By William Outhwaite(auth.)
Chapter 1 The Origins of “Society” (pages 1–14):
Chapter 2 Society and the person: Neo?Liberalism, Social Constructionism and Communitarianism (pages 15–33):
Chapter three Postmodernism (pages 34–44):
Chapter four Globalization (pages 45–53):
Chapter five Modernity and Society (pages 55–74):
Chapter 6 in the direction of a Synthesis: idea and Metatheory (pages 75–96):
Chapter 7 Society Lite: Theories of Civil Society (pages 97–107):
Chapter eight Is There a eu Society (pages 108–124):
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11 Whatever important things happened at the western extremity of Eurasia in the second half of the last millennium, they must be seen in a broader historical and geographical context. 46 TFOC04 46 10/10/2005, 10:56 AM Globalization The British sociologist, Martin Albrow’s theoretical allegiances are to Weber more than to Marx, but he differs from Weber and from many of the writers discussed in Chapter 5 in his belief that we have gone beyond modernity (and also postmodernity, which retains a definitional reference to modernity) in entering what he calls the Global Age.
The shock appeal of postmodern analyses derived largely from this chronological claim, 40 TFOC03 40 10/10/2005, 10:56 AM Postmodernism made paradigmatically in Lyotard’s slogan of the end of grand narratives. Postmodernism, as it came to be known, was presented as not just a theoretical or metatheoretical option; it was allegedly underwritten by the movement of the advanced societies themselves towards a postmodern state. ”36 Lyotard himself, however, more or less immediately backed away from this chronological claim, asserting the coexistence of modern and postmodern motifs and suggesting, rather irritatingly, that the postmodern could precede the modern as easily as follow it.
The metaphor is seductive, if one thinks of closely argued multi-volume treatises in philosophy or sociology and the latter’s indisputable connections to social policy and social engineering. 39 In the philosophy of history and of the other social sciences, this contrast has traditionally been drawn between empiricism or positivism, on the one hand, and hermeneutic understanding, on the other. There is a good deal to this: in terms of the classical social theorists discussed in Chapter 1, above, one can see a line of division between a scientistic emphasis in Marx and Durkheim and the more tentative approach of Weber and particularly Simmel.
The Future of Society by William Outhwaite(auth.)