Social Theory for Alternative Societies

Social Theory for Alternative Societies

Description

This book traces a unique story of social theory: one which focuses on its role in offering ideas for alternative societies. In charting this story, Matt Dawson argues that the differences in alternatives offered by social theorists not only demonstrate the diversity in, and value of, sociological perspectives, but also emphasize competing ideas of the role of intellectuals in social change.

The text discusses a collection of social theorists -from key figures such as Marx, Durkheim and Du Bois to less well known or now commonly overlooked writers such as Levitas, Lefebvre and Mannheim. It explains their use of the tools of sociology to critique society and provide visions for alternatives, highlighting elements of the intellectual backgrounds of movements such as socialism, anti-racism, feminism and cosmopolitanism.

Social Theory for Alternative Societies not only explores in detail a variety of thinkers, but also reflects on the relevance of sociology today and on the connection between social theory and the 'real world.' Thus it will be of interest to students of sociology and those interested in ideas for a better society.


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Details

Author(s)
Matt Dawson
Format
Paperback | 248 pages
Dimensions
155 x 235 x 15.24mm | 3,752g
Publication date
11 Mar 2016
Publisher
MacMillan Education UK
Imprint
Red Globe Press
Publication City/Country
United Kingdom
Language
English
Edition Statement
1st ed. 2016
Illustrations note
248 p.
ISBN10
113733732X
ISBN13
9781137337320