Contemporary Sociological Theory / Edition 3

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This comprehensive collection of contemporary sociological theory is the definitive guide to current perspectives and approaches in the field, examining key topics and debates in the field.
• Collects the most representative material available on topics such as symbolic interactionism, phenomenology, structuralism, network theory, critical theory, feminist theory, and the debates over modernity and postmodernity
• Includes examinations of the work of Foucault, Giddens, and Bourdieu
• A new section for this edition opens up the debate on power and inequality
• Thematically organized

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"By presenting the original writings of some of the major theorists of our time, this book offers an accessible and valuable overview of contemporary theory for both students and professors."
Steven Seidman, University of Albany

“This new, and much improved, edition of a superior reader offers a judicious sampling of influential readings in contemporary sociological theory admirably supplemented by knowing editorial overviews.”
Michael Hechter, Arizona State University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470655665
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 2/28/2012
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 638
  • Sales rank: 339,445
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Craig Calhoun is University Professor and Professor of Sociology and History at New York University, and President of the Social Science Research Council.

Joseph Gerteis is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.

James Moody is Associate Professor of Sociology at Duke University, North Carolina.

Steven Pfaff is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Washington.

Indermohan Virk is Visiting Lecturer in Sociology at Indiana University, Bloomington.

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Table of Contents

Notes on the Editors xi

Acknowledgments xii

Introduction 1

Part I Micro-Sociological Analysis 25

Introduction to Part I 27

1 The Phenomenology of the Social World (from The Phenomenology of the Social World) 35
Alfred Schutz

2 The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life (from The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life) 46
Erving Goffman

3 Symbolic Interactionism (from Symbolic Interactionism: Perspective and Method) 62
Herbert Blumer

4 "Interaction Ritual Chains" (from Interaction Ritual Chains) 75
Randall Collins

Part II Exchange and Rationality 91

Introduction to Part II 93

5 Social Behavior as Exchange (from American Journal of Sociology) 100
George C. Homans

6 Exchange and Power in Social Life (from Exchange and Power in Social Life) 112
Peter M. Blau

7 The Logic of Collective Action (from The Logic of Collective Action: Public Goods and the Theory of Groups) 124
Mancur Olson

8 A Theory of Group Solidarity (from Principles of Group Solidarity) 129
Michael Hechter

9 Cooperation without Law or Trust (from Cooperation without Trust?) 142
Karen S. Cook, Russell Hardin, and Margaret Levi

Part III Institutions and Networks 157

Introduction to Part III 159

10 Economic Embeddedness (from "Economic Action and Social Structure: The Problem of Embeddedness") 165
Mark Granovetter

11 The Iron Cage Revisited: Institutional Isomorphism and Collective Rationality in Organizational Fields (from "The Iron Cage Revisited: Institutional Isomorphism and Collective Rationality in Organizational Fields") 175
Paul J. DiMaggio and Walter W. Powell

12 Catnets (from Notes on the Constituents of Social Structure) 193
Harrison White

13 Structural Holes (from Stuctural Holes: The Social Structure of Competition) 204
Ronald S. Burt

Part IV Power and Inequality 221

Introduction to Part IV 223

14 The Power Elite (from The Power Elite) 229
C. Wright Mills

15 On Hegemony (from Selections From the Prison Notebooks of Antonio Gramsci) 237
Antonio Gramsci

16 Coercion, Capital, and European States (from Coercion, Capital and European States, AD 990–1990) 251
Charles Tilly

17 Power: A Radical View (from Power: A Radical View) 266
Steven Lukes

18 State, Society and Modern History (from The Nation-State and Violence Volume Two of A Contemporary Critique of Historical Materialism) 277
Anthony Giddens

Part V The Sociological Theory of Michel Foucault 287

Introduction to Part V 289

19 The History of Sexuality (from The History of Sexuality, vol. I: An Introduction) 295
Michel Foucault

20 Truth and Power (from Power/Knowledge: Selected Interviews and Other Writings, 1972–1977) 305
Michel Foucault

21 Discipline and Punish (from Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prison) 314
Michel Foucault

Part VI The Sociological Theory of Pierre Bourdieu 323

Introduction to Part VI 325

22 Social Space and Symbolic Space (from "Social Space and Symbolic Space: Introduction to a Japanese Reading of Distinction") 335
Pierre Bourdieu

23 Structures, Habitus, Practices (from The Logic of Practice) 345
Pierre Bourdieu

24 The Field of Cultural Production, or: The Economic World Reversed (from Poetics) 359
Pierre Bourdieu

25 Rethinking the State: Genesis and Structure of the Bureaucratic Field (from Rethinking the State: Genesis and Structure of the Bureaucratic Field) 375
Pierre Bourdieu

Part VII Race, Gender, Difference 387

Introduction to Part VII 389

26 The Conceptual Practices of Power (from The Conceptual Practices of Power: A Feminist Sociology of Knowledge) 398
Dorothy E. Smith

27 Black Feminist Epistemology (from Black Feminist Thought: Knowledge, Consciousness, and the Politics of Empowerment) 407
Patricia Hill Collins

28 Black Skin, White Masks (from Black Skin, White Masks) 417
Frantz Fanon

29 The Paradoxes of Integration (from The Ordeal of Integration: Progress and Resentment in America's "Racial" Crisis) 426
Orlando Patterson

Part VIII Sociological Theory of Jürgen Habermas 435

Introduction to Part VIII 437

30 Modernity: An Unfinished Project (from Habermas and the Unfinished Project of Modernity) 444
Jürgen Habermas

31 The Rationalization of the Lifeworld (from The Theory of Communicative Action Volume 2: Lifeworld and System: A Critique of Functionalist Reason) 451
Jürgen Habermas

32 Civil Society and the Political Public Sphere (from Between Facts and Norms: Contributions to a Discourse Theory of Law and Democracy) 469
Jürgen Habermas

Part IX Modernity 491

Introduction to Part IX 493

33 The Social Constraint towards Self-Constraint (from The Civilizing Process: The History of Manners and State Formation and Civilization) 499
Norbert Elias

34 Modernity and the Holocaust (from Modernity and the Holocaust) 510
Zygmunt Bauman

35 The Consequences of Modernity (from The Consequences of Modernity) 531
Anthony Giddens

36 We Have Never Been Modern (from We Have Never Been Modern) 546
Bruno Latour

Part X Crisis and Change 561

Introduction to Part X 563

37 Systemic and Antisystemic Crises (from Adam Smith in Beijing: Lineages of the Twenty-First Century) 569
Giovanni Arrighi

38 Reconfiguring Territory, Authority, and Rights (from Territory. Authority. Rights: From Medieval to Global Assemblages) 579
Saskia Sassen

39 The Modern World-System in Crisis (from World-Systems Analysis: An Introduction) 587
Immanuel Wallerstein


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