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Contemporary Political Theory

Contemporary Political Theory

Colin Farrelly


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This comprehensive textbook provides a complete and accessible introduction to the main theorists and issues in contemporary political theory today. The text is organized into two major parts. The first, Contemporary Liberal Theory, outlines four distinct liberal theories of justice to introduce the work of Rawls, Nozick, Gauthier and Dworkin. The second, Alternative Traditions, introduces the theorists and themes associated with four key areas of contemporary debate: communitarianism, multiculturalism, deliberative democracy and feminism. By giving students questions for consideration and using applied examples throughout, the text illustrates the practical relevance of contemporary theoretical debates to everyday issues in policy and politics. The result is an essential overview of all the main traditions, issues and positions in political theory today that will serve as an invaluable resource for all students of contemporary political theory, political ideas and political philosophy. Colin Farrelly is Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Waterloo, Canada. Introduction to Contemporary Political Theory will complement Contemporary Political Theory: A Reader edited by Colin Farrelly and also published by SAGE Publications.

Table of Contents

Section Title Page Action Price
Projecting into the future
Learning together: participatory research and development
Learning in practice, building homes to demonstrate options
Sharing experience with the wider world
Building on tradition
Indigenous housing technologies
Timber posts
Cow dung
Animal hides
Collaborative technology development and adaptation Rammed earth
Ferro-cement housing-a lightweight option
Ferro-cement skin roofing
Harvesting from the skies
Stabilised soil block walling
So what? Project impact and sustainability