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978-0-7391-2011-8 • Hardback • December 2007 • $108.00 • (£83.00)
Gad Yair is an associate professor in the department of sociology and anthropology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Michaela Soyer is a Ph.D. candidate in the department of sociology at the University of Chicago.
Chapter 1 Preface
Chapter 2 Introduction: The Golem in German Social Theory
Chapter 3 Chapter 1. The Golem: Jewish Origins and German Renditions
Chapter 4 Chapter 2. The Ghosts and Golems of Karl Marx
Chapter 5 Chapter 3. The Dialectical Fate: The Golem and Max Weber
Chapter 6 Chapter 4. The Frankfurt School: The Golems of the Enlightenment
Chapter 7 Chapter 5. System and Lifeworld: Jürgen Habermas and Communicative Action
Chapter 8 Chapter 6. The Risky Golems of Reflexive Modernity: Ulrich Beck
Chapter 9 Conclusions: The Cultural Roots of Social Theory
This powerful demonstration of the cultural roots of a particular tradition of sociological theory forces us to reassess figures we thought we knew well. A useful, careful, and incisive contribution.
— John A. Hall, McGill University