Required Reading: Sociology's Most Influential Books / Edition 1

Required Reading: Sociology's Most Influential Books / Edition 1

by Dan Clawson
     
 

ISBN-10: 1558491538

ISBN-13: 9781558491533

Pub. Date: 07/22/1998

Publisher: University of Massachusetts Press

When the editors of Contemporary Sociology selected the ten most influential books of the past twenty-five years and published new essays on their importance, the feature sparked enthusiasm, debate, and controversy. This volume responds to and extends that discussion by expanding the list to seventeen books, incorporating a piece on the bestsellers of sociology,

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When the editors of Contemporary Sociology selected the ten most influential books of the past twenty-five years and published new essays on their importance, the feature sparked enthusiasm, debate, and controversy. This volume responds to and extends that discussion by expanding the list to seventeen books, incorporating a piece on the bestsellers of sociology, and adding four essays on the "most influential" controversy itself. Although the list centers on sociology, only half of the books were written by sociologists.

The charge to the reviewers was not to make a case for a book, but rather to analyze the character and extent of its influence. Because these works are already recognized as milestones in their fields, and because the reviewers are prominent figures who themselves often played central roles in the dramas surrounding these titles, the reviews are as noteworthy for their critical edge as for their celebration of the books' contributions. The result is a thought-provoking volume that engages many of the key intellectual issues of our time.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781558491533
Publisher:
University of Massachusetts Press
Publication date:
07/22/1998
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
232
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Canon and Anti-Canon for a Fragmented Discipline3
Best-Sellers by American Sociologists: An Exploratory Study19
On Theda Skocpol, States and Social Revolutions - How to Become a Dominant American Social Scientist: The Case of Theda Skocpol31
On Charles Tilly, From Mobilization to Revolution - Historicization of Protest as a Route to General Theory: Stepping Back to Move Forward39
On Michel Foucault, Discipline and Punish - Discipline and Punish: The Birth of a Postmodern Middle-Range47
On Charles Murray, Losing Ground - Charles Murray: Losing Ground, Gaining Power55
On Norman H. Nie, Dale H. Bent, and C. Hadlai Hull, SPSS - Doing It Ourselves71
On Clifford Geertz, The Interpretation of Culture - Geertz's Ambiguous Legacy79
On Pierre Bourdieu, Outline of a Theory of Practice - Sociology's Other Poststructuralism85
On Gary Becker, A Treatise on the Family Gary Becker on the Family: His Genius, Impact, and Blind Spots95
On Arlie Hochschild, The Managed Heart - Emotion Management as Emotional Labor113
On David Featherman and Robert Hauser, Opportunity and Change - Models of Influence121
On Harry Braverman, Labor and Monopoly Capital - A Classic of Its Time135
On Rosabeth Moss Kanter, Men and Women of the Corporation - What's Gender Got to Do with It?141
On Immanuel Wallerstein, The Modern World System - Promethean Sociology149
On William J. Wilson, The Declining Significance of Race - What's Race Got to Do with It?157
On Edward Said, Orientalism - Empire and Knowledge: More Troubles, New Opportunities for Sociology167
On Nancy Chodorow, The Reproduction of Mothering - The Gendering of Social Theory: Sociology and Its Discontents173
On Boston's Women's Health Book Collective, Our Bodies, Ourselves - Feminist Subversions181
Sociological Politics and Contemporary Sociology's Ten Most Influential Books189
Taking the List as It Stands: What Does It Say about Sociology Today?197
Who's In? Who's Out?207
Contributors' Notes215

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