Social theory in a changing world : conceptions of modernity

Gerard Delanty

This book provides a critical assessment of contemporary social theory for students in the social sciences. Delanty examines the writings of a number of key contemporary thinkers, including Habermas, Foucault, Bauman, Touraine, Giddens and Beck, and provides a clear account of the strengths and limitations of their work.

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  • Acknowledgements. Introduction. The central Conflict of Modernity. Knowledge and Culture. Towards a Cognitive Approach. . 1. Defining Modernity: The Quest for Autonomy. Introduction. Modernitya s Three Logics of Development. Integration and Differentiation. Conclusion: The Time--Consciousness of Modernity. 2. The Limits of Modernity: From Autonomy to Fragmentation. Introduction. Rethinking Modernity. Autonomy versus Fragmentation: The Loss of Unity. Beyond the Classical Tradition: Contemporary Theories of the Social. Conclusion: Towards a New Time--Consciousness. 3. Discourse and Democracy: Habermasa s Theory of Modernity. . Introduction. The Problem of Democracy. The Formation of Habermasa s Social Theory. Rescuing Discourse: The Mediation of Democracy and Law. Discursive Democracy in the Global Public Sphere. The Question of Culture and Identity. Conclusion: Culture and Discourse. 4. Creativity and the Rise of Social Postmodernism: Foucault, Lyotard and Bauman. . Introduction. From Deconstructionism to Constructivism. Bauman: Ethics and Postmodernity. Conclusion: Beyond Postmodernism. 5. The Return of Agency: Touraine and Melucci. Introduction. Touraine: From Historicity to the End of the Social. Melucci: Culture, Identity and Change. Conclusion: Reflexivity and Democracy. 6. Reflexive Modernization: Beck and Giddens. . Introduction. Beck and the Risk Society. Giddens: Modernity, Reflexivity and Trust. Assessing Reflexive Modernization: The Question of Culture. Conclusion: Reflexivity and Discourse. Conclusion: Knowledge, Democracy and Discursive Institutionalization. Notes. Bibliography. Index.

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書名 Social theory in a changing world : conceptions of modernity
著作者等 Delanty, Gerard
出版元 Polity Press
刊行年月 1999
ページ数 vi, 211 p.
大きさ 23 cm
ISBN 0745619185
NCID BA41873231
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言語 英語
出版国 イギリス