Introduction: A New Agenda for Social Theory?

  1. Professor Bryan S. Turner Professor
  1. Professor Bryan S. Turner Professor

Published Online: 2 MAR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444304992.ch

The New Blackwell Companion to Social Theory

The New Blackwell Companion to Social Theory

How to Cite

Turner, B. S. (2008) Introduction: A New Agenda for Social Theory?, in The New Blackwell Companion to Social Theory (ed B. S. Turner), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444304992.ch

Editor Information

  1. Alona Evans Distinguished Professor of Sociology, Wellesley College Boston, USA

Author Information

  1. Alona Evans Distinguished Professor of Sociology, Wellesley College Boston, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 2 MAR 2009
  2. Published Print: 5 SEP 2008

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405169004

Online ISBN: 9781444304992

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Keywords:

  • a new agenda for social theory;
  • social theory - analytical and philosophical framework within which social sciences develop;
  • taking social theory seriously;
  • two metaphors for theorizing;
  • contemporary social theory in a crisis;
  • defending “classical foundations” of sociology and its legacy;
  • social and social theory - deeply challenged by postmodernism;
  • Key Problems in Sociological Theory - key text of post-war British sociology

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Preliminary Remarks

  • What is Social Theory?

  • Two Metaphors for Theorizing

  • The Contemporary Crisis

  • Defending a Classical Tradition

  • The Social and the Political

  • Justice and Equality

  • Agency and Structure as a Framework

  • The New Companion to Social Theory

  • Bibliography