Category: Social Theory

The Culture of Conformism: Understanding Social Consent

By Patrick Colm Hogan

“[Hogan’s] aim isn't really simply to provide an explanation for yet to supply instruments of knowing that may be of sensible price to people who fight for justice and freedom. Drawing from a powerful array of resources, his beneficial examine advances either ends significantly, no suggest accomplishment.”—Noam Chomsky

In this wide-ranging and informative paintings, Patrick Colm Hogan attracts on cognitive technological know-how, psychoanalysis, and social psychology to discover the cultural and mental parts of social consent. Focusing specifically on americans’ acquiescence to a procedure that underpays and underrepresents nearly all of the inhabitants, Hogan strikes past general experiences of this phenomenon via stressing greater than its political and financial dimensions.
With new insights into really insideous sorts of consent comparable to these occur in racism, sexism, and homophobia, The tradition of Conformism considers the position of emotion because it works along with trust and with the formation of team identification. Arguing that coercion is way extra pervasive in democratic societies than is usually well-known, Hogan discusses the delicate ways that fiscal and social pressures function to enrich the extra evidently violent forces of the police and armed forces. Addressing problems with narcissism, vanity, and empathy, he additionally explains the idea that of “rational” conformity—that is, the measure to which our social consent relies on self-interest—and explores the cognitive elements that produce and maintain social ideology.
Social activists, monetary theorists, social psychologists, and political scientists can be intrigued and expert via this book.

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Social Darwinism: Science and Myth in Anglo-American Social Thought

By Robert Bannister

"The such a lot systematic and accomplished attempt but made to evaluate the position performed via Darwinian rules within the writings of English-speaking social theorists of the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries." --Isis "In trying to set the list instantly, Bannister cuts during the amalgam with an highbrow shredder, exposing the illogic and incompatibility thinking about fusing Charles Darwin's at the foundation of Species with Herbert Spencer's Social Statics... Bannister's familiarity with appropriate texts and their reception through modern social theorists, students, and critics on each side of the Atlantic is impressive." --Journal of Interdisciplinary historical past "A wonderful contribution to Anglo-American highbrow history." --Journal of yank heritage

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The Constitution of Society: Outline of the Theory of Structuration

By Anthony Giddens

Anthony Giddens has been within the leading edge of advancements in social idea for the prior decade. In The structure of Society he outlines the specified place he has developed in the course of that interval and provides a whole assertion of an important new viewpoint in social suggestion, a synthesis and elaboration of rules touched on in past works yet defined the following for the 1st time in an built-in and complete shape. a selected function is Giddens's main issue to attach summary difficulties of concept to an interpretation of the character of empirical procedure within the social sciences. In offering his personal principles, Giddens mounts a severe assault on a number of the extra orthodox sociological perspectives. The structure of Society is a useful reference booklet for all these curious about the fundamental matters in modern social idea.

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The Bounds of Reason: Game Theory and the Unification of the Behavioral Sciences

By Herbert Gintis

Game thought is crucial to figuring out human habit and proper to the entire behavioral sciences--from biology and economics, to anthropology and political technological know-how. despite the fact that, as The Bounds of Reason demonstrates, online game conception by myself can't absolutely clarify human habit and will in its place supplement different key techniques championed through the behavioral disciplines. Herbert Gintis exhibits that simply as online game concept with out broader social thought is purely technical bravado, so social idea with no video game thought is a handicapped firm. This variation has been completely revised and updated.

Reinvigorating online game conception, The Bounds of Reason bargains leading edge pondering for the behavioral sciences.

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Mutual Aid: A Factor of Evolution

Mutual reduction: an element of Evolution is a booklet through Peter Kropotkin almost about mutual relief, written whereas he was once residing in exile in England. It used to be first released through William Heinemann in London in October 1902. the person chapters had initially been released in 1890-96 as a sequence of essays within the British per 30 days literary journal, 19th Century. Written in part in accordance with Social Darwinism and particularly to Thomas H. Huxley's 19th Century essay, "The fight for Existence," Kropotkin's ebook drew on his stories in clinical expeditions in Siberia to demonstrate the phenomenon of cooperation. After analyzing the facts of cooperation in nonhuman animals, "savages," "barbarians," in medieval towns, and nowa days, he concludes that cooperation and mutual reduction are as vital within the evolution of the species as pageant and mutual strife, if no more so.

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Modern Critical Thought: An Anthology of Theorists Writing on Theorists

By Drew Milne

This anthology offers a chain of texts within which significant twentieth-century thinkers interact in discussion with their predecessors.

