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"A rich, highly textured, historically sweeping, and strikingly inclusive collection." —Jeffrey Alexander, Yale University

"Powerful and provocative . . . Social Theory is an essential guide through the complex contours of multicultural ideology and theory from the nineteenth century to the present.” —Manning Marable, Pulitzer Prize winner for Malcom X

“The breadth, scope, and variety of this reader is truly unique. For nearly twenty years, I’ve kept up-to-date on contemporary social theory by using Lemert as a guide to complete articles and books worth reading.” —Jerry Daday, Western Kentucky University

Social Theory provides a distinctive opportunity to read primary source material across a wide range of theoretical, political, and historical contexts, yet is expansive enough to offer flexibility in how I teach from one semester to the next.” —Anthony Hatch, Georgia State University

“This book is nothing short of a spiritual experience. The writings are wonderfully diverse, and Dr. Lemert’s essays are a vital and powerful supplement to the words of these transformative thinkers.” —Ben McKeown, sociology student

For over twenty years Charles Lemert has scoured the canon of social theory, pulling together long-established classics as well as engaging modern writing to create an essential collection of social theory from the nineteenth century to the present. In this heavily revised fifth edition, Lemert reevaluates the received canon and reasserts this iconic text’s place in the standard curriculum.

Classic, essential texts from thinkers like Marx and Du Bois remain; other key writers, like John Dewey and Raewyn Connell, are presented in a new light; and leading figures in the discussion of twenty-first-century society, such as Elijah Anderson, Bruno Latour, and Achille Mbembe, are anthologized here for the first time. In addition to classic and multicultural readings, the new fifth edition introduces a discussion of global social theory as well as important new and evolving topics like mobile technologies, the virtual realm, masculinities, and bare life. New in this edition, timelines are included to visually present readings against the backdrop of significant events in social and world history. With more than 100 authors, thinkers, and scholars represented, the fifth edition of Social Theory is an essential component of any social theory course.

Charles Lemert is University Professor and Andrus Professor of Social Theory Emeritus at Wesleyan University and Senior Fellow of the Center for Comparative Research at Yale University. He is the author and editor of many books, most recently Globalization: The Basics and Why Niebuhr Matters.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"A rich, highly textured, historically sweeping, and strikingly inclusive collection."
Jeffrey Alexander, Yale University

"Powerful and provocative…Social Theory is an essential guide through the complex contours of multicultural ideology and theory from the nineteenth century to the present."
Manning Marable, Pulitzer Prize winner for Malcom X

"The breadth, scope, and variety of this reader is truly unique. For nearly twenty years, I’ve kept up-to-date on contemporary social theory by using Lemert as a guide to complete articles and books worth reading."
Jerry Daday, Western Kentucky University

"Social Theory provides a distinctive opportunity to read primary source material across a wide range of theoretical, political, and historical contexts, yet is expansive enough to offer flexibility in how I teach from one semester to the next."
Anthony Hatch, Georgia State University

"This book is nothing short of a spiritual experience. The writings are wonderfully diverse, and Dr. Lemert’s essays are a vital and powerful supplement to the words of these transformative thinkers."
Ben McKeown, sociology student

Praise for Prior Editions:

"Lemert has given ample space to those who are at the margins of or fall completely outside of what most consider social theory…and [who] contribute to a diverse, broad, multilevel, and, in places, deep treatment of social theory and its evolution. …Late modern and postmodern theorists are well represented, and the focuses on race, gender, and globalization make this text useful for courses far beyond the standard undergraduate one in sociological theory. This book would also be well suited to more focused courses on modernity and postmodernity or even in a cultural studies curriculum. …Excellent."
Stephen Lippmann, Teaching Sociology

"Lemert provides an illuminating introduction to the collection and introductions to each section that provide an overview of the socio-historical context and delineation of key thinkers and texts in each period. Combining important classical and contemporary material, Lemert's collection enables the student and reader to trace out the origins of the modern world to our present global and conflicted condition."
Douglas Kellner, University of California, Los Angeles

