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Future of Society (Blackwell Manifestos)

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Publisher Comments:

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

  • Globalization theorists, who claim that it cannot survive the demise of the nation-state.

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.

Synopsis:

This important Manifesto argues that we still need a concept of society in order to make sense of the forces which structure our lives.

  • Written by leading social theorist William Outhwaite

  • Asks if the notion of society is relevant in the twenty-first century

  • Goes to the heart of contemporary social and political debate

  • Examines critiques of the concept of society from neoliberals, postmodernists, and globalization theorists

  • Synopsis:

    This important Manifesto argues that we still need a concept of society in order to make sense of the forces which structure our lives.

    About the Author

    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).

    Table of Contents

    Preface.

    1. The Origins of ‘Society’.

    Part I: Critiques of Society.

    2. Society and the Individual: Neoliberalism, Social Constructionism and Communitarianism.

    3. Postmodernism.

    4. Globalisation.

    Part II: Reconstructing Society.

    5. Modernity and Society.

    6. Towards a Synthesis? Theory and Metatheory.

    Part III: Implications.

    7. Society Lite? Theories of Civil Society.

    8. Is There a European Society?.

    Postscript: A Defensible Concept of ‘Society’.

    Notes.

    Bibliography.

    Index

    Product Details

    ISBN:
    9780631231851
    Manufactured:
    Blackwell Publishers
    Publisher:
    Blackwell Publishing Professional
    Manufactured:
    Blackwell Publishers
    Author:
    Outhwaite, William
    Author:
    m Outhwaite
    Author:
    Willia
    Subject:
    Philosophy
    Subject:
    Civilization, Modern
    Subject:
    Sociology - General
    Subject:
    Postmodernism -- Social aspects.
    Subject:
    Europe - Civilization - 21st century
    Subject:
    General Sociology
    Copyright:
    Edition Description:
    WOL online Book (not BRO)
    Series:
    Wiley-Blackwell Manifestos
    Series Volume:
    7
    Publication Date:
    February 2006
    Binding:
    HARDCOVER
    Grade Level:
    General/trade
    Language:
    English
    Pages:
    188
    Dimensions:
    9.24x6.20x.77 in. .89 lbs.

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    "Synopsis" by , This important Manifesto argues that we still need a concept of society in order to make sense of the forces which structure our lives.

  • Written by leading social theorist William Outhwaite

  • Asks if the notion of society is relevant in the twenty-first century

  • Goes to the heart of contemporary social and political debate

  • Examines critiques of the concept of society from neoliberals, postmodernists, and globalization theorists

  • "Synopsis" by , This important Manifesto argues that we still need a concept of society in order to make sense of the forces which structure our lives.
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