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  • EBA Cambridge EBooks  (18)
  • 1
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    2017
    ISBN: 9781783085026  ISBN: 9781783085002 (hardback) 
    Person(s): Browne, Craig
    Title: Habermas and Giddens on praxis and modernity
    Subtitle: a constructive comparison
    Publisher(s): Anthem Press
    Year of publication: 2017
    Document type: Online Resource
    Physical description: 1 online resource (306 pages)
    ISBN: 9781783085026 , 9781783085002 (hardback)
    Terms of use: Vorläufiger Zugriff bis zum Jahresende
    Abstract: In Habermas and Giddens on Praxis and Modernity Craig Browne investigates how two of the most important and influential contemporary social theorists have sought to develop the modernist visions of the constitution of society through the autonomous actions of subjects. Comparing Habermas's and Giddens's conceptions of the constitution of society, interpretations of the social-structural impediments to subjects' autonomy and attempts to delineate potentials for progressive social change within contemporary society, Browne draws on his own work, which has extended aspects of the social theorists' approach to modernity. Despite the criticisms developed over the course of the book, Habermas and Giddens are found to be two of the most important theorists of democratization and social democracy, the dynamics of capitalist modernity and their paradoxes, social practices and reflexivity, and the foundations of social theory in the problem of the relationship of social action and social structure
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  • 2
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    2017
    ISBN: 9780511843044  ISBN: 9780521865586 (hardback) 
    Title: The transformative mind
    Subtitle: expanding Vygotsky's approach to development and education
    Publisher(s): Cambridge University Press
    Year of publication: 2017
    Document type: Online Resource
    Physical description: 1 online resource (xi, 421 pages)
    ISBN: 9780511843044 , 9780521865586 (hardback)
    Terms of use: Vorläufiger Zugriff bis zum Jahresende
    Abstract: The book suggests a transition from a relational worldview premised on the socio-political ethos of adaptation towards a transformative worldview premised on the ethos of solidarity and equality. Expansively developing Vygotsky's revolutionary project, the Transformative Activist Stance integrates insights from a vast array of critical and sociocultural theories and pedagogies and moves beyond their impasses to address the crisis of inequality. This captures the dynamics of social transformation and agency in moving beyond theoretical and political canons of the status quo. The focus is on the nexus of people co-creating history and society while being interactively created by their own transformative agency. Revealing development and mind as agentive contributions to the 'world-in-the-making' from an activist stance guided by a sought-after future, this approach culminates in implications for research with transformative agendas and a pedagogy of daring. Along the way, many key theories of mind, development and education are challenged and radically reworked
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  • 3
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    2017
    ISBN: 9781316717394  ISBN: 9781107168473 (hardback)  ISBN: 9781316616444 (paperback) 
    Title: A democratic bearing
    Subtitle: admirable citizens, uneven injustice, and critical theory
    Publisher(s): Cambridge University Press
    Year of publication: 2017
    Document type: Online Resource
    Physical description: 1 online resource (xxiv, 217 pages)
    ISBN: 9781316717394 , 9781107168473 (hardback) , 9781316616444 (paperback)
    Terms of use: Vorläufiger Zugriff bis zum Jahresende
    Abstract: In this rich analysis of the changing ideals of citizenship, Stephen K. White offers a path for the renewal of democratic life in the twenty-first century. Looking beyond passive notions of citizenship defined in terms of voting or passport possession, White seeks a more aspirational portrait, both participatory and inclusive, that challenges citizens, especially in the middle class, to confront power structures to achieve greater justice. Using the Tea Party and followers of Donald Trump as foils, he shows how these groups' resentful and exclusivist conceptions of active citizenship undermine democratic aspirations. White explores how such deleterious influence might be effectively engaged by a robust counter-conception on the democratic left. The book makes this aspirational ideal conceptually clear, normatively compelling and aesthetically attractive
