Social Theory - Trial access to 15 December 2013
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Social Theory is an innovative and highly practical resource for students and scholars in the humanities and social sciences. Originally conceived in 2005, the database brings together an extensive range of influential writings representing the most important trends of sociological thought from the eighteenth century to the present day. Included in the more than 150,000 pages of searchable content are seminal works by such theorists as Harriet Martineau, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Max Weber, Karl Marx, Emile Durkheim, Jürgen Habermas, Talcott Parsons, Michel Foucault and Jean Baudrillard. Each document is carefully indexed to promote nuanced and highly targeted full-text searching. For example, one can efficiently locate all the chapters in the works of Michel Foucault where he discusses the practice of psychiatry and organize the results chronologically to trace the evolution of his thought on the subject. Or one can quickly retrieve all passages pertaining to clothing and dress within the writings of feminist theorists. The heuristic power of such targeted search capabilities makes Social Theory a valuable resource for advanced researchers and undergraduate students alike. Indeed, professors can use the database as a means of encouraging students to interact with primary-source content in a direct and creative way. Students who have a historical interest in the Holocaust, for example, can use the database to explore theoretical treatments that deepen their understanding of the social forces that erupt in such mass atrocities. In similar fashion, students can select keywords and themes that help them pinpoint passages that will give them fresh perspectives on everyday phenomena, such as sports, television and magazine advertisements. Meanwhile, advanced researchers can take advantage of interface features that permit them to perform highly sophisticated textual analysis with unprecedented efficiency-finding, for instance, the frequency with which the words "function," "family" and "personality" occur in close proximity in the works of Talcott Parsons.