Late Modernity and Social Change
Reconstructing Social and Personal Life
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Late Modernity and Social Change by Brian Heaphy
Book DescriptionSometimes social theory can seem dry and intimidating - as if it is something completely apart from everyday life. But in this incisive new text, Brian Heaphy show exactly how the arguments of the great contemporary theorists play out against extended examples from real life. Introducing the ideas of founding social thinkers including Marx, Durkheim, Weber, Simmel and Freud, and the work of key contemporary theorists, among them Lacan, Foucault, Lyotrad, Baudrillard, Bauman, Giddens and Beck, the book begins by examining the merits of the 'late modernity' thesis against those of the proponents of 'post-modernity'. The authors show the wide swoop of influence of 'post-modern' thought and how it has changed the way even its opponents think. It also discusses feminist, queer and post-colonial ideas about studying modern and post-modern experience. With examples from personal life (including self and identity, relational and intimate life, death, dying and life-politics) to bring theory to life, this clear and concise new text on contemporary social theory and social change is ideal for students of sociology, cultural studies and social theory.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780415281775
(234mm x 156mm x 11mm)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 30-Aug-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Late Modernity and Social Change, Hardback (January 2006)
Sometimes social theory can seem dry and intimidating - as if it is something completely apart from everyday life. This work introduces the work of Giddens, Bauman, Foucault and Baudrillard to show exactly how the arguments of the great contemporary theorists play out against extended examples from real life.
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Author Biography - Brian Heaphy
Brian Heaphy is Lecturer in Sociology at Manchester University. His sociological interests include theories of social and cultural change and changing patterns of personal life.
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