In preparing this second edition I set myself the task of retaining the basic structure and rationale of the first book while at the same time adjusting it in light of omissions that have come to light in my reading and thinking over the past eight years. Some of the changes are the outcome of the anthology I edited with Piet Strydom, Philosophies of Social: The Classical and Contemporary Readings (2003).
While the basic structure and text remains intact, I have made changes - ranging from minor corrections to revised and in some cases new sections - to most chapters, and have substantially rewritten the chapter on constructivism. There is now a new chapter on reflexivity and a more qualified argument concerning constructivism. This is reflected in a change to the subtitle of the book.
Gerard Delanty November, 2004