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Major Works: Social Theory

You are currently browsing 1–10 of 115 new and published major works in the subject of Social Theory — sorted by publish date from newer books to older books.

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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. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. Between Men and Feminism (RLE Feminist Theory)

    Colloquium: Papers

    Between Men and Feminism had its origins in a lively colloquium at St John’s College, Cambridge in 1990. It discusses how two decades of feminism have affected the ways men define their own masculinities, and how they have responded in their own social, sexual and political lives to the challenges...

    Published October 11th 2012 by Routledge

  7. Ethics and Human Reproduction (RLE Feminist Theory)

    A Feminist Analysis

    In Ethics and Human Reproduction, Christine Overall blends feminist theory and philosophical expertise to provide a coherent analysis of a range of moral questions and social policy issues pertaining to human reproduction and the new reproductive technologies. Topics covered include: sex...

    Published October 11th 2012 by Routledge

  8. Feminism and Materialism (RLE Feminist Theory)

    Women and Modes of Production

    These original essays are planned to provide a coherent basis for an understanding of women’s social and historical situation. This achieved by outlining the foundation of a systematic approach to an analysis of women’s relationship to modes of production and reproduction within a materialist...

    Published October 11th 2012 by Routledge

  9. Coming to Terms (RLE Feminist Theory)

    Feminism, Theory, Politics

    For over a decade, feminist studies have occupied an extraordinary position in the United States. On the one hand, they have contributed to the development of a strong ‘identity’ politics; on the other, they have been part of the post-structuralist critique of the unified subject – its experience,...

    Published October 11th 2012 by Routledge

  10. Feminism for Girls (RLE Feminist Theory)

    An Adventure Story

    Feminism for Girls presents feminist perspectives on aspects of adolescence which have been chosen for their special relevance to the lives and experiences of girls and young women today. Illustrated throughout, chapters cover themes and topics which include romance and sexuality, girls’ magazines,...

    Published October 11th 2012 by Routledge