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Routledge Major Works has a strong international focus and each of the sets is edited by a leading expert in their field. This publishing programme continues to grow with new book series being created all the time. Worthy mentions include a new Sports Studies and Construction Series.

Titles published by Routledge Major Works cover an abundance of literature on leading and influential figures, key concepts, topics and sub-disciplines across the social sciences, humanities, behavioural sciences and law.

New and Published Books

  1. Race and Crime

    Edited by Coretta Phillips

    Series: Critical Concepts in Criminology

    Serious research into the problematic and contested relationship between notions of race and crime continues to blossom. Indeed, the work of scholars in this cross-disciplinary field supports numerous international journals, regional organizations, and global conferences. Now, to make some sense of...

    Published June 29th 2014 by Routledge

  2. Praxis and Method (RLE: Gramsci)

    A Sociological Dialogue with Lukacs, Gramsci and the Early Frankfurt School

    By Richard Kilminster

    Series: Routledge Library Editions: Gramsci

    This sociological critique of the ‘philosophy of praxis’ looks at the importance of the concept in the social theory of leading influential Western Marxists such as Lukács, Gramsci, Korsch, Horkheimer, Marcuse and Adorno in the inter-war period. It offers a detailed critique of Marx and Hegel, and...

    Published March 13th 2014 by Routledge

  3. Theoretical Logic in Sociology

    By Jeffrey C. Alexander

    Series: Theoretical Logic in Sociology

    This four volume work, originally published in the 1980s and out of print for some years, represents a major attempt to redirect the course of contemporary sociological thought. Jeffrey Alexander analyses the most general and fundamental elements of sociological thinking about action and order and...

    Published February 2nd 2014 by Routledge

  4. Positivism, Presupposition and Current Controversies (Theoretical Logic in Sociology)

    By Jeffrey C. Alexander

    Series: Theoretical Logic in Sociology

    This volume begins by challenging the bases of the recent scientization of sociology. Then it challenges some of the ambitious claims of recent theoretical debate. The author not only reinterprets the most important classical and modern sociological theories but extracts from the debates the...

    Published February 2nd 2014 by Routledge

  5. Classical Attempt at Theoretical Synthesis (Theoretical Logic in Sociology)

    Max Weber

    By Jeffrey C. Alexander

    Series: Theoretical Logic in Sociology

    The limits of one-dimensional theory are strikingly revealed in the schools that the founders of the major sociological traditions established. In this volume Max Weber is presented as the theorist who laid out new starting points and the author considers his work as a response, in part, to the...

    Published February 2nd 2014 by Routledge

  6. Modern Reconstruction of Classical Thought (Theoretical Logic in Sociology)

    Talcott Parsons

    By Jeffrey C. Alexander

    Series: Theoretical Logic in Sociology

    In this volume the author maintains that sociology must learn to combine the insights of both Durkheim and Marx and that it can only do so on the presuppositional ground that Weber set forth. Alexander maintains that the idealist and materialist traditions must be transformed into analytic...

    Published February 2nd 2014 by Routledge

  7. The Antinomies of Classical Thought: Marx and Durkheim (Theoretical Logic in Sociology)

    By Jeffrey C. Alexander

    Series: Theoretical Logic in Sociology

    This volume challenges prevailing understanding of the two great founders of sociological thought. In a detailed and systematic way the author demonstrates how Marx and Durkheim gradually developed the fundamental frameworks for sociological materialism and idealism. While most recent interpreters...

    Published January 27th 2014 by Routledge

  8. Social Transformation in China

    Edited by Jieyu Liu

    Series: Critical Concepts in Asian Studies

    Since the late 1970s, China has transformed from an inefficient centrally planned backwater to a fast-growing market-orientated economy. While economic reform has enabled average living standards to improve immensely, the benefits have been shared disproportionately depending on demographic factors...

    Published January 26th 2014 by Routledge

  9. Politics and the Internet

    Edited by William H. Dutton

    Series: Critical Concepts in Political Science

    SPECIAL INTRODUCTORY PRICE!(Valid until 3 months after publication) It is commonplace to observe that the Internet—and the dizzying technologies and applications which it continues to spawn—has revolutionized human communications. But, while the medium’s impact has apparently been immense, the...

    Published November 24th 2013 by Routledge

  10. Chicano Images

    Refiguring Ethnicity in Mainstream Film

    By Christine List

    Series: Routledge Library Editions: Cinema

    Providing textual analysis of 12 feature films written and directed by filmmakers who explore aspects of the Chicano cultural movement, this book discusses films including Cheech and Chong's Still Smokin' (1983), El Norte (1985), and Break of Dawn (1988). The text analyzes the portrayal of Chicano,...

    Published November 10th 2013 by Routledge