Contemporary Social and Sociological Theory: Visualizing Social Worlds / Edition 1

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Overview

Contemporary Social and Sociological Theory: Visualizing Social Worlds is a robust introduction to the world of contemporary thought. In an area known for obtuse language, this key text presents a comprehensive survey of contemporary social and sociological theories written in a style that is immediately accessible and provocative.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412913621
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 3/28/2006
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 472
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Kenneth Allan is Associate Professor (Ph.D., University of California at Riverside, 1995). Most recent teaching is in the areas of: Sociological Theory, Social Psychology, and Sociology of Culture.  He has published numerous articles in theory, and a book in 1998, The Meaning of Culture, explicating cultural theory.  He also contributed to Turner's last two editions of The Structure of Sociological Theory.  Over the past eight years he has taught well over 30 courses in social theory.

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Table of Contents

Having a Thought
Acknowledgments
Introduction to Section I: The Social Situation and Its People
1. Symbols, Meaning, and the Social Self: George Herbert Mead (1863-1931) and Herbert Blumer (1900-1987)
The Interactionist Perspective: American Pragmatism
Concepts and Theory: Emergent Meanings
Concepts and Theory: The Necessary Self
Concepts and Theory: Empiricism and Symbolic Interactionism
Summary
Building Your Theory Toolbox
Web Byte-R. S. Perinbanayagam and Dialogic Acts
2. Constructing Social Reality: Peter Berger (1929-) and Thomas Luckmann (1927-)
Berger and Luckmann's Perspective: The Phenomenon of Reality
Concepts and Theory: The Social Construction of Reality
Concepts and Theory: Changing and Preserving Reality
Summary
Building Your Theory Toolbox
Web Byte-Stuart Hall and Reading Culture Through Cultural Studies
3. Organizing Ordinary Life: Harold Garfinkel (1917-)
Garfinkel's Perspective: Everyday Methods
Concepts and Theory: Doing Society
Summary
Building Your Theory Toolbox
Web Byte-Candace West and Don H. Zimmerman: Doing Gender
4. Performing the Self: Erving Goffman (1922-1982)
Goffman's Perspective: All the World Is a Stage
Concepts and Theory: Impression Management
Concepts and Theory: The Encounter
Summary
Building Your Theory Toolbox
Web Byte-Arlie Russell Hochschild and the Presentation of Emotion
5. Emotion and Interaction Ritual Chains: Randall Collins (1941-)
Collins's Perspective: Science, Emotion, and Exchange
Concepts and Theory: Interaction Ritual Chains(IRCs)
Concepts and Theory: The Micro-Level Production of Stratification
Concepts and Theory: Sociology of Creativity
Summary
Building Your Theory Toolbox
Web Byte-Thomas J. Scheff: When Shame Gets Out of Hand
Introduction to Section II: Social Structures and Systems
6. Social and Population Structures: Peter M. Blau (1918-2002)
Blau's Perspective: Calculating Science and Population Structures
Concepts and Theory: Exchange, Power, and Structure
Concepts and Theory: Population Structures
Summary
Building Your Theory Toolbox
Web Byte-Karen S. Cook: Power in Exchange Networks
7. Gender Inequality: Janet Saltzman Chafetz (1942-)
Concepts and Theory: Coercive Gender Structures
Concepts and Theory: Voluntaristic Gender Inequality
Concepts and Theory: Stratification Stability
Concepts and Theory: Gender Change
Summary
Building Your Theory Toolbox
Web Byte-Randall Collins and Conflict Theory
8. The Replication of Class: Pierre Bourdieu (1930-2002)
Bourdieu's Perspective: Constructivist Structuralism
Concepts and Theory: Structuring Class
Concepts and Theory: Replicating Class
Summary
Building Your Theory Toolbox
Web Byte-Erik Olin Wright: Measuring Class Inequality
9. Global Capitalism and the Decline of American Hegemony: Immanuel Wallerstein (1930-)
Wallerstein's Perspective: World-Systems Critique
Concepts and Theory: The Dialectics of Capitalism
Concepts and Theory: The End of the World as We Know It
Summary
Building Your Theory Toolbox
Web Byte-James O'Conner: Selling Nature
10. Social Systems and Their Environments: Niklas Luhmann (1927-1998)
Luhmann's Perspective: Thinking Systemically
Concepts and Theory: Self-Referencing Systems
Concepts and Theory: Social Evolution
Concepts and Theory: Changing Sociology's Question
Summary
Building Your Theory Toolbox
Introduction to Section III: Modernity and Postmodernity
11. Modernity and Reason: J├╝rgen Habermas (1929-)
Habermas's Perspective: Critical Theory
Concepts and Theory: Capitalism and Legitimation
Concepts and Theory: The Colonization of Democracy
Concepts and Theory: Communicative Action and Civil Society
Summary
Building Your Theory Toolbox
12. The Juggernaut of Modernity: Anthony Giddens (1938-)
Giddens's Perspective: Recursive Structures
Giddens's Perspective: Reflexive Actors
Concepts and Theory: The Contours of Modernity
Concepts and Theory: The Experience of Modernity
Summary
Building Your Theory Toolbox
13. Defining the Possible and Impossible: Michel Foucault (1926-1984)
Foucault's Perspective: Truth Games
Concepts and Theory: The Practices of Power
Concepts and Theory: Power Over the Body
Concepts and Theory: Power Over the Subject
Summary
Building Your Theory Toolbox
14. Language on the Rocks: Jacques Derrida (1930-2004)
Derrida's Perspective: Presence Through Absence
Concepts and Theory: Linguistic Structuralism
Concepts and Theory: Poststructuralism
Concepts and Theory: Implications of Textual Worlds
Summary
Building Your Theory Toolbox
15. The End of Everything: Jean Baudrillard (1929-)
Baudrillard's Perspective: Inverting Marx
Concepts and Theory: Mediating the World
Concepts and Theory: Losing the World
Concepts and Theory: The Postmodern Person
Summary
Building Your Theory Toolbox
Introduction to Section IV: Identity Politics
16. Race Matters: Cornel West (1953-)
West's Perspective: Prophetic Democracy
Concepts and Theory: Race Matters
Concepts and Theory: Postdemocratic Age
Summary
Building Your Theory Toolbox
Web Byte-Patricia Hill Collins and Intersecting Oppressions
17. Gendered Consciousness: Dorothy E. Smith (1926-)
Smith's Perspective: Standpoint Theory
Concepts and Theory: The Standpoint of Women
Summary
Building Your Theory Toolbox
18. Materializing Sex and Queer Theory: Judith Butler (1956-)
Butler's Perspective: Conditions of Possibility and Intelligibility
Concepts and Theory: Bodies That Matter
Concepts and Theory: Haunting, Subversion, and Queer Politics
Summary
Building Your Theory Toolbox
On Being Unsettled
References
Index
About the Author

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