The triangular relationship between the social, the political and the cultural has opened up social and political theory to new challenges. The social can no longer be reduced to the category of society, and the political extends beyond the traditional concerns of the nature of the state and political authority.

This Handbook will address a range of issues that have recently emerged from the disciplines of social and political theory, focusing on key themes as opposed to schools of thought or major theorists. It is divided into three sections which address:

  • the most influential theoretical traditions that have emerged from the legacy of the twentieth century
  • the most important new and emerging frameworks of analysis today
  • the major theoretical problems in recent social and political theory.

The Routledge International Handbook of Contemporary Social and Political Theory encompasses the most up-to-date developments in contemporary social and political theory, and as such is an essential research tool for both undergraduate and postgraduate students, as well as researchers, working in the fields of political theory, social and political philosophy, contemporary social theory, and cultural theory.

part |2 pages

Part 1: Living Traditions

chapter |12 pages

The Marxist Legacy

ByPeter Beilharz

chapter |11 pages

Foucault and the Promise of Power without Dogma

ByGary Wickham

chapter |10 pages

Pierre Bourdieu and His Legacy

ByMarcel Fournier

chapter |11 pages

Lessons from Twentieth-century Political Philosophy before Rawls

ByJeremy Shearmur

chapter |9 pages

Liberalism after Communitarianism

ByCharles Blattberg

chapter |9 pages

Republicanism: Non-domination and the Free State

ByRichard Bellamy

chapter |10 pages

Pragmatism and Political Theory

ByRobert B. Talisse

chapter |17 pages

What is “Critical” about Critical Racial Theory?

ByPatricia Hill Collins

chapter |12 pages

Feminist Social and Political Theory

ByClare Colebrook

chapter |13 pages

Intellectuals and Society: Sociological and Historical Perspectives

ByPatrick Baert, Joel Isaac

part |2 pages

Part 2: New and Emerging Frameworks

chapter |11 pages

Power, Legitimacy, and Authority

ByStewart Clegg

chapter |12 pages

Social and Political Trust

ByKaren S. Cook, Brian D. Cook

chapter |11 pages

Environment and Risk

ByTimothy W. Luke

chapter |11 pages

Networks: The Technological and the Social

ByAmelia Arsenault

chapter |11 pages

Empire and Imperialism

ByKrishan Kumar

chapter |11 pages

Cosmopolitanism’s Theoretical and Substantive Dimensions

ByFuyuki Kurasawa

chapter |16 pages

Nature and Society

ByByron Kaldis

chapter |11 pages

Feminist Border Thought

ByElena Ruiz-Aho

chapter |14 pages

Contemporary Chinese Social and Political Thought

ByGuanjun Wu

part |2 pages

Part 3: Emerging Problems

chapter |11 pages

The Future of the State

ByGeorg Sørensen

chapter |11 pages

Transnational Activisms and the Global Justice Movement

ByDonatella della Porta and Raffaele Marchetti

chapter |11 pages

The Transnational Social Question

ByThomas Faist

chapter |10 pages

Hospitality, Rights, and Migrancy

ByMeyda Yeg˘enog˘lu

chapter |11 pages

Social suffering and the new politics of sentimentality

ByIain Wilkinson

chapter |11 pages

New Forms of Value Production

ByAdam Arvidsson

chapter |11 pages

Memory Practices and Theory in a Global Age

ByDaniel Levy

chapter |10 pages

Post-secular Society

ByAustin Harrington