By Brian Heaphy
Occasionally social conception can look dry and intimidating – as though it's whatever thoroughly except lifestyle. yet during this incisive new textual content, Brian Heaphy convey precisely how the arguments of the nice modern theorists play out opposed to prolonged examples from genuine existence. Introducing the tips of founding social thinkers together with Marx, Durkheim, Weber, Simmel and Freud, and the paintings of key modern theorists, between them Lacan, Foucault, Lyotrad, Baudrillard, Bauman, Giddens and Beck, the ebook starts off by way of reading the benefits of the 'late modernity' thesis opposed to these of the proponents of 'post-modernity'. The authors exhibit the vast swoop of impression of 'post-modern' suggestion and the way it has replaced the best way even its competitors imagine. It additionally discusses feminist, queer and post-colonial rules approximately learning sleek and post-modern event. With examples from own existence (including self and identification, relational and intimate existence, dying, demise and life-politics) to deliver thought to lifestyles, this transparent and concise new textual content on modern social conception and social swap is perfect for college students of sociology, cultural stories and social concept.
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Which have secured order not through overt violence but through a micro-politics of discipline whereby people have been morally regulated into conformity. This system of social control has been, at least in part, made possible by the ‘advances’ in scientific medicine and by the emergence of new forms of knowledge: criminology, penology, sociology, psychology and so forth. (Turner 1995: 12) Foucault was concerned with how the body was the focal point for modern disciplinary power, as the ultimate site of political control, surveillance and regulation.
The core argument put forward in the chapter is that what is termed the ‘deconstructive turn’ in sociology is not reducible to poststructuralism – or even to theoretical postmodernism (see Chapter 4) – as is sometimes implied. Rather, to more fully comprehend this turn, we must also consider radical difference theories, reflexive methodology critiques and their arguments for reflexive sociology. Combined, these arguments shaped a deconstructive movement that radically disrupted grand narratives of modernity and modernist sociological claims about the social.
Overall, the Frankfurt School combined Marxian, Weberian and Freudian ideas amongst others for an integrated understanding of modernity. Theorists like Adorno (1903–69), Horkheimer (1895–1973) and Marcuse (1898–1979) sought to critique the culture of liberal capitalism and its ideological functions (see Bottomore 2002; Calhoun 2002b; May 1996). Rejecting scientific Marxism and critiquing the dominant positivist (the idea that social facts were out there to be observed and measured) and interpretivist (the idea that the social world could be known by focusing on humans’ interpretations of it) epistemological frames for legitimizing social knowledge, they sought to develop theory as a self-consciously political form of knowledge that would facilitate emancipation.