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Mainstream and Critical Social Theory
Author: Jeffrey C. Alexander

ISBN: 9780761967781
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 3328
Published: 16 June 2001
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6 x 11.4
Description:
Unrivalled in scope and depth, and prepared by one of the acknowledged giants of contemporary social theory, this boxed set provides a magisterial review of the central canons, discourses and research programmes in social theory. The reader is provided with a route-map through the complex terrain of social theory from classical to contemporary times. Alexander distils an amazingly rich set of resources into eight exceptional volumes. For the specialist who does not have all of these materials to hand, the set offers an incisive and invaluable research aid. For the non-specialist, the volumes constitute an elegant and reliable entry into the heart of what is important in social theory. For specialist and non-specialist alike, Alexander's choices will be a fascinating insight into his view of the essentials in the Western tradition of social theory.

The collection begins with a specially prepared essay by Alexander which precludes a view of social theory as a glorious' onward march. Instead, he concentrates on the relativity of social theory, a relativity that derives from the status of sociology as a human science rather than a science of nat...

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