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    The Postsecular Turn.Gregor McLennan - 2010 - Theory, Culture and Society 27 (4):3-20.
    In this article, I engage with three overlapping expressions of the increasingly postsecular cast of social and cultural theory. These currents — guided, respectively, by genealogical critique, neo-vitalist social philosophy and postcolonial anti-historicism — seek to problematize the frame of previous radical theorizing by exposing definite connections between the epistemological and political levels of secular understanding, and by assuming that the nature of those linkages counts heavily against secularism. As well as offering an interpretive overview of these contributions, I suggest (...)
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    Marxism, Pluralism, and Beyond: Classic Debates and New Departures.Gregor McLennan - 1989 - Blackwell.
    Examining developments in two of the central traditions of social and political theory - Marxism and pluralism, this work investigates whether the relation between them is one of progressive convergence.
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    ‘Thus’: Reflections on Loughborough Relativism.Gregor Mclennan - 2001 - History of the Human Sciences 14 (3):85-101.
    Through two exchanges in this journal, a type of relativism has been advanced by a group of authors from Loughborough University with a view to demolishing what they see as ‘bottom line’ arguments for critical realism in the social sciences. Jauntily dismissing realism, they also soberly disown the supposed ‘extreme’ consequences that some realists insist follow naturally from relativist conceptions of social inquiry. In this article, I contest the Loughborough team’s arguments. Their presentation of relativism itself can be reconstructed in (...)
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    Sociology and Cultural Studies: Rhetorics of Disciplinary Identity.Gregor McLennan - 1998 - History of the Human Sciences 11 (3):1-17.
    This article explores the interface between cultural studies and soci ology, as expressed through four scenarios which construe the 'debate' in particular ways. Two of these - 'cultural studies succession' and 'postmodernist conjuncturalist cultural studies' - unapologetically seek to dismiss sociology in favour of cultural studies, whilst a third - 'socio logical revenge' - appears to turn the tables entirely. A fourth and more productive scenario dwells synthetically on the 'cultural turn' across the whole 'field' of the social and human (...)
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    Sociology, Eurocentrism and Postcolonial Theory.Gregor McLennan - 2003 - European Journal of Social Theory 6 (1):69-86.
    Postcolonial theory, particularly in its poststructuralist variant, presents important challenges to sociology's self-image, and open debate on these attempts to `unsettle' the modernist, Westernized disciplines is both conceptually and politically interesting. However, the postcolonial unsettling of sociology has to be actively extracted and reconstructed from the key texts of postcolonial theory - it is not transparently available as such - and this is the first main goal of the article. Particular attention is paid to the framings of these issues by (...)
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    Critical or Positive Theory? A Comment on the Status of Anthony Giddens' Social Theory.Gregor McLennan - 1984 - Theory, Culture and Society 2 (2):123-129.
  7. 'TOR Science in the Social Sciences': The End of the Road for Critical Realism?Gregor McLennan - 2009 - In Sandra Moog, Rob Stone & Ted Benton (eds.), Nature, Social Relations and Human Needs: Essays in Honour of Ted Benton. Palgrave-Macmillan. pp. 47.
     
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    The ‘New American Cultural Sociology’.Gregor McLennan - 2005 - Theory, Culture and Society 22 (6):1-18.
    This article critically examines the structure and content of the ‘New American Cultural Sociology’, through an engagement with the recent writings of its main representative, Jeffrey Alexander. Alexander’s project to retool sociology and cultural studies alike is coherent and ambitious, and his transition from theory scholar to public intellectual makes an assessment of that project additionally necessary. I argue, however, that while it gives a necessary jolt to conventional thinking around culture and meaning, major weaknesses and problems can be identified (...)
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    Is Secularism History?Gregor McLennan - 2015 - Thesis Eleven 128 (1):126-140.
    In recent years, the intellectual tide has moved strongly against the kind of secular thinking that characterized Gellner’s work. Whether couched in terms of postcolonialism, multiculturalism, genealogy, global understanding, political theology, or the revival of normative, metaphysical and openly religious perspectives, today’s postsecular and even anti-secular mood in social theory seems to consign Gellner’s project to the dustbin of history: a stern but doomed attempt to shore up western liberal rationalism. Under some revisionary lights, it has even become pointless to (...)
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    Uplifting Unbelief.Gregor McLennan - 2010 - New Blackfriars 91 (1036):627-645.
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    Sociology's Eurocentrism and the `Rise of the West' Revisited.Gregor McLennan - 2000 - European Journal of Social Theory 3 (3):275-291.
    Under the impact of `postcolonial' critique, it is increasingly assumed in radical social theory that traditional disciplines like sociology remain palpably Eurocentric. However, this important challenge is typically advanced at a very general level, often lacking adequate instantiation. In this article some general formulations of the problem of Eurocentrism are connected to the work of three pairs of theorists in historical sociology. Foregrounding recent approaches to the classic `rise of the West' question, these authors are probed for either substantive or (...)
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    On Intellectual Critique and the Critique of Intellectuals: A Response to Steve Fuller.Gregor McLennan & Thomas Osborne - 2004 - History of the Human Sciences 17 (4):103-107.
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  13. Economy, Culture and Concept Three Approaches to Marxist History.Richard Johnson, Gregor Mclennan & Bill Schwarz - 1977 - Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies, University of Birmingham.
     
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  14. Maintaining Marx.Gregor McLennan - 2001 - In Barry Smart & George Ritzer (eds.), Handbook of Social Theory. Sage Publications. pp. 43--53.
     
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  15. The Ways Ahead.Gregor Mclennan - 1999 - History of the Human Sciences 12 (4):147-155.
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    Contemporary 'Vehicularity' and 'Romanticism': Debating the Status of Ideas and Intellectuals.Gregor McLennan & Thomas Osborne - 2003 - Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy 6 (4):51-66.
    (2003). Contemporary ‘vehicularity’ and ‘romanticism’: debating the status of ideas and intellectuals. Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy: Vol. 6, The Public Role of Intellectuals, pp. 51-66. doi: 10.1080/1369823042000241267.
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    Progressive Pluralism?Gregor McLennan - 2008 - Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy 11 (1):89-105.
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    Rationalizing Musicality: A Critique of Alexander’s ‘Strong Program’ in Cultural Sociology.Gregor McLennan - 2004 - Thesis Eleven 79 (1):75-86.
    This article argues that the long-standing tension in Jeffrey Alexander’s work between theoretical multidimensionality and socio-cultural idealism has intensified in his recent writings, to problematical effect. Whilst Alexander has shifted of late towards a more substantive and normative style of thinking, his new emphases continue to be grounded in arguments pitched at the general theoretical level. One of these involves a particular reading of the nature of post-positivist meta-theory today, and the other, within this, is a determined effort to distinguish (...)
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    Secularization: In Defence of an Unfashionable Theory by Steve Bruce.Gregor Mclennan - 2012 - New Blackfriars 93 (1043):126-129.
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    Malntalnlng Marx.Gregor Mclennan - 2001 - In Barry Smart & George Ritzer (eds.), Handbook of Social Theory. Sage Publications.
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    Structuration Theory and Post-Empiricist Philosophy: A Rejoinder.Gregor McLennan - 1988 - Theory, Culture and Society 5 (1):101-109.
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