Social Theory: The Multicultural, Global, and Classic Readings

Social Theory: The Multicultural, Global, and Classic Readings

by Charles Lemert

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ISBN-10: 0813346681

ISBN-13: 9780813346687

Pub. Date: 03/26/2013

Publisher: Westview Press

For nearly a quarter-century, Charles Lemert has shared his love of social theory, and the questions it explores, in this collection of readings. With 140 selections that begin in the nineteenth century and end in 2015, Social Theory charts the long arc of the development of the field. This edition retains classic texts by Karl Marx, Emile Durkheim, Max


For nearly a quarter-century, Charles Lemert has shared his love of social theory, and the questions it explores, in this collection of readings. With 140 selections that begin in the nineteenth century and end in 2015, Social Theory charts the long arc of the development of the field. This edition retains classic texts by Karl Marx, Emile Durkheim, Max Weber, and W.E.B. Du Bois and writings of major contemporary figures like Audre Lorde and Patricia Hill Collins, while adding pieces from Harriet Martineau, Friedrich Nietzsche, Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw, Thomas Piketty, and Ta-Nehisi Coates, among others. Revised and updated with a new section exploring social theory at the limits of the social, Lemert’s Social Theory remains essential reading.

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Table of Contents

Social Theory: Its Uses and Pleasures
Charles Lemert

Part One
Modernity’s Classical Age: 1848–1919
Charles Lemert

The Two Sides of Society
Karl Marx
Estranged Labor
Camera Obscura
The Manifesto of Class Struggle, with Friedrich Engels
The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte
Capital and The Values of Commodities
Capital and the Fetishism of Commodities
Capital and Labor Power

Friedrich Engels
The Patriarchal Family

John Stuart Mill
On in the Limits of the Authority of Society Over the Individual

Jane Addams
The Settlement as a Factor in the Labor Movement

Harriet Martineau

Emile Durkheim
Mechanical and Organic Solidarity
Anomie and the Modern Division of Labor
The Cultural Logic of Collective Representations
Sociology and Social Facts
Suicide and Modernity
Primitive Classifications and Social Knowledge, with Marcel Mauss

Friedrich Nietzche
People and Countries

Max Weber
The Spirit of Capitalism and the Iron Cage
The Bureaucratic Machine
What Is Politics?
The Types of Legitimate Domination
Class, Status, Party

Sigmund Freud
The Psychical Apparatus and the Theory of Instincts
Dream-Work and Interpretation
Oedipus, the Child
Remembering, Repeating, and Working-Through
Return of the Repressed
Civilization and the Individual

Ferdinand de Saussure
Arbitrary Social Values and the Linguistic Sign

John Dewey
Democracy and Education

Split Lives in the Modern World
William James
The Self and Its Selves

William Edward Burghardt (W.E.B.) Du Bois
Double-Consciousness and the Veil

Charlotte Perkins Gilman
The Yellow Wallpaper
Women and Economics

Anna Julia Cooper
The Colored Woman’s Office

Georg Simmel
The Stranger

Charles Horton Cooley
The Looking-Glass Self

Part Two
Modernity’s Classical Age: 1848–1919
Charles Lemert

Action and Knowledge in a Troubled World
John Maynard Keynes
The Psychology of Modern Society

alcott Parsons
The Unit Act of Action Systems

Erich Fromm
Psychoanalysis and Sociology

Georg Lukács
The Irrational Chasm Between Subject and Object

George Herbert Mead
The Self, the I, and the Me

Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov (V. I.) Lenin
What Is to Be Done?

Max Horkheimer and Theodor Adorno
The Culture Industry as Deception

Martin Heidegger
The Question Concerning Technology: The Age of the World Picture

Karl Mannheim
The Sociology of Knowledge and Ideology

Robert K. Merton
Social Structure and Anomie

W.E.B. Du Bois
Black Reconstruction and the Racial Wage

Unavoidable Dilemmas
Reinhold Niebuhr
Moral Man and Immoral Society

Gunnar Myrdal
The Negro Problem as a Moral Issue

William I. Thomas and Florian Znaniecki
Disorganization of the Polish Immigrant

Lewis Wirth
The Significance of the Jewish Ghetto

Walter Benjamin
Art in an Age of Mechanical Reproduction: War and Fascism

Virginia Woolf
A Room of One’s Own

Antonio Gramsci
Intellectuals and Hegemony

Mao Tse-tung
Identity, Struggle, Contradiction

Part Three
The Golden Movement: 1945-1963
Charles Lemert

The Golden Age
Winston Churchill
The Sinews of Peace

Daniel Bell
The End of Ideology in the West,

W. W. Rostow
Modernization: Stages of Growth,

Talcott Parsons
Action Systems and Social Systems, The AGIL Paradigm
Sex Roles in the American Kinship System

