Kyung-Man Kim offers a comprehensive inventory of the obstacles the most powerful and influential thinkers of our time tried to overcome, the questions they asked without finding good answers, and the questions they've overlooked or avoided. No one concerned with the ethical impact of kwledge and the role it may play in winning the case of human freedom can neglect Kyung-Man Kim's analysis. -Zygmut Bauman This is a powerful book, compelling for every reader who wants to kw how current sociological theory can be used to change, t just interpret, the social world. Kyung-man Kim offers masterful readings of the main theoretical formations of the last century. -Norman K. Denzin, University of Illiis A lucid exposition and critique of Bourdieu, Giddens, and Habermas, and of the phemelogical ethgraphies of Garfinkel and the ethmethodologists who provided their starting point. Kim, who has honed his skills in his acute contributions to the hyper-reflexive sociology of scientific kwledge, w successfully takes on the big game of the emancipatory theory world. -Randall Collins, University of PennsylvaniaWhat binds the theoretical work of Pierre Bourdieu, Anthony Giddens, and Jurgen Habermas? Although these and other contemporary theorists offered major critiques of society, they stopped short of plausible proposals to achieve the liberation of individuals and societies. Kyung-Man Kim offers a new reading of contemporary critical theorists and explains how, by reading them together, we may find a practical basis for progressive social change.
Kyung-Man Kim teaches at Sogang University in Seoul, Korea. He is author most recently of Explaining Scientific Consensus: The Case of Mendelian Genetics (Guilford 1994).