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Social Theory and Postcommunism / Edition 1

Social Theory and Postcommunism / Edition 1

by William Outhwaite, Larry Ray
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Social Theory and Postcommunismis a unique, well-written, and accessible text that analyzes the implications of the fall of communism on social 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.

By undertaking a thorough study of the implications of post-Communism for sociological theory, it reviews almost every key issue which currently occupies social theory: state/civil society, globalization, the future of “modernity,” and postsocialism. Outhwaite and Ray cover such issues while still referencing older traditions, such as the modernization theory. With clarity, insight, and authority, this book presents a new understanding of social theory for the student or scholar.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780631211112
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 02/21/2005
Pages: 268
Product dimensions: 6.54(w) x 9.48(h) x 0.92(d)

About the Author

William Outhwaite is Professor of Sociology at the University of Sussex. His recent publications include The Sociology of Politics (co-edited with Luke Martell, 1998) and The Blackwell Dictionary of Modern Social Thought (Blackwell 2002). He also acts as Associate Editor of the European Journal of Social Theory.

Larry Ray is Professor of Sociology at the University of Kent. He has recently published Theorizing Classical Sociology (1999) and Key Contemporary Social Theorists (co-edited with Anthony Elliott, Blackwell 2002). He has done extensive work and research on the crisis and transformation of postcommunist societies.

Table of Contents


Introduction: Being Taken By Surprise.

1 Theory After the Fall.

2 Class: Marx and Weber.

3 Society, Solidarity and Anomie: Durkheim.

4 Three Types of Convergence.

5 Socialism, modernity and beyond.

6 Globalization and Convergence.

7 Civil Society East and West.

8 Modernity, memory and postcommunism.

9 Concluding Themes.


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“A significant event in social theory’s ongoing return to earth after its prolonged fit of factless abstractionalism, made all the more valuable by the authors’ knowledge of, and respect for, the world’s particularity. A genuinely thoughtful and thought provoking book.”Anthony Woodiwiss, City University 

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