Andy Blunden presents a critical review of theories of Concepts in cognitive psychology, analytical philosophy, linguistics, conceptual change theory and other disciplines. The problems in these disciplines has led many to abandon the idea of Concepts altogether, particularly those taking an interactionist approach. Blunden responds with an historical review focussing on the idealist philosophy of Hegel, its reception and transformation in the development of positive science and finally the cultural psychology of Lev Vygotsky. He then proposes an approach to Concepts which draws on Activity Theory. Concepts are equally subjective and objective, units of consciousness and of the cultural formation of which one is a part. This continues the author’s earlier work in An Interdisciplinary Theory of Activity (Brill 2010).
Nicole Trujillo-Pagán, Wayne State University
This volume explores the establishment of US colonial rule over Puerto Rico through the appropriation and usurpation of the status of local physicians, the undermining of their political legitimacy, and its role in the development of capitalism in the colony.
Sara R. Farris
Providing a detailed reconstruction of the concept of personality within Weber’s systematic studies of world religions, this book shows its complex development within three related problematics associated with Weber’s influential comparative historical sociology – individuation, politics and ...
Jeff Shantz, Kwantlen Polytechnic University and Dana M. Williams, Valdosta State University, GA
Anarchy & Society constructs a tentative synthesis of sociological and anarchist thought, providing a roadmap to a future ‘anarchist sociology’.
Shourideh C. Molavi, York University
In Stateless Citizenship, Shourideh C. Molavi examines the mechanisms of exclusion of Palestinian citizens in the Zionist incorporation regime, and centres our analytical gaze on the paradox that it is through the provision of Israeli citizenship that Palestinians are deemed stateless.
Laura Westra, University of Windsor and University of Milano, Bicocca
Legal "personhood" has granted corporations increasing powers while citizens and national governments face diminishing powers in the expanding global economy. As a result, corporate decisions undermine and even nullify legal decisions made by democratically elected governments designed to ...
Milan Zafirovski, University of North Texas and Daniel G. Rodeheaver, University of North Texas
In Modernity and Terrorism Zafirovski and Rodeheaver analyze the nature, types, and causes of terrorism. The book redefines terrorism in novel comprehensive way, considers counter-state and state terrorism, and identifies and predicts conservative anti-modernity as the main cause of terrorism.
Mansoor Moaddel, Eastern Michigan University and Stuart A. Karabenick, University of Michigan
In Religious Fundamentalism in the Middle East, Moaddel and Karabenick explain variations in fundamentalist beliefs and attitudes on both macro and micro level.
Edited by John J. Betancur, University of Illinois at Chicago and Cedric Herring, University of Illinois at Chicago
Reinventing Race, Reinventing Racism provides fresh theoretical insights and policy solutions that address intractable new forms of racism. This accessible book tackles important and timely issues that continue to affect the lives of Americans of all shades and ethnicities.
Horst J. Helle, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
As a founder of humanist sociology Simmel sent several important messages, identified and explained here as referring to interpretation, evolution, interaction, and alienation. Simmel’s ideas on these issues are confronted and compared with those of Karl Marx and Max Weber.
Henryk Szlajfer, Warsaw University and Polish Academy of Sciences
In Economic Nationalism and Globalization Henryk Szlajfer offers, against the background of developments in Latin America and Central Europe in times of globalization from late 19th century until late 1930s, a reinterpretation of economic nationalism both as an analytical category and historical ...
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