Robert K. Merton
Manifest and Latent Functions

Claude Lévi-Strauss
The Structural Study of Myth

Roland Barthes
Semiological Prospects

Louis Althusser
Ideology and the Ideological State Apparatuses

Doubts and Reservations
David Riesman
Character and Society: The Other-Directed Personality

Erik H. Erikson
Youth and American Identity

Edwin Lemert
Social Pathology : A Systematic Approach to the Theory of Sociopathic Behavior

Erving Goffman
Presentation of Self

Jacques Lacan
The Mirror Stage

Others Object
Simone de Beauvoir
Woman as Other

Aimé Césaire
Between Colonizer and Colonized

Martin Luther King, Jr.
The Power of Nonviolent Action

C. Wright Mills
The Sociological Imagination

Black Panthers
Black Panther Party Platform

Betty Friedan
The Problem That Has No Name

Frantz Fanon
Decolonizing, National Culture, and the Negro Intellectual

Part Four
Will the Center Hold? 1963–1979
Charles Lemert

Experiments at Renewal and Reconstruction
Clifford Geertz
Thick Description: Toward an Interpretive Theory of Culture

Peter Berger and Thomas Luckmann
Society as a Human Product

Dorothy Smith
Knowing a Society from Within: A Woman’s Standpoint

Immanuel Wallerstein
The Modern World-System

Theda Skocpol
The State as a Janus-Faced Structure

Nancy Chodorow
Gender Personality and the Reproduction of Mothering

Breaking with Modernity
Jacques Derrida
The Decentering Event in Social Thought

Michel Foucault
Biopolitics and the Carceral Society

C.L.R. James
World Revolution

Herbert Marcuse
Repressive Desublimation of One-Dimensional Man

Harold Garfinkel
Reflexive Properties of Practical Sociology

Alvin W. Gouldner
The Future of Intellectuals and the Rise of the New Class

Pierre Bourdieu
Structures, Habitus, Practices

Audre Lorde
The Master’s Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master’s House

Part Five
After Modernity: 1979–1991/2001
Charles Lemert

The Idea of the Postmodern and Its Critics
Jean-François Lyotard
The Postmodern Condition

Richard Rorty
Private Irony and Liberal Hope

Michel Foucault
Power as Knowledge

Jean Baudrillard
Simulacra and Simulations: Disneyland

Arlene Stein and Ken Plummer
I Can’t Even Think Straight

Reactions and Alternatives
Juergen Habermas
Critical Theory, the Colonized Lifeworld, and Communicative Competence

Anthony Giddens
Post-Modernity or Radicalized Modernity?

Nancy Hartsock
A Theory of Power for Women?

Randall Collins
Interaction Ritual Chains ... The Micro-Macro Connection

Mustafa Emirbayer an Ann Mische
What is Agency?”

New Cultural Theories After Modernity
Cornel West
The New Cultural Politics of Difference

Jeffrey Alexander
Cultural Codes and Democratic Communication

Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
“Race” as the Trope of the World

Donna Haraway
The Cyborg Manifesto and Fractured Identities

Trinh T. Minh-ha
Infinite Layers/Third World?

Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak
Can the Subaltern Speak?

Patricia Hill Collins
Black Feminist Thought in the Matrix of Domination

Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw
The Structural and Political Dimensions of Intersectional Oppression

Gloria Anzaldúa
The New Mestiza

Judith Butler
Imitation and Gender Insubordination

Paula Gunn Allen
Who Is Your Mother? Red Roots of White Feminism

Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick
The Epistemology of the Closet

Part Six
Global Realities After 2001
Charles Lemert

Social Theories of Global Uncertainties
Immanuel Wallerstein
The Modern World-System in Crisis

Stanley Hoffman
The Clash of Globalizations

Zygmunt Bauman
Liquid Modernity

David Harvey
Neo-liberalism on Trial

Manuel Castells
The Global Network

Saskia Sassen
Toward a Feminist Analytics of the Global Economy

Amartya Sen
Asian Values and the West’s Claim to Uniqueness

Ulrich Beck
World Risk Society

Achille Mbembe
Necropower and Late Modern Colonial Occupation

Rethinking the Past that Haunts the Future
Avery Gordon
Ghostly Matters

Edward Said
Intellectual Exile: Expatriates and Marginals

William Julius Wilson
Global Economic Changes and the Limits of the Race Relations Vision

Waverly Duck
Benita’s Story

Charles Tilly
Future of Social Science and The Invisible Elbow

Julia Kristeva
Women’s Time

Raewyn Connell
Southern Theory: Gender and Violence

Slavoj Zizek
Cynicism as a Form of Ideology

Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari
The Rhizome/ A Thousand Plateaus

Giorgio Agamben
Sovereign Power and Bare Life

Social Theory at the Limits of the Social
Bruno Latour
Spheres and Networks: The Spaces of Material Life

Thomas Piketty
The Central Contradictions of Capitalism: r>g

Ta-Nehisi Coates
Prison and Gray Wastes

Oliver Sacks

Robert Pogue Harrison
The Dominion of the Dead

Name Index

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