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Description - The Future of Society by William Outhwaite

Is the notion of society obsolete? To answer this question, leading social theorist William Outhwaite first considers various critiques of the concept that have dominated recent debate, including the arguments of: Neo-liberals, who deny society's existence Postmodernists, who argue that it has fragmented or dissolved Globalisation theorists, who claim that it cannot survive the demise of the nation-state Evolutionary psychologists, who see human social experience as continuous with that of other animal species. Outhwaite takes a sympathetic look at these current theoretical trends, using them to explain why we have lost confidence in the concept of society. He argues, however, that we do still need the concept in order to make sense of the forces which structure our lives. Part of the prestigious Blackwell Manifestos series, this important book goes to the heart of contemporary social and political debate.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780631231851
ISBN-10: 0631231854
Format: Hardback
(220mm x 146mm x mm)
Pages: 184
Imprint: Blackwell Publishers
Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Ltd
Publish Date: 21-Dec-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - William Outhwaite

William Outhwaite is Professor of Sociology at the University of Sussex. His previous publications include Habermas: A Critical Introduction (1994), New Philosophies of Social Science (1987), and Understanding Social Life (Second Edition, 1986). He is co-author of Social Theory and Postcommunism (Blackwell, 2004), editor of The Blackwell Dictionary of Modern Social Thought (2002) and The Habermas Reader (1996), and co-editor of The Sociology of Politics (1998).

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