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  • 1
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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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  • 2
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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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  • 3
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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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  • 4
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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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  • 5
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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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  • 6
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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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  • 7
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    2006
    ISBN: 9780511486104  ISBN: 9780521847339 (hardback)  ISBN: 9780521090568 (paperback) 
    Title: Early American women critics
    Subtitle: performance, religion, race
    Publisher(s): Cambridge University Press
    Year of publication: 2006
    Document type: Online Resource
    Physical description: 1 online resource (xi, 241 pages)
    ISBN: 9780511486104 , 9780521847339 (hardback) , 9780521090568 (paperback)
    Terms of use: Vorläufiger Zugriff bis zum Jahresende
    Abstract: Early American Women Critics demonstrates that performances of various kinds - religious, political and cultural - enabled women to enter the human rights debates that roiled the American colonies and young republic. Black and white women staked their claims on American citizenship through disparate performances of spirit possession, patriotism, poetic and theatrical production. They protected themselves within various shields which allowed them to speak openly while keeping the individual basis of their identities invisible. Cima shows that between the First and Second Great Religious Awakenings (1730s–1830s), women from West Africa, Europe, and various corners of the American colonies self-consciously adopted performance strategies that enabled them to critique American culture and establish their own diverse and contradictory claims on the body politic. This book restores the primacy of religious performances - Christian, Yoruban, Bantu and Muslim - to the study of early American cultural and political histories, revealing that religion and race are inseparable
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  • 8
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    2006
    ISBN: 9780511610691  ISBN: 9780521854696 (hardback)  ISBN: 9780521670982 (paperback) 
    Title: Continental philosophy of social science
    Subtitle: hermeneutics, genealogy, critical theory
    Publisher(s): Cambridge University Press
    Year of publication: 2006
    Document type: Online Resource
    Physical description: 1 online resource (ix, 241 pages)
    ISBN: 9780511610691 , 9780521854696 (hardback) , 9780521670982 (paperback)
    Terms of use: Vorläufiger Zugriff bis zum Jahresende
    Abstract: Continental Philosophy of Social Science demonstrates the unique and autonomous nature of the continental approach to social science and contrasts it with the Anglo-American tradition. Yvonne Sherratt argues for the importance of an historical understanding of the Continental tradition in order to appreciate its individual, humanist character. Examining the key traditions of hermeneutic, genealogy, and critical theory, and the texts of major thinkers such as Gadamer, Ricoeur, Derrida, Nietzsche, Foucault, the Early Frankfurt School and Habermas, she also contextualizes contemporary developments within strands of thought stemming back to Ancient Greece and Rome. Sherratt shows how these modes of thinking developed through medieval Christian thought into the Enlightenment and Romantic eras, before becoming mainstays of twentieth-century disciplines. Continental Philosophy of Social Science will serve as the essential textbook for courses in philosophy or social sciences
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  • 9
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    2003
    ISBN: 9780511546655  ISBN: 9780521827218 (hardback)  ISBN: 9781107403338 (paperback) 
    Person(s): Jabri, Youssef
    Title: The mountain pass theorem
    Subtitle: variants, generalizations, and some applications
    Publisher(s): Cambridge University Press
    Year of publication: 2003
    Document type: Online Resource
    Physical description: 1 online resource (xii, 369 pages)
    ISBN: 9780511546655 , 9780521827218 (hardback) , 9781107403338 (paperback)
    Terms of use: Vorläufiger Zugriff bis zum Jahresende
    Abstract: This 2003 book presents min-max methods through a study of the different faces of the celebrated Mountain Pass Theorem (MPT) of Ambrosetti and Rabinowitz. The reader is led from the most accessible results to the forefront of the theory, and at each step in this walk between the hills, the author presents the extensions and variants of the MPT in a complete and unified way. Coverage includes standard topics, but it also covers other topics covered nowhere else in book form: the non-smooth MPT; the geometrically constrained MPT; numerical approaches to the MPT; and even more exotic variants. Each chapter has a section with supplementary comments and bibliographical notes, and there is a rich bibliography and a detailed index to aid the reader. The book is suitable for researchers and graduate students. Nevertheless, the style and the choice of the material make it accessible to all newcomers to the field
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  • 10
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    1997
    ISBN: 9780511583100  ISBN: 9780521571852 (hardback)  ISBN: 9780521576796 (paperback) 
    Person(s): Steele, Meili
    Title: Theorizing textual subjects
    Subtitle: agency and oppression
    Publisher(s): Cambridge University Press
    Year of publication: 1997
    Document type: Online Resource
    Physical description: 1 online resource (viii, 225 pages)
    ISBN: 9780511583100 , 9780521571852 (hardback) , 9780521576796 (paperback)
    Terms of use: Vorläufiger Zugriff bis zum Jahresende
    Abstract: This book addresses the central crisis in critical theory today: how to theorise the subject as both a construct of oppressive discourse and a dialogical agent. By engaging with a wide range of leading political, philosophical, and critical thinkers - Jameson, Habermas, MacIntyre, Rorty, Taylor, Benhabib, and West are all critiqued - Meili Steele proposes linking language with human agency in order to develop an alternative textual and ethical theory of the subject. Steele shows how constructivist theories of agency fail to account for the ethical implications of the supposed contingency of all contexts, and how dialogical theorists fail to acknowledge the insight of postmodern critiques. Developing this theory through readings of texts that address issues of identity, politics, race, and feminist theory, Steele illustrates that we do not have to choose between an idealised or demonised modernity
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