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The Foundations of the Social: Between Critical Theory and Reflexive Sociology

Susen, Simon. 2007. The Foundations of the Social: Between Critical Theory and Reflexive Sociology. Bardwell Press. ISBN 9781905622122 [Book]

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In this lucid and novel examination of the concept of the social in contemporary critical thought, Simon Susen argues that we can only identify solid grounds for social critique by identifying the grounds of the social itself. The book draws upon the work of Jürgen Habermas and Pierre Bourdieu, and offers a model for the reconstruction of Habermasian critical theory and Bourdieusian reflexive sociology. These two theoretical approaches have been dominant influences in contemporary social theory. Susen explores how both conceptualise the social, and identifies the shortcomings of the Habermasian 'communicative approach' and the Bourdieusian 'homological approach'. He offers a method for overcoming their most significant shortcomings in terms of an alternative, five-dimensional approach to the nature of the social.

Item Type:

Book

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Sociology

Date:

2007

Item ID:

2035

Date Deposited:

12 Mar 2009 15:42

Last Modified:

07 Dec 2014 18:06

URI:

http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/2035

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