Modern and Postmodern Social Theorizing
Bridging the Divide
By (author) Nicos P. Mouzelis
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Modern and Postmodern Social Theorizing by Nicos P. Mouzelis
Book DescriptionThere is a growing conflict between modern and postmodern social theorists. The latter reject modern approaches as economistic, essentialist and often leading to authoritarian policies. Modernists criticize postmodern approaches for their rejection of holistic conceptual frameworks which facilitate an overall picture of how social wholes (organizations, communities, nation-states, etc.) are constituted, reproduced and transformed. They believe the rejection of holistic methodologies leads to social myopia - a refusal to explore critically the type of broad problems that classical sociology deals with. This book attempts to bridge the divide between these two conflicting perspectives and proposes a novel holistic framework which is neither reductionist/economistic nor essentialist. Modern and Postmodern Social Theorizing will appeal to scholars and students of social theory and of social sciences in general.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521515856
(228mm x 152mm x 23mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 20-Nov-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Nicos P. Mouzelis
Modern and Postmodern Social Theorizing, Paperback (November 2008)
Examines the conflict between modern and postmodern theories in sociology and attempts to bridge the divide between them.
Sociological Theory: What Went Wrong?, Hardback (July 1995)
Written with precision and clarity, this is a compelling analysis of the central problems of sociological theory today and of the means to resolve them. Argues that we should build on ideas from the 50s and 60s, and not dismiss them.
Back to Sociological Theory, Paperback (December 1993)» View all books by Nicos P. Mouzelis
Argues against a marked tendency in present-day sociology to conflate philosophy and sociological theory. In trying to demonstrate the relative autonomy and specific logic of sociological theorizing, the book draws from a variety of theoretical traditions.
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Author Biography - Nicos P. Mouzelis
Nicos P. Mouzelis is Emeritus Professor of Sociology at the London School of Economics and Political Science.
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