The Myth of Individualism: How Social Forces Shape Our Lives

The Myth of Individualism: How Social Forces Shape Our Lives

by Peter Callero
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0742599906

ISBN-13: 9780742599901

Pub. Date: 11/16/2009

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.

Despite some popular arguments to the contrary, Americans are like people everywhere: naturally social, interdependent, and shaped by social forces. The Myth of Individualism offers a concise introduction to sociology and sociological thinking. Callero challenges the dominant belief that human behavior is the result of free choices made by autonomous actors.

Overview

Despite some popular arguments to the contrary, Americans are like people everywhere: naturally social, interdependent, and shaped by social forces. The Myth of Individualism offers a concise introduction to sociology and sociological thinking. Callero challenges the dominant belief that human behavior is the result of free choices made by autonomous actors. Drawing upon personal stories, historical events, and sociological research, Callero offers an informative outlook on enduring social problems that can help us begin the process of developing a sociological perspective. By acknowledging the limits of individual effort and control, we gain insight into our own lives and the lives of others.

Callero engagingly examines the fundamental importance of cultural symbols, the pressures of group conformity, the influence of family, the impact of social class, the wide reach of global capitalism, and the revolutionary potential of collective action. The second edition is updated throughout, including new examples from the recent financial crisis and the Arab Spring. It also includes a new chapter on the power of mass media and how media influences our lives. The Myth of Individualism is a must-read for anyone interested in how powerful social forces shape individual lives in subtle but compelling ways.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780742599901
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
11/16/2009
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
186
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition
Introduction

1. Individualism: The Power of a Myth
2. Becoming a Person: The Power of Symbols
3. Conformity and Disobedience: The Power of the Group
4. Family Matters: The Power of Social Class
5. Globalization: The Power of Capitalism
6. Violence, Sex, and Politics: The Power of Mass Media
7. From “Me” to “We”: The Power of Collective Action
Conclusion

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