Emerald Guides to Social Thought

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Series Editor

Professor John Scott, Visiting Professor at the Universities of Copenhagen, Exeter and Essex.


The Emerald Guides are a series of student-oriented guides to major thinkers on social issues.

Each book is an authoritative primer that takes the reader through the key ideas of a thinker in order to provide a firm foundation for an independent reading of primary texts, for engagement with the secondary literature, and for reading contemporary extensions and elaborations of those ideas. The Guides demonstrate the mind of the theorist at work by tracing the development of that thought through successive texts or by elucidating the various topics to which they have been applied.

Emerald Guides place the work of a thinker in the context of her or his life and times. Substantive and comprehensive chapters on key issues are followed by full guides to sources of information and translation that provide a clear ‘map’ of the thinker’s intellectual development, and to major items of commentary, debate, and application of their ideas. The Guides are uniquely authoritative and accessible and provide the foundations of a scholarly library that allow the reader to develop his or her own ideas regarding influential thinkers.

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