Contemporary Sociological Theory

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This meticulous collection of contemporary sociological theory is the definitive guide to current perspectives and approaches in the field. Organized thematically, this volume includes 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. The theories of Foucault, Giddens, and Bourdieu are thoroughly represented in ...
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Overview

This meticulous collection of contemporary sociological theory is the definitive guide to current perspectives and approaches in the field. Organized thematically, this volume includes 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. The theories of Foucault, Giddens, and Bourdieu are thoroughly represented in order to enable the reader to examine their work in depth.

For this second edition, selected readings bring the book up to date and enhance the richness of the text by way of examples, accessibility, and connections to today's theoretical discussions. Editorial introductions put these readings into theoretical perspective, making this an authoritative and compact survey of contemporary sociological theory, and an essential text for undergraduate courses. The approach of giving substantial primary source texts rather than merely "snippets," and backing these up with substantial introductions, is maintained for the new edition.

Contemporary Sociological Theory, in conjunction with its complement, Classical Sociological Theory, offers readers a complete overview of sociological theory.

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"The third edition of Contemporary Sociological Theory is generous and judicious, providing an authoritative guide to an ever-expanding and diverse field."
Bryan S. Turner, Presidential Professor of Sociology, CUNY

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780631213505
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/28/2002
  • Series: Wiley Blackwell Readers in Sociology Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 468
  • Product dimensions: 6.73 (w) x 9.78 (h) x 1.27 (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

List of Contributors
Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
Pt. I Micro-Sociological Analysis 23
1 The Phenomenology of the Social World 32
2 The Social Construction of Reality 42
3 The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life 51
4 Symbolic Interactionism 66
Pt. II Exchange and Rationality 79
5 Social Behavior as Exchange 88
6 Exchange and Power in Social Life 99
7 Social Capital in the Creation of Human Capital 110
8 Foundations for a Theory of Collective Decisions 117
9 The Logic of Collective Action 126
Pt. III Institutional Analysis 131
10 Limits of Steering 139
11 Coercion, Capital, and European States 153
12 The Iron Cage Revisited: Institutional Isomorphism and Collective Rationality in Organizational Fields 167
Pt. IV The Sociological Theory of Michel Foucault 183
13 The Birth of the Clinic 191
14 Truth and Power 203
15 Discipline and Punish 211
Pt. V The Sociological Theory of Anthony Giddens 219
16 Some New Rules of Sociological Method 226
17 Agency, Structure 232
18 The Consequences of Modernity 244
Pt. VI The Sociological Theory of Pierre Bourdieu 257
19 Social Space and Symbolic Space 267
20 Structures, Habitus, Practices 276
21 The Field of Cultural Production, or: The Economic World Reversed 289
Pt. VII Race, Gender, and Difference 305
22 The Conceptual Practices of Power 315
23 Black Feminist Epistemology 323
24 Black Skin, White Masks 332
25 The Paradoxes of Integration 340
Pt. VIII The Sociological Theory of Jurgen Habermas 349
26 Civil Society and the Political Public Sphere 358
27 The Tasks of a Critical Theory of Society 377
28 Theory and Practice 401
Pt. IX Modernity and Postmodernity 411
29 The Social Constraint towards Self-Constraint 419
30 A Sociological Theory of Postmodernity 429
31 Describing the Future 441
Index 448
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