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Current Perspectives in Social Theory

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ISSN: 0278-1204

Editor: Dr Harry Dahms
Subject: Sociology and Public Policy (view other series in this subject area)Thomson Reuters logo. Scopus logo.
2018 ISI Impact Factor: 0.333   

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Current Perspectives in Social Theory (CPST) presents essays on major issues in contemporary theoretical sociology, providing both critical overviews of major debates and original contributions by specialists working in social theory, sociological theory, and critical theory.

Papers published in CPST are double blind peer-reviewed. For more details about Emerald's approach to Publication Ethics; please refer to the company guidelines.

Read a sample chapter for FREE; to gain a flavour of the high quality work published in the series:

Wellmer, A. (2012), Adorno, Advocate of the Nonidentical: An Introduction, Theorizing Modern Society as a Dynamic Process (Current Perspectives in Social Theory, Volume 30), pp.35-60

While the series presents a forum for a wide range of theoretical issues in sociology and related disciplines, each volume collects contributions that share a common orientation, theme or challenge.  Authors are encouraged to address and assess the continuing relevance of classical and twentieth-century contributions to social theory, as individual societies as well as human civilization continue to undergo changes at an accelerating pace and to apply earlier theories to current conditions, in the interest of taking steps toward recognizing and capturing novel phenomena and trends.

Current Perspectives in Social Theory is inspired by the notion that we live in an age when theoretical investigations are becoming ever more important in efforts to both explain and make sense of the world—a world that is fraught by complexities, contradictions, and contingencies in ways that have the potential of both enhancing and impeding the rigorous illumination of societal conditions and processes on Earth today.

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CPST is proud to support the International Social Theory Consortium. More information about this year's conference can be found here. We look forward to seeing papers from the event in forthcoming volumes of CPST.

Shane Willson discusses critical theory, its history, evolution and future, with CPST editor Dr. Harry F. Dahms. His insights into the work of Marx, Durkheim, and Weber show how critical theory emerged, and how it, along with the classics, has continued relevance for understanding modern capitalist society. Dahms argues that critical theory is essential to sociology as a discipline and to basic empirical research, and that "artifice" is a next step in the evolution of the conceptual framework of critical theory for its analysis of modern society. Watch the video here.

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States and Citizens Accommodation, Facilitation and Resistance to Globalization, Volume 34
Edited by: Jon Shefner, University of Tennessee at Knoxville

Globalization has been subjected to a variety of analyses over the past thirty years, ranging from examinations of homogenizing cultural trends to the pressures of economic austerity and trade relations to the declining influence of states. This volume examines how states and citizens have been able to address globalization in different ways across the Global North and South. This volume pushes forward theoretical understandings of how concrete institutions express agency even in the face of what seems like monolithic and inevitable structures of globalization. The actions taken by states and citizens further inform us about how globalization can be further shaped in the pursuit of social justice.

Globalization, Critique and Social Theory Diagnoses and Challenges, Volume 33
Edited by: Harry F. Dahms, University of Tennessee at Knoxville

In recent years, under the impression and the burden of globalization and neoliberalism, debates about the relationship between the theory and practice of progress - including the theory and practice of social critique - have gone through an unexpected and momentous revival, renewal and rejuvenation. This is due in large part to the proliferation of manifest crises in the early years of the twenty-first century. The terrorist attacks in September of 2001, the financial crisis of 2008 that spawned the Great Recession, the Euro crisis that began in fall 2010 - these events provided glimpses of the existing system of political economy, and opportunities to begin to grasp and reveal the ongoing reconstruction of business-labor-government relations in the early 21st century. Yet, in a variety of ways, the notions that theories and practices of rigorous social critique in and of modern societies could become outdated, or that they were based on a categorical misunderstanding of the nature of social, economic, political and cultural life in the modern world, were symptomatic of an ongoing reconfiguration of the system of political economy itself.

Past volumes

Mediations of Social Life in the 21st Century, Volume 32
Edited by: Harry F. Dahms, University of Tennessee at Knoxville

Social Theories of History and Histories of Social Theory, Volume 31
Edited by: Harry F. Dahms, University of Tennessee at Knoxville

Theorizing Modern Society as a Dynamic Process, Volume 30
Edited by: Harry F. Dahms, and Lawrence Hazelrigg, Florida State University

Review of The Vitality of Critical Theory, Volume 28

‘As a unified collection of essays on critical theory, The Vitality of Critical Theory is a tour de force that merits wide readership.’ Mark Worrell, Review in Critical Sociology, 1-4, 2014.

Editorial contact details

Series Editor
Dr Harry Dahms
University of Tennessee at Knoxville
[email protected]

Philippa Grand
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