Theorizing the Dynamics of Social Processes Vol: 27

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18 Aug 2010
Emerald Group Publishing Limited
392 pages - 156 x 234 x 33mm
Current Perspectives in Social Theory


The chapters in this volume represent steps in the direction of demonstrating the importance of efforts to theorize the dynamics of specific social, cultural, political, and/or economic processes to the social sciences in general. They aim to clarify how those efforts are central to the core mission of each of the social sciences, and how social theory is both especially well positioned to tackle this challenge and to accept responsibility for illuminating related possibilities. The papers address the nature and importance of 'process' in studying modern (industrialized, post-industrial, capitalist, postmodern, globalizing, etc.) societies - at macro, meso, or micro-scale. The volume's overall purpose is to assemble a set of essays that invent, develop, and/or demonstrate strategies for theorizing one or several dynamic processes, so as to identify, illustrate by example, and analyze specific problems as well as connect theorizations of process across different disciplines of inquiry.
EDITORIAL BOARD. List of Contributors. Introduction. On theorizing the dynamics of process: A propaedeutic introduction. Affinities between the project of dynamic theory and the tradition of critical theory: A sketch. History and the “processing” of class in social theory. Domination, contention, and the negotiation of inequality: A theoretical proposal. The labor–value relation and its transformations: Revisiting Marx's value theory. Globalization in and out, or “how can there be a constructivist theory of globalization?”. Conceptualizing globalization in terms of flows. Why Nazified Germans killed Jewish people: insights from agent-based modeling of genocidal actions. Economy and field in the rise of postmodern architecture. Current Perspectives in Social Theory. Theorizing the dynamics of Social Processes. Copyright page.

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