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  • 4
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    2015
    ISBN: 9781316227657  ISBN: 9781107107373 (hardback)  ISBN: 9781107514713 (paperback) 
    Title: Reconstructing sociology
    Subtitle: the critical realist approach
    Publisher(s): Cambridge University Press
    Year of publication: 2015
    Document type: Online Resource
    Physical description: 1 online resource (ix, 242 pages)
    ISBN: 9781316227657 , 9781107107373 (hardback) , 9781107514713 (paperback)
    Terms of use: Vorläufiger Zugriff bis zum Jahresende
    Abstract: Critical realism is a philosophy of science that positions itself against the major alternative philosophies underlying contemporary sociology. This book offers a general critique of sociology, particularly sociology in the United States, from a critical realist perspective. It also acts as an introduction to critical realism for students and scholars of sociology. Written in a lively, accessible style, Douglas V. Porpora argues that sociology currently operates with deficient accounts of truth, culture, structure, agency, and causality that are all better served by a critical realist perspective. This approach argues against the alternative sociological perspectives, in particular the dominant positivism which privileges statistical techniques and experimental design over ethnographic and historical approaches. However, the book also compares critical realism favourably with a range of other approaches, including poststructuralism, pragmatism, interpretivism, practice theory, and relational sociology. Numerous sociological examples are included, and each chapter addresses well-known and current work in sociology
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  • 5
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    2014
    ISBN: 9781783082971  ISBN: 9781783082964 (hardback) 
    Contributer: Susen, Simon , Turner, Bryan S.
    Title: The spirit of Luc Boltanski
    Subtitle: essays on the 'Pragmatic sociology of critique'
    Publisher(s): Anthem Press
    Year of publication: 2014
    Document type: Online Resource
    Physical description: 1 online resource (xxix, 851 pages)
    ISBN: 9781783082971 , 9781783082964 (hardback)
    Terms of use: Vorläufiger Zugriff bis zum Jahresende
    Abstract: What is the relevance of Luc Boltanski's 'pragmatic sociology of critique' to central issues in contemporary social and political analysis? In seeking to respond to this question, this book contains critical commentaries from prominent social theorists attempting to map out the influence and broad scope of Boltanski's oeuvre
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  • 6
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    2013
    ISBN: 9781781386286  ISBN: 9781846318665 (hardback) 
    Person(s): Nesbitt, Nick
    Title: Caribbean critique
    Subtitle: Antillean critical theory from Toussaint to Glissant
    Publisher(s): Liverpool University Press
    Year of publication: 2013
    Document type: Online Resource
    Physical description: 1 online resource (xiii, 346 pages)
    ISBN: 9781781386286 , 9781846318665 (hardback)
    Terms of use: Vorläufiger Zugriff bis zum Jahresende
    Abstract: Caribbean Critique seeks to define and analyze the distinctive contribution of francophone Caribbean thinkers to perimetric Critical Theory. The book argues that their singular project has been to forge a brand of critique that, while borrowing from North Atlantic predecessors such as Rousseau, Hegel, Marx, and Sartre, was from the start indelibly marked by the Middle Passage, slavery, and colonialism. Chapters and sections address figures such as Toussaint Louverture, Baron de Vastey, Victor Schoelcher, Aimé Césaire, René Ménil, Frantz Fanon, Maryse Condé, and Edouard Glissant, while an extensive theoretical introduction defines the essential parameters of 'Caribbean Critique.'
