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The Foundations of the Social
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Simon Susen's critical discussion of Bourdieu and Habermas is one of the most impressive I have ever read, and his project of bringing them together is exceptionally timely and worthwhile. This book is a major contribution to the literature. - William Outhwaite, Professor of Sociology, Newcastle University
A stunning tour de force in the synthesis of social theory. - Peter Hamilton, The Open University
In this lucid and provocative text, Simon Susen convincingly challenges the common view that Pierre Bourdieu and Jürgen Habermas are involved in antithetical and irreconcilable enterprises. Susen not only shows the striking commonality between the two intellectual projects; his innovative reading of both authors leads to a bold and exciting agenda for social theory. I recommend this book highly for anyone with an interest in critically engaged theorising of the social world - Patrick Baert, Fellow of Selwyn College, Cambridge
Reviews of The Foundations of the Social:
Sahni, Isher-Paul (2008) 'Book Review of Simon Susen (2007) The Foundations of the Social: Between Critical Theory and Reflexive Sociology. Oxford: The Bardwell Press', Canadian Journal of Sociology – Cahiers canadiens de sociologie 33(3): 712-714.
About the Author:
Simon Susen is Lecturer in the Department of Sociology at Goldsmiths College, University of London. He received his PhD from the University of Cambridge and studied sociology, politics, and philosophy at various universities and research centres around the world, including the University of Edinburgh, the Colegio de México, the Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales in Mexico City, and the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris. Along with John O'Neill and Bryan S. Turner, he is Editor of the Journal of Classical Sociology.
Part I: The Reflection of Critical Theory: 'Critique of Society’ or ‘Society of Critique’?
Chapter 1 - The Concept of Critical Theory
Part II: The Critique of Reflexive Sociology: ‘Critical Sociology’ or ‘Sociology of Critique’?
Chapter 5 - The Concept of Reflexive Sociology
Part III: Between Critical Theory and Reflexive Sociology: From the Ontological Foundations
Chapter 9 - The Cross-Fertilisation of Critical Theory and Reflexive Sociology