each chapter details the key issues for debate and the relevant theories while linking those debates and theories to everyday life. Distributed throughout the chapters are focused sections on key concepts and their research applications, alongside helpful additional detail including a glossary, further suggested readings, chapter summaries, and questions for discussion. The book also provides useful information on key theoretical movements such as feminism, Marxism, and post-structuralism, as well as biographies of key theorists. As such, it reflects the breadth of social theory and its interdisciplinary nature by drawing on thinkers not just from sociology, but also from philosophy, history, literature, geography, cultural and gender studies.

The book’s logical structure and clear pedagogical features make it an appealing and accessible introductory text for students new to social theory. The chapters demonstrate the relevance of social theory to everyday life, such that readers can understand and actively engage with key concepts.

About the authors

Mark Murphy is Reader in Education & Public Policy at the School of Education, University of Glasgow, UK. His published work includes two books on social theory and education.

Table of contents (13 chapters)

Table of contents (13 chapters)

Buy this book

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Softcover $69.99
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Social Theory
Book Subtitle
A New Introduction
Authors
Copyright
2021
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-78324-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-78324-2
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-78323-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 314
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