Social Theory for Beginners
Distributed for Policy Press at the University of Bristol
Preface and acknowledgements
Introduction: Who is this book for and how do I use it?
1. What is social theory?
2. Where did social theory come from?
3. Émile Durkheim and the coming of industrial society
4. Karl Marx, capitalism and revolution
5. Max Weber, rational capitalism and social action
6. Talcott Parsons, functionalism and the social system
7. Social interactionism and the real lives of social actors
8. Western Marxism, Antonio Gramsci and the Frankfurt School
9. Language, structure, meaning
10. Discourse and power: post-structuralist social theory
11. Feminist social theory
12. Reviving theories of modernity: Habermas, Giddens and Bourdieu
13. Theories of modernity and post-modernity
14. Reflexive modernisation: the global dimension and cultural theory
15. The boundary problem in contemporary social theory