Pivoting on a theme appropriate to our dark times - the need to understand social crisis - this learned book reverses the conventional Parsonian focus on social order. Taking Hamlet’s brooding sense of “times out of joint” as the prism through which he approaches the modern social world, the author demonstrates throughout his exceptional breadth of knowledge, ending with a lucid and masterly comparison of Norbert Elias and Pierre Bourdieu.
This is a scholarly and engaging addition to the field of social theory that is focused upon the relationship between theory, crisis and history. An excellent book, it will be welcomed and read widely by advanced undergraduates, postgraduates and scholars in sociology, cultural studies, social theory and beyond.
For tourism scholars who reflect seriously on the sociocultural production of meanings, how territorial development (place branding) influences the way in which people perceive themselves, how the local distribution of power marginalizes specific social groups and favors others, how cultural intangibles (social memory) are being transformed according to market rules, and how business-oriented policies are transforming differences in inequalities, Law's book is a must read.
A very good text that covers most of the course content
A wonderful text that brings together classic and contemporary sources of social theory. Inspirational.
This text provides an excellent introduction to sociological theory and can be used for all undergraduate levels.
Credible analysis of the field.
An excellent text that really opens up social theory for undergraduate students. The way that this is written in a very accessible way.
a very concise journey through society, that develops the knowledge of he reader/ student. This book allows the student to understand the fully comprehend modern society.
I'ts very useful for my course of Epistemology oriented on Bourdieu's reflexive sociology.
A key text to support both teacher snad students.
An excellent text covering a diverse range of complex social theory, delivered in a methodical way to aid understanding to the student.
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