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Routledge Studies in Social and Political Thought

This series explores core issues in political philosophy and social theory. Addressing theoretical subjects of both historical and contemporary relevance, the series has broad appeal across the social sciences. Contributions include new studies of major thinkers, key debates and critical concepts.

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1-10 of 87 results in Routledge Studies in Social and Political Thought
  1. Marx and Wittgenstein

    Knowledge, Morality and Politics

    Edited by Gavin Kitching, Nigel Pleasants

    Series: Routledge Studies in Social and Political Thought

    At first sight, Karl Marx and Ludwig Wittgenstein may well seem to be as different from each other as it is possible for the ideas of two major intellectuals to be. Despite this standard conception, however, a small number of scholars have long suggested that there are deeper philosophical...

    Published April 15th 2014 by Routledge

  2. The Psychology and Politics of the Collective

    Groups, Crowds and Mass Identifications

    Edited by Ruth Parkin-Gounelas

    Series: Routledge Studies in Social and Political Thought

    What are the psychological factors in operation when we form groups or crowds, and how are these affected by socio-historical circumstances? History offers endless examples of different forms of human collectivity, both private and public, small-scale and large: from the primal horde to the modern...

    Published April 8th 2014 by Routledge

  3. Wittgenstein and the Idea of a Critical Social Theory

    A Critique of Giddens, Habermas and Bhaskar

    By Nigel Pleasants

    Series: Routledge Studies in Social and Political Thought

    This book uses the philosophy of Wittgenstein as a perspective from which to challenge the very idea of critical social theory, represented preeminently by Giddens, Habermas and Bhaskar. Renouncing the quest for an alternative Wittgensteinian theory of social and political life, the author shows...

    Published April 7th 2014 by Routledge

  4. The Nature of Capital

    Marx after Foucault

    By Richard Marsden

    Series: Routledge Studies in Social and Political Thought

    The synthesis of Marx and Foucault has traditionally been seen within the social sciences as deeply problematic. The author overturns this received wisdom by subjecting both thinkers to an original re-reading through the lens of the philosophy of critical realism.The result is an illuminating...

    Published April 7th 2014 by Routledge

  5. Durkheim's Suicide

    A Century of Research and Debate

    Edited by W.S.F. Pickering, Geoffrey Walford

    Series: Routledge Studies in Social and Political Thought

    Durkeim's book on suicide, first published in 1897, is widely regarded as a classic text, and is essential reading for any student of Durkheim's thought and sociological method. This book examines the continuing importance of Durkheim's methodology. The wide-ranging chapters cover such issues as...

    Published April 7th 2014 by Routledge

  6. On Durkheim's Elementary Forms of Religious Life

    Edited by N.J. Allen, W.S.F. Pickering, W. Watts Miller

    Series: Routledge Studies in Social and Political Thought

    This is the first collection of essays to be published on Durkheim's masterpiece The Elementary Forms of Religious Life. It represents the work of the most important international Durkheim scholars from the fields of anthropology, philosophy and sociology. The essays focus on key topics including:*...

    Published April 7th 2014 by Routledge

  7. The Reading of Theoretical Texts

    By Peter Ekegren

    Series: Routledge Studies in Social and Political Thought

    Since the structuralist debates of the 1970s the field of textual analysis has largely remained the preserve of literary theorists. Social scientists, while accepting that observation is theory laden have tended to take the meaning of texts as given and to explain differences of interpretation...

    Published April 7th 2014 by Routledge

  8. Durkheim and Representations

    Edited by W. S. F. Pickering

    Series: Routledge Studies in Social and Political Thought

    Durkheim's sociological thought is based on the premise that the world cannot be known as a thing in itself, but only through representations, rough approximations of the world created either individually or collectively. This set of papers by leading Durkheimians from Britain, America and...

    Published April 7th 2014 by Routledge

  9. Property and Power in Social Theory

    A Study in Intellectual Rivalry

    By Dick Pels

    Series: Routledge Studies in Social and Political Thought

    Property and power perform a key role in social and political theories of class inequality and social stratification, however, theorists have yet clearly to define these concepts, their mutual boundaries and scopes of application. This book answers the property/power puzzle by undertaking a broad...

    Published April 7th 2014 by Routledge

  10. Deleuze, Marx and Politics

    By Nicholas Thoburn

    Series: Routledge Studies in Social and Political Thought

    A critical and provocative exploration of the political, conceptual and cultural points of resonance between Deleuze's minor politics and Marx's critique of capitalist dynamics, engaging with Deleuze's missing work, The Grandeur of Marx. This book explores the core categories of communism and...

    Published April 2nd 2014 by Routledge