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Social Theory

Social Theory

The Multicultural, Global, and Classic Readings

For nearly a quarter-century, Charles Lemert has shared his love of social theory, and the questions it explores, in this collection of readings. With 140 selections that begin in the nineteenth century and end in 2015, Social Theory charts the long arc of the development of the field. This edition retains classic texts by Karl Marx, Emile Durkheim, Max Weber, and W.E.B. Du Bois and writings of major contemporary figures like Audre Lorde and Patricia Hill Collins, while adding pieces from Harriet Martineau, Friedrich Nietzsche, Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw, Thomas Piketty, and Ta-Nehisi Coates, among others. Revised and updated with a new section exploring social theory at the limits of the social, Lemert's Social Theory remains essential reading.
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Genre: Nonfiction / Social Science / Sociology

On Sale: July 12th 2016

Price: $39.99

Page Count: 544

ISBN-13: 9780813350448

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Praise for Prior Editions
“A rich, highly textured, historically sweeping, and strikingly inclusive collection” —Jeffrey Alexander, Yale University

“Powerful and provocative … Social Theory is an essential guide through the complex contours of multicultural ideology and theory from the nineteenth century to the present.” —Manning Marable, Pulitzer Prize Winner for Malcolm X

“This collections presents a provocative wide-angle view of the history of social theory … Well-chosen selections from the new social movements as well as the classics and recent mainstream make this a fine introduction for courses in the social sciences.” —Sandra Harding, UCLA

“Lemert gives shape to a sociological imagination for the twenty-first century. This is necessary reading for us all.” —Patricia Clough, Queens College and CUNY Graduate Center
“Lemert has given ample space to those who are at the margins of or fall completely outside of what most consider social theory … and [who] contribute to a diverse, broad, multilevel, and, in places, deep treatment of social theory and its evolution. … Late modern and postmodern theorists are well represented, and the focuses on race, gender, and globalization make this text useful for courses far beyond the standard undergraduate one in sociological theory. This book would also be well suited to more focused courses on modernity and postmodernity or even in a cultural studies curriculum. … Excellent.” —Stephen Lippmann, Teaching Sociology

“Lemert provides an illuminating introduction to the collection and introductions to each section that provide an overview of the socio-historical context and delineation of key thinkers and texts in each period. Combining important classical and contemporary material, Lemert's collection enables the student and reader to trace out the origins of the modern world to our present global and conflicted condition.” —Douglas Kellner, University of California, Los Angeles
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