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Social Life
Contemporary Social Theory



June 2019 | 200 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

In Social Life, the authors highlight, explain, and scrutinize socio-theoretical analyses of contemporary social relations and conditions, put forward by eight modern social theorists: Anthony Giddens, Pierre Bourdieu, Bruno Latour, Donna Haraway, Zygmunt Bauman, Jean-François Lyotard, Michel Foucault, and Jean Baudrillard.

Each chapter discusses the contributions and challenges of each of the eight key social theorists, with chapters divided into two parts. The first part of every chapter identifies key components of each theorist’s conception of contemporary society and explores those in detail.

The second part of each chapter applies the theories outlined in the first section, to specific, modern phenomena that the reader is likely to have experienced or read about, including: Inequality and Capital, Terrorism, Immune System Discourse, and Climate Change.

Suitable reading for sociology students studying social theory and understanding modern theorists.

 
Anthony Giddens: Living with Radical Modernity
 
Pierre Bourdieu: Capital and Forms of Social Suffering
 
Bruno Latour: Rethinking Modern Social Life
 
Donna Haraway: New Modes of Sociality
 
Zygmunt Bauman: Liquid Social Life
 
Jean-François Lyotard: Living in Postmodernity
 
Michel Foucault: Power over Life
 
Jean Baudrillard: Terror, Death, Exchange
 
Emerging Sociological Themes and Concerns
 
Conclusion

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