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Arguments and Actions in Social Theory


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Peter Preston
    Pages 9-43
  3. Peter Preston
    Pages 44-77
  4. Peter Preston
    Pages 78-116
  5. Peter Preston
    Pages 117-146
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 147-189

About this book


This book argues that theorists are located within the social world; exercises in theorizing are both bounded and creative; imagination and creativity build upon the resources of tradition; and such awareness is the basis for dialogue with the denizens of other traditions, cultures and ways of making sense of the world.


community Nation nature social theory

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of BirminghamUK

About the authors

PETER PRESTON is Professor of Political Sociology at the University of Birmingham, UK, and Professor in the Department of Government and Public Administration at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Bibliographic information


'This splendid book provides a clear, readable and remarkably comprehensive overview of social theory" - Contemporary Sociology