Charles Horton Cooley

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One of the founders of sociology in the United States, Charles Horton Cooley (1864-1929) is perhaps best known for his concepts of the looking-glass self and the primary group. But according to Glenn Jacobs, he also deserves to be remembered as the first scholar of his generation to develop a viable concept of the social. Characterizing Cooley as an "exceptional exceptionalist," Jacobs shows how his unique adaptation of Adam Smith's liberalism and his rejection of Herbert Spencer resulted in a notion of the social that set him apart from the burgeoning professional social science movements of his time. By examining the full range of Charles Horton Cooley's contributions to belles lettres as well as social science, often allowing him to speak for himself, Jacobs makes a case for elevating Cooley's rank among the most influential American sociologists.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781558495197
  • Publisher: University of Massachusetts Press
  • Publication date: 2/27/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 328
  • Product dimensions: 6.32 (w) x 9.26 (h) x 0.99 (d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1 The exceptional exceptionalist : Cooley's rescue of sociology from the graveyard of European liberalism 22
Ch. 2 The social self : human nature, imagination, and perception 53
Ch. 3 Communication writ large : Cooley's concept of social organization 106
Ch. 4 Cooley and the essay tradition, part I : the influences of Montaigne and Emerson 130
Ch. 5 Cooley and the essay tradition, part II : the aesthetic template completed 160
Ch. 6 Life and death at the aesthetic center : Cooley's methodology 185
Ch. 7 The economy and the whole : the theory of pecuniary valuation 216
App A note on Cooley's journal and its use herein 247
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