  • Presents a chain of texts within which significant twentieth-century thinkers interact in discussion with their predecessors.
  • Offers an cutting edge manner into figuring out sleek serious thought.
  • Spans the interval from Marx to the current day.
  • A dialog of principles emerges among one iteration and the next.
  • Editorial fabric defines keywords and maps out contested terrain.
  • Each piece is prefaced by way of contextualising notes and recommendations for additional reading.

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Theories of Social Capital: Researchers Behaving Badly (Political Economy and Development (Paperback))

By Ben Fine

Tracing the evolution of social capital given that his hugely acclaimed contribution of 2001 (Social Capital as opposed to Social Theory), Ben nice consolidates his place because the world's best critic of the concept.

Fine forcibly demonstrates how social capital has multiplied around the social sciences in basic terms via degrading different disciplines and themes that it touches: a McDonaldisation of social idea. the increase and fall of social capital on the global financial institution is severely defined as is social capital's transforming into presence in disciplines, similar to administration experiences, and its relative absence in others, equivalent to social history.

Writing with a pointy severe aspect, nice not just deconstructs the roller-coaster presence of social capital around the social sciences but in addition attracts out classes on how (and how now not) to do research.

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The Conquest of Bread (Penguin Classics)

By Peter Kropotkin

"Well-being for all isn't a dream."

In this brilliantly stress-free rallying-cry of a ebook, Kropotkin lays out the guts of his anarchist beliefs—beliefs that surged around the globe within the overdue nineteenth and early twentieth centuries and that experience a renewed relevance and poignancy at the present time. Humane and considerate, but in addition a devastating critique of the way sleek society is prepared (with the brutal, slender few clinging onto their wealth and privileges on the cost of the many), The Conquest of Bread is a booklet to be argued over, back and again.

For greater than sixty-five years, Penguin has been the top writer of vintage literature within the English-speaking international. With greater than 1,500 titles, Penguin Classics represents a world bookshelf of the simplest works all through historical past and throughout genres and disciplines. Readers belief the series to supply authoritative texts more desirable through introductions and notes by means of extraordinary students and modern authors, in addition to up-to-date translations through award-winning translators.

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Mind, Modernity, Madness: The Impact of Culture on Human Experience

By Liah Greenfeld

It’s the yank dream―unfettered freedom to keep on with our goals, to forge our identities, to develop into self-made. yet what if our tradition of unlimited self-fulfillment is de facto making thousands desperately unwell? certainly one of our major interpreters of modernity and nationalism, Liah Greenfeld argues that we have got neglected the relationship among egalitarian society and psychological disease. Intellectually fearless, encompassing philosophy, psychology, and historical past, Mind, Modernity, Madness demanding situations the main adored assumptions in regards to the benefits of dwelling in a land of the free.

Modern nationalism, says Greenfeld, rests on bedrock ideas of renowned sovereignty, equality, and secularism. voters of the twenty-first century get pleasure from remarkable freedom to develop into the authors in their own destinies. Empowering as this is often, it additionally areas them below huge, immense psychic pressure. they have to continuously appraise their identities, deal with their wishes, and calibrate their position inside of society. For weak members, this strain is simply too a lot. education her analytic eye on huge case histories in manic melancholy and schizophrenia, Greenfeld contends that those health problems are dysfunctions of selfhood brought on by society’s overburdening calls for for self-realization. In her rigorous analysis, insanity is a culturally constituted malady.

The culminating quantity of Greenfeld’s nationalism trilogy, Mind, Modernity, Madness is a journey de strength within the vintage culture of Émile Durkheim―and a daring foray into uncharted territory. frequently counter-intuitive, continually illuminating, Mind, Modernity, Madness provides a many-sided view of humanity, person who enriches our inner most knowing of who we're and what we aspire to be.

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After Capitalism (New Critical Theory)

By David Schweickart

Since first released in 2002, After Capitalism has provided scholars and political activists alike a coherent imaginative and prescient of a plausible and fascinating substitute to capitalism. David Schweickart calls the program financial Democracy, a successor-system to capitalism which preserves the potency strengths of a marketplace financial system whereas extending democracy to the place of work and to the buildings of funding finance. within the moment version, Schweickart acknowledges that elevated globalization of businesses has created more than ever interdependent economies and the controversy in regards to the desirability of entrepreneurship is escalating. the hot version features a new preface, thoroughly up to date information, reorganized chapters, and new sections at the financial instability of capitalism, the present financial obstacle, and China. Drawing on either theoretical and empirical learn, Schweickart exhibits how and why this version is effective, dynamic, and acceptable on the planet today.

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