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Understanding society : a survey of modern social theory

Author: Doug Mann
Publisher: Don Mills, Ont. ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"What does it take to understand society? Modern social theory provides a vast array of answers. Beginning in the 1920s, its development reflects the impact of two world wars and the tremendous social changes brought about by modern technology and communications, as well as the ongoing process of globalization. In Understanding Society, Douglas Mann charts not only the major streams of modern social thought but some  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
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Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Doug Mann
ISBN: 9780195421842 0195421841
OCLC Number: 86225950
Description: vii, 440 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 23 cm
Contents: An introduction to social theory --
Functionalism and its critics --
The debate over materialism --
Slamming society : critical theory and situationism --
Meaning in society : human agency and social explanation --
Society as symbols or constructs : symbolic interactionism and phenomenology --
Structuralism, semiotics, and post-structuralism --
Postmodernism : political economy and communications --
Postmodernism : time, space, and culture --
Feminism --
The global village --
Globalization, McDonaldization, and corporatism.
Responsibility: Douglas Mann.
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Aims to place 20th and 21st century theorists in a context that connects them to their classical roots. This book accounts for broad developments in social theory over several years; takes into  Read more...

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