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Overview

Illuminating Social Life has enjoyed increasing popularity with each edition. Editor Peter Kivisto attempts to bridge the gap between social theory and the substantive courses contained in the sociology curriculum. It is the only book designed for undergraduate teaching that shows today’s students how classical and contemporary social theories can be used to shed new light on such topics as the internet, the world of work, fast food restaurants, shopping malls, alcohol use, body building, sales and service, and new religious movements. This Fourth Edition is updated and revised to help students appreciate the relevance and the significance of social theory - and in the process reduces the anxiety many feel about required theory courses.

New to the Fourth Edition -Addresses new issues: Two new chapters contribute to the immediacy and accuracy of the text for today’s student: Chapter 11: Contrasts of Carnival: Mardi Gras Between the Modern and Postmodern and Chapter 12: Negotiating the Social Landscape to Create Social Change.
-Incorporates substantive changes: Material has been updated throughout with significant changes to Chapters 1, 3, 8, and 13.
-Includes more discussion questions: There are now five discussion questions instead of three per reading.
-Makes the content more accessible and relevant for students: 13 original essays written by current theorists illustrate the connection between research, theory, and issue.
-Offers substantial introductions by the Editor: These introductions help link the applied essays to a complete review of the classical and modern social theories used in the book.

Intended Audience
This text is a perfect complement for a standard theory text or other source materials for advanced undergraduate courses such as Sociological Theory and Classical and Contemporary Sociological Theory in departments of sociology.
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Editorial Reviews

Sally Raskoff
"I have adopted this book repeatedly. It is a fine addition to my theory course since it makes theory more accessible and relevant to students . . . Without this book, students are left with the impression that theory is an abstract academic exercise and a form of torture we impose on them. With this book, Kivisto offers students some evidence that theory is a tool to be used."
David Williamson
"Instead of only thinking about theory during class, I notice that Kivisto’s text gets them to think about theory at work, at home, reading the paper. . . . Sure, I dream of having an undergrad theory section in which students were already capable of rigorous abstract thought and analysis. In the real world, I find Kivisto’s approach essential to raising my students and moving them toward that ideal."
Kathy Miller
"I have used previous editions. I really like the modern day applications of theories."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761985150
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 1/1/1997
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320

Meet the Author

Peter Kivisto is Richard A. Swanson Professor of Social Thought and Chair of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Welfare at Augustana College and Finland Distinguished Professor at the University of Turku. His current research involves a collaborative project on multiculturalism with colleagues in Finland. His interests include immigration, social integration, citizenship, and religion. Among his recent books are Key Ideas in Sociology (2011), Illuminating Social Life (2011); Beyond a Border: The Causes and Consequences of Contemporary Immigration (2010, with Thomas Faist); Citizenship: Discourse, Theory and Transnational Prospects (2007, with Thomas Faist); and Intersecting Inequalities (2007, with Elizabeth Hartung). He serves on the editorial boards of Contexts, Ethnic and Racial Studies, Journal of Intercultural Studies, and on the Publication Committee for Sociology of Religion.

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Table of Contents

Part I: Classical Sociological Theory
About the Editor
Preface to the Fourth Edition
Part I: Classical Sociological Theory
Introduction - Peter Kivisto
Working Longer, Living Less: Understanding Marx Through the Workplace Today - John P. Walsh, Anne Zacharias-Walsh
The Weberian Theory of Rationalization and the Mc Donaldization of Contemporary Society - George Ritzer
Surfing the Net for Community: A Durkheimian Analysis of Electronic Gatherings - Anne M. Hornsby
Alcohol-Related Windows on Simmel's Social World - William J. Staudenmeier, Jr.
Part II: Contemporary Theories and Their Connection to the Classics
Criminalizing Transgressing Youth: A Neofunctionalist Analysis of Institution Building - Paul Colomy, Laura Ross Greiner
Why Do African Americans Pay More for New Cars? A Structural Explanation - Christopher Prendergast
Critical Theory, Legitimation Crisis, and the Deindustrialization of Flint, Michigan - Steven P. Dandaneau
The Socially Constructed Body: Insights from Feminist Theory - Judith Lorber, Patricia Yancey Martin
Wild Thoughts: An Interactionist Analysis of Ideology, Emotion, and Nature - Gary Alan Fine, Kent L. Sandstrom
Goffman's Dramaturgical Sociology: Personal Sales and Service in a Commodified World - Peter Kivisto, Dan Pittman
Contrasts of Carnival: Mardi Gras Between the Modern and the Postmodern - Kevin Fox Gotham
Negotiating the Social Landscape to Create Social Change - Anne F. Eisenberg
Globalization Theory and Religious Fundamentalism - William H. Swatos, Jr.

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