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Teaching Yourself Social Theory

Teaching Yourself Social Theory

First Edition

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Social Theory

December 2002 | 256 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
`Social theory is a very difficult subject to teach and it is one that students generally find hard to get to grips with. Teaching Yourself Social Theory offers a highly original and comprehensive resource that will be welcomed by students and teachers alike' - Barry Smart, University of Portsmouth

`I have no hesitation in recommending Harris' text to students and teachers of social theory' - Sociology

This refreshing and accessible text demonstrates how social theory can be made into an intelligible discourse that touches upon key aspects of everyday life. The abstraction and formalism of much contemporary social theory is criticized as unnecessarily `scholastic' for the beginner. The author maintains that the main problems in studying the subject are not intrinsic to social theory, but derive from how the subject is taught as a university discipline. This lively book uses non-specialist terms to introduce more complex themes, and incorporates a Website with questions and reading guides to some of the classic works.

Economic Constraints
Marxism and the Mode of Production

Moral Constraints

The Emergent Qualities of Social Life
Weber and Elias

Theorizing Subjective Action
Weber, Class and the Politics of Closure
The Turn to Gramsci
Critical Theory, Positivism and Critique
The Politics of Otherness
Politics in the `Everyday'
Language Games and Linguistic Turns
Hitting the `Posts'

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