Synopses & Reviews
This introduction to social theory addresses key issues in sociological, political, and cultural analysis through the unifying theme of social conflict, cohesion, and consent. Structured around the major theorists in the field, Joseph examines such thinkers as Marx and Engels, Gramsci, Durkheim, Parsons, Weber, The Frankfurt School, and Foucault. Through their ideas, core social concepts and key features of modern society are introduced, including structure and agency, ideology, discourse and legitimation, the state, the economy, and civil society. Dealing with both contemporary social debates and established theoretical approaches, Social Theory serves as a uniquely useful introduction for both politics and sociology students.
"There is always a need for introductory works about difficult ideas that are written with as much clarity, grace, balance and scholarship as this one. For these topics, in particular, it is a striking accomplishment. I have no doubt it will be widely used."-Bertell Ollman,New York University
Volume 1 contains translations of medieval Irish poetry and narratives, many of which, thought transcribed in Middle Irish, are from an older oral tradition. The volume also offers examples of Irish lyric poetry of the 17th and 18th centuries and translations from 19th-century Irish poets.
About the Author
Richard C. Green is a Ph.D. candidate in teh Department of Performance Studies at New York University.
Daniel G. Calder is Professor of English and Chairman of the department at the University of California at Los Angeles.
Michael Lapidge is a member of the Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse, and Celti