"This collections presents a provocative wide-angle view of the history of social theory, including very recent work which interestingly engages with a future only dimly coming into focus. Well-chosen selections from the new social movements as well as the classics and recent mainstream make this a fine introduction for courses in the social sciences. The collection also offers students and scholars in other fields a valuable overview of the ideas and assumptions that have shaped thought in the humanities, jurisprudence, and public policy more generally."
Sandra Harding, UCLA, Co-Editor of Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society

"Lemert gives shape to a sociological imagination for the twenty-first century. This is necessary reading for us all."
Patricia Clough, Queens College and CUNY Graduate Center

"With an equally sure grasp of the classics of the past and the probable classics of the future, Charles Lemert has assembled a remarkable array of stimulating readings in social theory. The result is a well-stocked tool kit for the canon wars of the twenty-first century."
Martin Jay, University of California at Berkeley

"Social Theory is an essential guide through the complex contours of multicultural ideology and theory from the nineteenth century to the present. Lemert brings together a surprising range of multicultural voices and perspectives into a powerful and provocative introductory text. Social Theory clearly illustrates how critical ideas have the power to transform societies."
Manning Marable, Columbia University

"A rich, highly textured, historically sweeping, and strikingly inclusive collection that aims to reconstruct, perhaps for the first time, the actual dialogue of contemporary social thought."
Jeffrey Alexander, Yale University

"Charles Lemert captures the surfacing of multiple theoretical voices in the postmodern era. No theory course should be without Social Theory."
Steve Seidman, State University of New York at Albany

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813346687
  • Publisher: Westview Press
  • Publication date: 3/26/2013
  • Edition description: Fifth Edition
  • Pages: 544
  • Sales rank: 149,533
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author


Charles Lemert is currently University Professor and Andrus Professor of Social Theory Emeritus at Wesleyan University and Senior Fellow of the Center for Comparative Research at Yale University. He is the author and editor of many books, most recently Globalization: The Basics and Why Niebuhr Matters.
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Table of Contents


Preface, 2013
Acknowledgments, 2013 Edition

Introduction
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
On Imperialism in India
Capital and The Values of Commodities
Capital and the Fetishism of Commodities
Capital and Labor Power

Friedrich Engels
The Patriarchal Family

Jane Addams
The Settlement as a Factor in the Labor Movement

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

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

Talcott 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

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi
Nonviolent Force: A Spiritual Dilemma

Mao Tse-tung
Identity, Struggle, Contradiction

Part Three
The Golden Movement: 1945-1963
Charles Lemert

The Golden Age

George Kennan
The United States and the Containment of the Soviets

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

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

Students for a Democratic Society
Participatory Democracy (from The Port Huron Statement)

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
Black Power and Stokely

Alvin W. Gouldner
Toward a Reflexive Sociology

Herbert Marcuse
Repressive Desublimation of One-Dimensional Man

Harold Garfinkel
Reflexive Properties of Practical Sociology

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

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

Jurgen Habermas
Critical Theory, the Colonized Lifeworld, and Communicative Competence

Anthony Giddens
Post-Modernity or Radicalized Modernity?

Ernesto LaClau and Chantal Mouffe
Radical Democracy: Alternative for a New Left

Nancy Hartsock
A Theory of Power for Women?

Jeffrey Alexander
Cultural Codes and Democratic Communication

James S. Coleman
The New Social Structure and the New Social Science
New Cultural Theories After Modernity

Cornel West
The New Cultural Politics of Difference

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

Gloria Anzaldúa
The New Mestiza

Jeffrey Weeks
Sexual Identification Is a Strange Thing

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
Charles Lemert

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

Zygmunt Bauman
Liquid Modernity

David Harvey
Neo-liberalism on Trial

Stanley Hoffman
The Clash of Globalizations

Stuart Hall
The Global, the Local, and the Return of Ethnicity

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

Elijah Anderson
The "Nigger Moment" in the Cosmopolitan Canopy

Charles Tilly
Future Social Science and The Invisible Elbow

Julia Kristeva
Women’s Time

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

Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri
The Multitude Against the Empire

Raewyn Connell
Southern Theory: Gender and Violence

Slavoj Žižek
Cynicism as a Form of Ideology

Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari
The Rhizome/A Thousand Plateaus

Giorgio Agamben
Sovereign Power and Bare Life

Bruno Latour
Spheres and Networks: The Spaces of Material Life

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