Sociology in the Twenty-First Century

Key Trends, Debates, and Challenges

  • Simon Susen

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiii
  2. Intimations of Postcoloniality

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      Pages 1-1
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  3. Intimations of Globality

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      Pages 53-53
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  4. Intimations of Canonicity

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      Pages 95-95
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  5. Intimations of Historicity

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 147-147
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  6. Intimations of Disciplinarity

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 195-195
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  7. Intimations of Hegemony

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      Pages 239-239
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  8. Intimations of Reflexivity

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  9. Back Matter
    Pages 343-623

About this book


“A comprehensive and judicious account of the intellectual and material state of sociology, based on omnivorous reading and incisive analysis. The writing is beautifully clear and the book is a major contribution to the self-understanding of the discipline.” — William Outhwaite, Professor of Sociology at Newcastle University, UK

This book examines key trends, debates, and challenges in twenty-first-century sociology.  To this end, it focuses on significant issues surrounding the nature of sociology (‘What is sociology?’), the history of sociology (‘How has sociology evolved?’), and the study of sociology (‘How can or should we make sense of sociology?’). 

These issues have been, and will continue to be, essential to the creation of conceptually informed, methodologically rigorous, and empirically substantiated research programmes in the discipline.  Over the past years, however, there have been numerous disputes and controversies concerning the future of sociology. Particularly important in this respect are recent and ongoing discussions on the possibilities of developing new – and, arguably, post-classical – forms of sociology.  The central assumption underlying most of these projects is the contention that a comprehensive analysis of the principal challenges faced by global society requires the construction of a sociology capable of accounting for the interconnectedness of social actors and social structures across time and space.  

This book provides a cutting-edge overview of crucial past, present, and possible future trends, debates, and challenges shaping the pursuit of sociological inquiry.


classical social theory contemporary social theory postcolonialism globalization canonicity historicity disciplinarity hegemony

Authors and affiliations

  • Simon Susen
    • 1
  1. 1.City, University of LondonLondonUK

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-38423-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-38424-1
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