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Social Theory and Postcommunism

Authors: William Outhwaite, Larry Ray Publisher: Wiley Publication date: 2008 Publication language: Angielski Number of pages: 266 Publication formats: EAN: 9781405137843 ISBN: 9781405137843 Category: Social & political philosophy Publisher's index: - Bibliographic note: -

Description

Social Theory and Postcommunism undertakes a thorough study of the implications of post-communism for sociological theory. Written by two leading social theorists, the book discusses the thesis that the fall of communism has decimated alternative conceptions of social organizations other than capitalism.

  • Analyzes the implications of the fall of communism on social theory
  • Discusses alternative ideas of social organizations other than capitalism, in the wake of the collapse of communism
  • Covers state/civil society, globalization, the future of “modernity,” and post-socialism

TOC

  • Social Theory and Postcommunism 6
    • Contents 8
    • Preface 10
    • Introduction: Being Taken by Surprise 12
    • 1 Theory after the Fall 18
    • 2 Class: Marx and Weber 36
    • 3 Society, Solidarity, and Anomie: Durkheim 53
    • 4 Three Types of Convergence 78
    • 5 Socialism, Modernity and Beyond 99
    • 6 Globalization and Convergence 128
    • 7 Civil Society East and West 158
    • 8 Modernity, Memory, and Postcommunism 187
    • 9 Concluding Themes 208
    • Notes 215
    • Bibliography 228
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Author's affiliation

Larry Ray: University of Kent