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  • 7
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    2011
    ISBN: 9780511977039  ISBN: 9781107006959 (hardback)  ISBN: 9781107660656 (paperback) 
    Person(s): Abromeit, John
    Title: Max Horkheimer and the foundations of the Frankfurt School
    Publisher(s): Cambridge University Press
    Year of publication: 2011
    Document type: Online Resource
    Physical description: 1 online resource (xiii, 441 pages)
    ISBN: 9780511977039 , 9781107006959 (hardback) , 9781107660656 (paperback)
    Terms of use: Vorläufiger Zugriff bis zum Jahresende
    Abstract: This book is the first comprehensive intellectual biography of Max Horkheimer during the early and middle phases of his life (1895–1941). Drawing on unexamined new sources, John Abromeit describes the critical details of Horkheimer's intellectual development. This study recovers and reconstructs the model of early Critical Theory that guided the work of the Institute for Social Research in the 1930s. Horkheimer is remembered primarily as the co-author of Dialectic of Enlightenment, which he wrote with Theodor W. Adorno in the early 1940s. But few people realize that Horkheimer and Adorno did not begin working together seriously until the late 1930s or that the model of Critical Theory developed by Horkheimer and Erich Fromm in the late 1920s and early 1930s differs in crucial ways from Dialectic of Enlightenment. Abromeit highlights the ways in which Horkheimer's early Critical Theory remains relevant to contemporary theoretical discussions in a wide variety of fields
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  • 8
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    2010
    ISBN: 9780748643295  ISBN: 9780748638635 (hardback)  ISBN: 9780748649044 (paperback) 
    Person(s): Noys, Benjamin
    Title: The persistence of the negative
    Subtitle: a critique of contemporary continental theory
    Publisher(s): Edinburgh University Press
    Year of publication: 2010
    Document type: Online Resource
    Physical description: 1 online resource (xii, 196 pages)
    ISBN: 9780748643295 , 9780748638635 (hardback) , 9780748649044 (paperback)
    Terms of use: Vorläufiger Zugriff bis zum Jahresende
    Abstract: The Persistence of the Negative offers an original and compelling critique of contemporary Continental theory through a rehabilitation of the negative
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  • 9
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    2009
    ISBN: 9780511642227  ISBN: 9780521873734 (hardback)  ISBN: 9780521695459 (paperback) 
    Title: The cosmopolitan imagination
    Subtitle: the renewal of critical social theory
    Publisher(s): Cambridge University Press
    Year of publication: 2009
    Document type: Online Resource
    Physical description: 1 online resource (x, 296 pages)
    ISBN: 9780511642227 , 9780521873734 (hardback) , 9780521695459 (paperback)
    Terms of use: Vorläufiger Zugriff bis zum Jahresende
    Abstract: Gerard Delanty provides a comprehensive assessment of the idea of cosmopolitanism in social and political thought which links cosmopolitan theory with critical social theory. He argues that cosmopolitanism has a critical dimension which offers a solution to one of the weaknesses in the critical theory tradition: failure to respond to the challenges of globalization and intercultural communication. Critical cosmopolitanism, he proposes, is an approach that is not only relevant to social scientific analysis but also normatively grounded in a critical attitude. Delanty's argument for a critical, sociologically oriented cosmopolitanism aims to avoid, on the one hand, purely normative conceptions of cosmopolitanism and, on the other, approaches that reduce cosmopolitanism to the empirical expression of diversity. He attempts to take cosmopolitan theory beyond the largely Western context with which it has generally been associated, claiming that cosmopolitan analysis must now take into account non-Western expressions of cosmopolitanism
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  • 10
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    2007
    ISBN: 9780511498732  ISBN: 9780521864459 (hardback)  ISBN: 9780521184380 (paperback) 
    Contributer: Brink, Bert van den , Owen, David
    Title: Recognition and power
    Subtitle: Axel Honneth and the tradition of critical social theory
    Publisher(s): Cambridge University Press
    Year of publication: 2007
    Document type: Online Resource
    Physical description: 1 online resource (xiv, 399 pages)
    ISBN: 9780511498732 , 9780521864459 (hardback) , 9780521184380 (paperback)
    Terms of use: Vorläufiger Zugriff bis zum Jahresende
    Abstract: The topic of recognition has come to occupy a central place in debates in social and political theory. Developed by George Herbert Mead and Charles Taylor, it has been given expression in the program for Critical Theory developed by Axel Honneth in his book The Struggle for Recognition. Honneth's research program offers an empirically insightful way of reflecting on emancipatory struggles for greater justice and a powerful theoretical tool for generating a conception of justice and the good that enables the normative evaluation of such struggles. This 2007 volume offers a critical clarification and evaluation of this research program, particularly its relationship to the other major development in critical social and political theory; namely, the focus on power as formative of practical identities (or forms of subjectivity) proposed by Michel Foucault and developed by theorists such as Judith Butler, James Tully, and Iris Marion Young
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