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Douglas Mann

Understanding Society
A Survey of Modern Social Theory, Second Edition
ISBN 13: 9780195432503

About the Book

Understanding Society: A Survey of Modern Social Theory focuses on contemporary social theory (1930s to the present), while also covering classical theory in its opening chapters. The second edition maintains the topical organization of the text, grouping theorists into major categories including critical theory; structuralism and post-structuralism; feminism; and globalization. New material includes a brand-new chapter on the somatic aspects of personal identity, as well as contemporary debates on communications, popular culture, the global village, corporatism, globalization, race, gender and sexuality. Canadian-authored, this text emphasizes Canadian examples and theorists, including well-known figures such as Erving Goffman and Marshall McLuhan. Preserving the lively and engaging narrative style of the first edition, author Douglas Mann now weaves fictional vignettes into each chapter; these vignettes complement his clear and critical commentaries and make the material accessible and relatable for students.

Preserving the lively and engaging narrative style of the first edition, author Douglas Mann now weaves fictional vignettes into each chapter; these vignettes complement his clear and critical commentaries and make the material accessible and relatable for students.


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