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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 103 results in Routledge Studies in Social and Political Thought
  1. Culture, Class, and Critical Theory

    Between Bourdieu and the Frankfurt School

    By David Gartman

    Series: Routledge Studies in Social and Political Thought

    Culture, Class, and Critical Theory develops a theory of culture that explains how ideas create and legitimate class inequalities in modern society. This theory is developed through a critique and comparison of the powerful ideas on culture offered by Pierre Bourdieu and the Frankfurt School...

    Published May 21st 2015 by Routledge

  2. Comedy and the Public Sphere

    The Rebirth of Theatre as Comedy and the Genealogy of the Modern Public Arena

    By Arpad Szakolczai

    Series: Routledge Studies in Social and Political Thought

    The book aims at reframing the discussion on the "public sphere," usually understood as the place where the public opinion is formed, through rational discussion. The aim of this book is to give an account of this rationality, and its serious shortcomings, examining the role of the media and the...

    Published May 21st 2015 by Routledge

  3. Environmental Apocalypse in Science and Art

    Designing Nightmares

    By Sergio Fava

    Series: Routledge Studies in Social and Political Thought

    At a time when it is clear that climate change adaptation and mitigation are failing, this book examines how our assumptions about (valid and usable) knowledge are preventing effective climate action. Through a cross-disciplinary, empirically-based analysis of climate science and policy, the book...

    Published May 21st 2015 by Routledge

  4. The Politics and Philosophy of Michael Oakeshott

    By Stuart Isaacs

    Series: Routledge Studies in Social and Political Thought

    Michael Oakeshott was a leading Political theorist described by The Telegraph in 1990 as "the greatest political philosopher in the Anglo-Saxon tradition since Mill – or even Burke". There has been sustained interest in his work, and a developing body of literature, over recent years. This book...

    Published May 8th 2015 by Routledge

  5. Authenticity, Autonomy and Multiculturalism

    Edited by Geoffrey Brahm Levey

    Series: Routledge Studies in Social and Political Thought

    The concept of "authenticity" enters multicultural politics in three distinct but interrelated senses: as an ideal of individual and group identity that commands recognition by others; as a condition of individuals’ autonomy that bestows legitimacy on their values, beliefs and preferences as being...

    Published May 8th 2015 by Routledge

  6. Hannah Arendt and the Limits of Total Domination

    The Holocaust, Plurality, and Resistance

    By Michal Aharony

    Series: Routledge Studies in Social and Political Thought

    Responding to the increasingly influential role of Hannah Arendt’s political philosophy in recent years, Hannah Arendt and the Limits of Total Domination: The Holocaust, Plurality, and Resistance, critically engages with Arendt’s understanding of totalitarianism. According to Arendt, the main goal...

    Published March 18th 2015 by Routledge

  7. Crisis and Critique

    A Social Theory of Diremptions

    By Rodrigo Cordero

    Series: Routledge Studies in Social and Political Thought

    This book explores theories of crisis and critique in light of the capitalist financial downturn and concomitant social theories that have reinstated the radical meaning of these notions with new heuristic force. It argues that individuals have urgent need of concepts of crisis and...

    Published March 15th 2015 by Routledge

  8. Political Thought of Hume and His Contemporaries

    Enlightenment Projects

    By Frederick G. Whelan

    Series: Routledge Studies in Social and Political Thought

    Intended for scholars in the fields of political theory, and the history of political thought, this two-volume examines David Hume's Political Thought (1711-1776) and that of his contemporaries, including Smith, Blackstone, Burke and Robertson. This book is unified by its temporal focus on the...

    Published February 25th 2015 by Routledge

  9. The New Materialism

    Althusser, Badiou, and Žižek

    By Geoff Pfeifer

    Series: Routledge Studies in Social and Political Thought

    Alain Badiou and Slavoj Žižek have become two of the dominant voices in contemporary philosophy and critical theory. In this book, Geoff Pfeifer offers an in-depth look at their respective views. Using Louis Althusser’s materialism as a starting point—which, as Pfeifer shows, was built partially as...

    Published February 24th 2015 by Routledge

  10. Phenomenology of Youth Cultures and Globalization

    Lifeworlds and Surplus Meaning in Changing Times

    Edited by Stuart R. Poyntz, Jacqueline Kennelly

    Series: Routledge Studies in Social and Political Thought

    This edited collection brings together scholars who draw on phenomenological approaches to understand the experiences of young people growing up under contemporary conditions of globalization. Phenomenology is both a philosophical and pragmatic approach to social sciences research, that takes as...

    Published February 10th 2015 by Routledge