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Continuing the Struggle for Justice: 100 Years of the National Council on Crime and Delinquency

by Barry Krisberg et al SAGE Publications, Inc
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This comprehensive book provides an indispensable introduction to the most significant figures in contemporary social theory. Grounded strongly in the European tradition, the profiles include Michel Foucault, Jurgen Habermas, Roland Barthes, Jean Baudrillard, Pierre Bourdieu, Zygmunt Bauman, Martin Heidegger, Fredric Jameson, Richard Rorty, Nancy Chodorow, Anthony Giddens, Stuart Hall, Luce Irigaray and Donna Haraway. In guiding students through the key figures in an accessible and authoritative fashion, the book provides detailed accounts of the development of the work of major social theorists and charts the relationship between different traditions of social, cultural and political thought. Profiles in Contemporary Social Theory will become a major reference work in the field of social theory because it offers in-depth commentaries that comprehensively examine the contents, contexts and critical evaluation of key theorists of the day.

Editors' Introduction - Anthony Elliott and Bryan S Turner Martin Heidegger - Richard Polt Georges Bataille - Michael Richardson Maurice Merleau-Ponty - Nick Crossley Herbert Marcuse - Douglas Kellner Theodor Adorno - Andrew Bowie Walter Benjamin - Graeme Gilloch Jurgen Habermas - Patrick Baert Erving Goffman - Ann Branaman Peter Berger - Bryan S Turner Michel Foucault - Stephen Katz Jean-Francois Lyotard - Victor J Seidler Jacques Lacan - Anthony Elliott Jacques Derrida - Christina Howells Roland Barthes - Chris Rojek Julia Kristeva - Kelly Oliver Luce Irigaray - Caroline Bainbridge Jean Baudrillard - Mike Gane Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guatarri - Paul Patton Paul Virilio - John Armitage Henri Lefebvre - Rob Shields Paul Ricoeur - Kathleen Blamey Niklas Luhmann - Jakob Arnoldi Charles Taylor - Marcos Ancelovici and Francis Dupuis-Deri Richard Rorty - Bryan S Turner Nancy Chodorow - Geoffrey Gershenson and Michelle Williams Anthony Giddens - Anthony Elliott Ulrich Beck - Nick Stevenson Pierre Bourdieu - Bridget Fowler Zygmunt Bauman - Barry Smart Donna J Haraway - Patricia Ticineto Clough and Joseph Schneider Fredric Jameson - Sean Homer Stuart Hall - Chris Rojek Juliet Mitchell - Sarah Wright Edward Said - Bryan S Turner

'The publication of this volume will make a dramatic impact, for it shifts the boundaries of current understandings of the field of social theory. It presents a set of cogent, well- informed, well-organized discussions of many authors who are not conventionally seen as relevant to that field. On the other hand, it also reconsiders a number of the field's established figures and focuses on their contribution to a few thematic concerns, which the editors formulate compellingly in their introduction' - Gianfranco Poggi, European University Institute 'A most innovative and creative collection of essays on contemporary social theory. What stands out about this book is the editors' choice of thinkers.... Included here are essays not only on many of the most important contemporary social theorists (including some interesting, even surprising, choices), but also on many of the thinkers of the recent past who are having a powerful impact on contemporary social thought. A welcome addition to the personal libraries of not only social theorists, but those in a wide range of specialities in the social sciences' - George Ritzer, University of Maryland
Bryan S. Turner is one of the worldas leading sociologists of religion; he has also devoted significant attention to sociological theory, the study of human rights, and the sociology of the body. In Vulnerability and Human Rights (Pennsylvania State University Press, 2006), he presents an interdisciplinary dialogue with the literature of economics, law, medicine, philosophy, political science, and religion. His current research involves the role of religion in contemporary Asia and the changing nature of citizenship in a globalizing world. Turner has written, coauthored, or edited more than seventy books and more than two hundred articles and chapters. The Body and Society: Explorations in Social Theory (Sage, 2008), first published in 1984, is in its third edition. He is also an author or editor of The Cambridge Dictionary of Sociology, The Blackwell Companion to Social Theory, and The Sage Handbook of Sociology. He is a founding editor of the journals Body and Society, Citizenship Studies, and Journal of Classical Sociology. Turner comes to the GC from Wellesley College, where he was Alona Evans Distinguished Visiting Professor; he is also professor of social and political thought at the University of Western Sydney, Australia. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Leeds and has been awarded the Doctor of Letters from both Flinders University in South Australia and the University of Cambridge.