- Written by leading social theorist William Outhwaite
- Asks if the notion of society is relevant in the twenty-first century
- Goes to the heart of contemporary social and political debate
- Examines critiques of the concept of society from neoliberals, postmodernists, and globalization theorists
1. The Origins of ‘Society’.
Part I: Critiques of Society.
2. Society and the Individual: Neoliberalism, Social Constructionism and Communitarianism.
Part II: Reconstructing Society.
5. Modernity and Society.
6. Towards a Synthesis? Theory and Metatheory.
Part III: Implications.
7. Society Lite? Theories of Civil Society.
8. Is There a European Society?.
Postscript: A Defensible Concept of ‘Society’.