Social Theory: Roots and Branches / Edition 4

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Edited by Peter Kivisto, this acclaimed collection of accessible primary source readings enables students to experience "first-hand" a wide range of perspectives shaping current sociological theory. Now in its fourth edition, Social Theory: Roots and Branches covers both classical theory (the roots) and contemporary theory (the branches) and shows how they are linked. Part One features work from such well-known classical theorists as Marx, Durkheim, Weber, and Simmel while also presenting selections by theorists outside of the discipline and from writers who are often overlooked in competing collections, including W. E. B. Du Bois, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, and Harriet Martineau. Part Two offers readings that illustrate major contemporary theoretical approaches, ending with a section on cutting-edge directions in theoretical discourse.

Featuring eighty-two seminal writings, Social Theory helps students draw connections across different schools of thought. Each reading is enhanced by a concise, thought-provoking introduction that highlights its key points and frames it in a larger context. These introductions serve as a useful "road map" for students as they travel through the diverse views and continuing debates that make the study of social theory an exciting adventure. The introductions also explain core issues and relationships among the topics covered. The fourth edition is enhanced by seventeen new selections, including five articles in a new section on theories of race, ethnicity, and nationalism. New discussion questions follow each section.

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"Social Theory provides the best overview of theory for undergraduate students. It is an intelligent text, and the coverage is excellent, more comprehensive than competing texts. It provides the broadest coverage of the classical theorists and contemporary theorists in one text and in their own words."--Barbara Arrighi, Northern Kentucky University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199732036
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 1/20/2010
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 640
  • Sales rank: 592,328
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Kivisto is Richard Swanson Professor of Social Thought and Chair of Sociology at Augustana College and the Finland Distinguished Professor at the University of Turku, Finland.

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Table of Contents

*=New to this edition
Introduction: "What is Social Theory?", Peter Kivisto
I. Karl Marx
1. Alienated Labor
2. The German Ideology (with Friedrich Engels)
3. Manifesto of the Communist Party (with Friedrich Engels)
4. Commodities
5. The General Formula for Capital
II. Émile Durkheim
6. On Mechanical and Organic Solidarity
7. What Is a Social Fact?
8. Anomic Suicide
9. Primitive Classification (with Marcel Mauss)
10. The Human Meaning of Religion
III. Max Weber
11. "Objectivity" in Social Science and Social Policy
12. The Spirit of Capitalism
13. Bureaucracy
14. The Nature of Charismatic Domination
15. Class, Status, Party
IV. Georg Simmel
16. Fashion
17. The Problem of Sociology
18. Conflict as the Basis of Group Formation
19. The Stranger
20. The Philosophy of Money
V. Other Foundational Voices
* 21. Political Non-existence of Women, Harriet Martineau
22. The Conservation of Races, W. E. B. Du Bois
23. The Dependence of Women, Charlotte Perkins Gilman
* 24. Pecuniary Canons of Taste, Thorstein Veblen
25. Utilization of Women in City Government, Jane Addams
* 26. The Theory of Public Opinion, Charles Horton Cooley
VI. Voices Outside the Discipline
27. The Madman, Friedrich Nietzsche
28. What Pragmatism Means, William James
* 29. The Eclipse of the Public, John Dewey
30. Civilization and Its Discontents, Sigmund Freud
31. The Fusion of the 'I' and the 'Me' in Social Activities, George Herbert Mead
VII. Functionalism and Neofunctionalism
32. The Unanticipated Consequences of Social Action, Robert K. Merton
* 33. The Subsystems of Society, Talcott Parsons
34. Functional Differentiation, Niklas Luhmann
35. After Neofunctionalism, Jeffrey Alexander
VIII. Conflict Theories
36. The Functions of Social Conflict, Lewis Coser
37. Culture and Politics, C. Wright Mills
38. Conflict Groups and Group Conflict, Ralf Dahrendorf
39. The Basics of Conflict Theory, Randall Collins
IX. Symbolic Interaction, Phenomenology, and Ethnomethodology
40. Society as Symbolic Interaction, Herbert Blumer
41. Performances, Erving Goffman
42. Indirect Social Relationships, Alfred Schutz
43. Rules of Conversational Sequence, Harvey Sacks
44. Studies of the Routine Grounds of Everyday Activities, Harold Garfinkel
X. Exchange Theory and Rational Choice Theory
45. Social Behavior as Exchange, George C. Homans
46. Power-Dependence Relations, Richard M. Emerson
47. Human Capital and Social Capital, James S. Coleman
48. Persons, Harrison C. White
49. Formulation of Exchange Theory, Peter Blau
XI. Feminist Theory
50. Doing Gender, Candace West and Don H. Zimmerman
51. Subversive Bodily Acts, Judith Butler
52. Toward an Afrocentric Feminist Epistemology, Patricia Hill Collins
53. Sociology from Women's Experience: A Reaffirmation, Dorothy E. Smith
* 54. Femininity and Masculinity, Raewyn Connell
* XII. Theories of Race, Ethnicity, and Nationalism
* 55. The Theoretical Status of the Concept of Race, Michael Omi and Howard Winant
* 56. Between Camps: Race and Culture in Postmodernity, Paul Gilroy
* 57. Theorizing the "Modes of Incorporation," Jeffrey Alexander
* 58. Ethnicity without Groups, Rogers Brubaker
* 59. Nationalism and the Cultures of Democracy, Craig Calhoun
XIII. Critical Theory
60. Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction, Walter Benjamin
* 61. One-Dimensional Man, Herbert Marcuse
62. Traditional and Critical Theory, Max Horkheimer
* 63. Personal Identity and Disrespect, Axel Honneth
* 64. Three Normative Models of Democracy, Jürgen Habermas
XIV. Contemporary Theories of Modernity
65. Shame and Repugnance, Norbert Elias
66. Spectacular Time, Guy Debord
67. The Reflexivity of Modernity, Anthony Giddens
68. Risk Society: Towards a New Modernity, Ulrich Beck
* 69. Redistribution, Bruno Latour
XV. Structuralism, Poststructuralism, and Postmodernity
* 70. The Correspondence between Goods Production and Taste Production, Pierre Bourdieu
71. Advertising, Jean Baudrillard
72. Panopticism, Michel Foucault
* 73. On Living in a Liquid Modern World, Zygmunt Bauman
74. Modern and Postmodern, Mike Featherstone
XVI. World Systems and Globalization Theory
75. The Three Instances of Hegemony in the History of the Capitalist World-Economy, Immanuel Wallerstein
76. Mapping the Global Condition, Roland Robertson
77. Disjunction and Difference in the Global Cultural Economy, Arjun Appadurai
78. Theorizing Globalization, Douglas Kellner
XVII. Further New Directions in Contemporary Social Theory
79. The Subject and Societal Movements, Alain Touraine
80. Interaction Ritual Theory, Randall Collins
81. Materials for an Exploratory Theory of the Network Society, Manuel Castells
82. Mobile Sociology, John Urry

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