Social Theory

Download E-books Behind the Crisis: Marx's Dialectics of Value and Knowledge (Historical Materialism Book Series, Volume 26) PDF

By Guglielmo Carchedi

A lot has been written on the grounds that Capital was once released approximately Marx's irrelevance. This has usually been attributed to his unworkable approach to inquiry. Going by contrast present, this publication introduces the main hotly debated matters and evaluates them utilizing Marx's procedure. via those analyses what emerges is a pretty good origin upon which to boost a multi-faceted concept of crises.

Drawing on glossy philosophy of technological know-how, epistemology, economics and sociology, this paintings retraces Marx's unique multi-disciplinary undertaking and develops its foundations right into a sleek Marxist paradigm in a position to knowing the current quandary and of hard modern capitalism

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Download E-books Adorno Reframed: Interpreting Key Thinkers for the Arts (Contemporary Thinkers Reframed) PDF

By Geoff Boucher

Disregarded as a depressing elitist who condemned pop culture within the identify of ‘high art’, Theodore W. Adorno (1903-1969) is likely one of the so much provocative and demanding but least understood of up to date thinkers. This publication attracts on new translations into English to problem this well known photo and re-examines Adorno as a utopian thinker who believed real paintings may perhaps store the world.

Adorno Reframed isn't just a accomplished creation to the reader coming to Adorno for the 1st time via exact dialogue of works of art, novels, movies and track, yet an immense second look of this founding father of the Frankfurt tuition. encouraged via Kant, Hegel, Freud, Marx, Nietzche and Kierkegaard, Adorno was once a searing critic of the formal, reductive rationality of the Enlightenment and of modernity. Unafraid to speak about human nature, undaunted through dogmas concerning cultural development, Adorno enjoyed paintings that hurts, that challenged the present tradition of the day and resisted the controlled, commodified pseudo-happiness of ‘administered society’. protecting the independence of the flora and fauna and the particularity of the human person, for Adorno genuine actual paintings was once a defiant refusal to subordinate the materiality of the realm and the lived truth of human job to the imperatives of social totality.

Making his conception obtainable via a wealth of concrete illustrations, many drawn from Adorno himself, Geoffrey Boucher recasts Adorno as a innovative whose anthropological imaginative and prescient of the human , experience of subversive irony and profoundly historic aesthetics defended the integrity of the person opposed to the commodified tradition industries that offer unsatisfying client ‘happiness’. Grounding Adorno’s social philosophy and aesthetic concept in contextualised research of artists starting from Stockhausen and Kafka to David Lynch and Brett Easton-Ellis, Adorno Reframed takes its topic from interwar modernity into the postmodern and feminist current to envision the legacy and impact of Adorno’s radical modernism and his trust that paintings used to be within the bottom line the way to do something about, now not break out, fact.

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Download E-books Radical Philosophy: An Introduction PDF

By Chad Kautzer

In this concise creation, Chad Kautzer demonstrates the shared emancipatory objectives and techniques of numerous radical philosophies, from Marxism and feminism to severe race and queer conception. Radical Philosophy examines the family of concept and perform, wisdom and gear, in addition to the functionality of legislations in growing extralegal varieties of domination. via a serious engagement with the background of philosophy, Kautzer reconstructs very important counter-traditions of old, dialectical, and reflexive types of critique appropriate to modern social struggles. the result's an leading edge, systematic advisor to radical conception and demanding resistance.

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Download E-books Social Capital: A Theory of Social Structure and Action (Structural Analysis in the Social Sciences) PDF

By Nan Lin

Social Capital explains the significance of utilizing social connections and social family in attaining pursuits. Social capital, or assets accessed via such connections and family members, is necessary (along with human capital, or what someone or association truly possesses) in attaining objectives for people, social teams, corporations, and groups. The publication introduces a concept that forcefully argues and exhibits why "it is who you know," in addition to "what you know" that makes a distinction in existence and society.

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Download E-books Social Action: A Teleological Account PDF

By Seumas Miller

Social motion is vital to social proposal. This booklet presents philosophical analyses of primary different types of human social motion, together with cooperative motion, traditional motion, social norm ruled motion, and the activities of the occupants of organizational roles. those theories of social motion different types are then utilized to concerns resembling environmental toxins, humanitarian intervention and rights of minority teams. keeping off either the excessively atomistic individualism of rational selection theorists and fantastic collectivist assumptions, this crucial e-book may be broadly learn by means of philosophers of the social sciences, political scientists and sociologists.

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Download E-books Dialectics of the Ideal: Evald Ilyenkov and Creative Soviet Marxism (Historical Materialism Book) PDF

In Dialectics of the correct: Evald Ilyenkov and inventive Soviet Marxism Levant and Oittinen offer a window into the subterranean culture of ‘creative’ Soviet Marxism, which built at the margins of the Soviet academe and is still mostly outdoor the orbit of latest thought within the West. together with his ‘activity approach’, E.V. Ilyenkov, its central determine within the post-Stalin interval, makes a considerable contribution towards an anti-reductionist Marxist thought of the subject.

This hugely unique strategy can be of curiosity to theorists who search to prevent financial and cultural reductionism in addition to the malaise of postmodern relativism. This quantity good points Levant’s translation of Ilyenkov’s Dialectics of the Ideal (2009), which remained unpublished until eventually thirty years after the author’s tragic suicide in 1979, in addition to extra reflections and context by way of modern scholars.

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Download E-books The Cambridge Companion to Vygotsky PDF

By Michael Cole

L. S. Vygotsky was once an early 20th century Russian social theorist whose writing exerts an important effect at the improvement of social idea within the early 21st century. His non-deterministic, non-reductionist account of the formation of brain presents present theorietical advancements with a generally drawn but very strong cartoon of the ways that people form and are formed via social, cultural, and ancient stipulations. The Cambridge significant other to Vygotsky is a entire textual content that gives scholars, teachers, and practioners with a severe viewpoint on Vygotsky and his paintings.

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