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Overview

This meticulous collection of contemporary sociological theory is the definitive guide to current perspectives and approaches in the field, examining current key topics in the field such as such as symbolic interactionism, phenomenology, structuralism, network theory, critical theory, feminist theory, and the debates over modernity and postmodernity.
  • Includes the work of major figures including Foucault, Giddens, Bourdieu, Bauman, and Habermas
  • Organized thematically, with editorial introductions to put the readings into theoretical perspective
  • New selected readings bring the book up to date
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Editorial Reviews

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"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

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: 9781405148566
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 4/10/2007
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 504
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 1.12 (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

General Introduction.

Part I: Micro-Sociological Analysis.

Introduction to Part I.

1. The Phenomenology of the Social World. (Alfred Schutz).

2. The Social Construction of Reality. (Peter L. Berger and Thomas Luckmann).

3. The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life. (Erving Goffman).

4. Symbolic Interactionism. (Herbert Blumer).

Part II: Exchange and Rationality.

Introduction.

5. Social Behavior as Exchange. (George C. Homans).

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

7. The Logic of Collective Action. (Mancur Olson).

8. Rights to Act. (James S. Coleman).

9. Cooperation without Trust. (Karen S. Cook, Russell Hardin & Margaret Levi).

Part III: Institutional Analysis.

Introduction.

10. Economic Embeddedness. (Mark Granovetter).

11. The Iron Cage Revisited. (Paul J. Dimaggio & Walter L. Powell).

12. CATNETS. (Harrison White).

Part IV: The Sociological Theory of Michel Foucault.

Introduction.

13. The History of Sexuality.

14. Truth and Power.

15. Discipline and Punish.

Part V: The Sociological Theory of Anthony Giddens.

Introduction.

16. Some New Rules of Sociological Method.

17. Agency, Structure.

18. The Consequences of Modernity.

Part VI: The Sociological Theory of Pierre Bourdieu.

Introduction.

19. Social Space and Symbolic Space.

20. Structures, Habitus, Practices.

21. The Field of Cultural Production, or: The Economic World Reversed.

22. Rethinking the State: Genesis and Structure of the Bureaucratic Field.

Part VII: Race, Gender, and Difference.

Introduction.

23. The Conceptual Practices of Power. (Dorothy E. Smith).

24. Black Feminist Thought. (Patricia Hill Collins).

25. Black Skin, White Masks. (Frantz Fanon).

26. The Paradoxes of Integration. (Orlando Patterson).

Part VIII: Criticism and Modernity: Sociological Theory of Jurgen Habermas.

Introduction.

27. Modernity: An Unfinished Project.

28. The Rationalization of the Life-World.

29. Civil Society and the Political Public Sphere.

30. Learning from Catastrophe.

Part IX: Modernity and Postmodernity.

Introduction.

31. Social Constraint towards Self-Constraint. (Norbert Elias).

32. Modernity and the Holocaust. (Zygmunt Bauman).

33. We Have Never Been Modern. (Bruno Latour).

34. World-Systems Analysis. (Immanuel Wallerstein).

Index

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