Sociological Cultural Studies


  • Author: G. McLennan
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • ISBN-13: 9781137604675
  • Pages: 198
  • Binding: Hard Binding
  • Year of Pub / Reprint Year: 2016


About The Book

Cultural studies and sociology have long had a close. but trouble relationship. In this systematic

and comprehensive treatment of the interface between these discourses, the first of its kind,

Gregor McLennan offers an argument designed to clarify the considerable overlaps and

continuing differences between these two intellectual traditions. His claim is that while cultural

studies practitioners may not wish to be part of sociological disciplinarily. They cannot avoid

investment in the generic ‘idea of sociology’. Sociology, for its part, must continually push in a

trans-disciplinary direction. In pursuing this overarching line, the author authoritatively

connects central questions in the meta-theory of social science-around postpositivism,

complexity and reflexivity- to more specific scenarios of contention between cultural studies

and sociology, notably multiculturalism and Eurocentrism. Throughout the book, original and

lucid interpretations are generated in relation to ‘exemplary’ issues and texts. The aim is to lay

the basis for a more positive and philosophically consensual platform for subsequent

progressive intellectual work in the human sciences.

About The Author

GREGOR McLENNAN is Professor of Sociology at the University of Bristol, UK. He is the author of Marxism and the Methodologies of History, Marxism, Pluralism and Beyond, and Pluralism, and co-author of Exploring Society. He has also co-edited and contributed to several collections in social and political theory and cultural studie