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Social Theory Now

Edited by Claudio E. Benzecry, Monika Krause, and Isaac Ariail Reed

Social Theory Now

Edited by Claudio E. Benzecry, Monika Krause, and Isaac Ariail Reed

416 pages | 2 line drawings | 6 x 9 | © 2017
Paper $32.50 ISBN: 9780226475288 Will Publish August 2017
Cloth $97.50 ISBN: 9780226475141 Will Publish August 2017
E-book $32.50 ISBN: 9780226475318 Will Publish August 2017
The landscape of social theory has changed significantly over the three decades since the publication of Anthony Giddens and Jonathan Turner’s seminal Social Theory Today. Sociologists in the twenty-first century desperately need a new agenda centered around central questions of social theory. In Social Theory Now, Claudio E. Benzecry, Monika Krause, and Isaac Ariail Reed set a new course for sociologists, bringing together contributions from the most distinctive sociological traditions in an ambitious survey of where social theory is today and where it might be going.

The book provides a strategic window onto social theory based on current research, examining trends in classical traditions and the cutting edge of more recent approaches. From distinctive theoretical positions, contributors address questions about how social order is accomplished; the role of materiality, practice, and meaning; as well as the conditions for the knowledge of the social world. The theoretical traditions presented include cultural sociology; micro-sociologies; world-system theory and post-colonial theory; gender and feminism; actor network theory and network theory; systems theory; field theory; rational choice; post-structuralism; pragmatism and the sociology of conventions. Each chapter introduces a tradition and presents an agenda for further theoretical development. Social Theory Now is an essential tool for sociologists. It will be central to the discussion and teaching of contemporary social theory for years to come.
Contents
Introduction: Social Theory Now
Claudio E. Benzecry, Monika Krause, and Isaac Ariail Reed

1 On the Very Idea of Cultural Sociology
Isaac Ariail Reed

2 Varieties of Microsociology
Claudio E. Benzecry and Daniel Winchester

3 Globalizing Gender
Dorit Geva

4 World Capitalism, World Hegemony, World Empires
Ho-Fung Hung

5 Postcolonial Thought as Social Theory
Julian Go

6 On the Frontiers of Rational Choice
Ivan Ermakoff

7 Systems in Social Theory
Dirk Baecker

8 The Patterns in Between: “Field” as a Conceptual Variable
Monika Krause

9 Poststructuralism Today
Claire Laurier Decoteau

10 Networks and Network Theory: Possible Directions for Unification
Emily Erikson

11 Actor-Network Theory
Javier Lezaun

12 The Sociology of Conventions and Testing
Jörg Potthast

13 Norms and Mental Imagery
Neil Gross and Zachary Hyde

List of Contributors
Index
Review Quotes
Richard Swedberg, Cornell University
“The world needs good social theory now more than ever, and this book is a great beginning. The ideas and arguments are young and fresh, ready to be incorporated as well as further developed by readers from all over the world and with different interests. Social Theory Now is perfect for use in undergraduate courses in all of the social sciences—from sociology to economics.”
Gabriel Abend, New York University
“Benzecry, Krause, and Reed represent a new generation of social theorists who are ready to think things afresh. This generation isn’t parricidal, but it does have new preoccupations, tools, and sensibilities. Social Theory Now fruitfully rethinks the most important problems of social theory and shows why they should be important to us, now, in 2017. This is an agenda-setting book.”
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