This book brings together a collection of work from emerging and established scholars who have put forth a vision of what critical sociology is and what it could be in the early decades of the 21st century. Pushing beyond the theoretical outlines of sociological critique, the authors demonstrate how critical sociology is practiced through conceptual innovation and empirical analyses interweaving the themes of society, power, and culture.
Interrogating the Social reinvents the project of critical sociology in two ways: by reflecting upon society as an object of inquiry; and by questioning the existing social order's self-evident character and exclusionary effects. In doing so, it answers three related questions: How should social relations and interactions be re-thought today? What new institutional and discursive configurations of power are emerging? How do we make sense of contemporary cultural performances and movements?
This edited collection is suited to a w
ide and diverse audience across the disciplines of sociology, political science, social and political theory, and cultural studies.
Fuyuki Kurasawa is Associate Professor of Sociology, Political Science, and Social and Political Thought at York University, Canada and holds the York Research Chair in Global Digital Citizenship.
1. An Invitation to Critical Sociology; Fuyuki Kurasawa.- 2. Interaction, Indifference, Injustice: Elements of a Normative Theory of Urban Solidarity; Mervyn Horgan.- 3. Towards a Sociological Account of Political Agon: (Re)considering the Social Dimensions of Agonal Democracy; Philip Alexander Steiner.- 4.The Business Cycle and Capitalist Social Regulation: The Origins of Economic Government; Matthew F. Hayes.- 5. Civil Society Reconfigured: Manag(erializ)ing AIDS in Uganda; Marcia Oliver and Stephen Tasson.- 6. A Critical Sociology of International Expertise: The Case of International Democracy Assistance; Michael Christensen.- 7.The Fun and Games of Creative Citizenship: Urban Cultural Policy and Participatory Public Art; Saara Liinamaa.- 8. Body Worlds and the Social Life of the Plastinated Body: Considerations on the Biotechnology of Plastination; Elisabeth Rondinelli.- 9. Faith in Progress: Evolutionism and the New Atheism; Stephen LeDrew.