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Social Theory Re-Wired

New Connections to Classical and Contemporary Perspectives

By Wesley Longhofer, Daniel Winchester

Routledge – 2012 – 526 pages

Series: Contemporary Sociological Perspectives

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Description

This social theory text combines the structure of a print reader with the flexibility of an interactive website. The reader includes original texts from classical and contemporary theorists as well as short synopses of key ideas and brief biographies of each theorist. The website will contain a wide variety of innovative material that the instructor can use to tailor his or her social theory course, including videos and animations; discussion forums with webcam capabilities; commentaries and summaries of key concepts, including extended historical content; exams and quizzes; annotated selections from key readings; classroom activities and links to supplemental texts. The combination of a print reader and a modular online component will appeal to instructors looking to move parts of their course online or instructors already teaching in an online setting.

Contents

MAIN Table of Contents

Preface

I. EMERGENCE THROUGH CONVERGENCE: The Puzzles of Social Order

Introductory Essay: This Deserted Island is Out of Order

The classic novel The Lord of the Flies helps us see that social order is both a product of our own making and something much more powerful than the sum of its parts. We move from the social facts of Durkheim to more contemporary takes on the enigma of social order.

Classical Connections: Emile Durkheim

1. Emile Durkheim, The Rules of Sociological Method

2. Emile Durkheim, The Division of Labor in Society

3. Emile Durkheim, Suicide

4. Emile Durkheim, Elementary Forms of Religious Life

Contemporary Extensions: Social Order Re-Wired

5. Talcott Parsons and Edward Shils, "Categories of the Orientation and Organization of Action"

6. Harold Garfinkel, Studies in Ethnomethodology

7. Peter Berger and Thomas Luckmann, The Social Construction of Reality

 

II. NETWORKS OF CAPITAL: Dimensions of Global Capitalism

Introductory Essay: Salvaging What Wall Street Left Behind

Today’s global financial crisis reminds us that economic troubles have profound consequences for social relationships. Marx sets the stage for a lively discussion of the role the economy plays in our global age, and Wallerstein, Castells, and Bourdieu provide contemporary visions of the many links between the economic and the social.

Classical Connections: Karl Marx

8. Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, The German Ideology

9. Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, Manifesto of the Communist Party

10. Karl Marx, Capital

11. Karl Marx, "Economic and Philosophic Manuscripts of 1844"

Contemporary Extensions: Capital Re-Wired

12. Immanuel Wallerstein, "The Rise and Future Demise of the World Capitalist System"

13. Manuel Castells, "Materials for an Exploratory Theory of the Network Society"

14. Pierre Bourdieu, "The Forms of Capital"

15. Pierre Bourdieu, Distinction

 

III. PATHWAY TO MELTDOWN: Theorizing the Dark Side of Modernity

Introductory Essay: Your Smart Phone Might Be an Evil Genius

Smart phones are but one example of how our social world is becoming more and more shaped by technology. From the pious Puritans of Weber to the one-dimensional men of the Frankfurt School, we explore the pitfalls and promises of a rationalized, modern society.

Classical Connections: Max Weber

16. Max Weber, The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism

17. Max Weber, "Basic Sociological Terms"

18. Max Weber, "The Types of Legitimate Domination"

19. Max Weber, "Bureaucracy"

20. Max Weber, "Class, Status, Party"

Contemporary Extensions: The Rational Society Re-Wired

21. Herbert Marcuse, One–Dimensional Man

22. Jurgen Habermas, Toward a Rational Society

23. Michel Foucault, Discipline and Punish

24. Anthony Giddens, The Consequences of Modernity

 

IV. SHIFTING THE PARADIGM: Excluded Voices, Alternative Knowledges

Introductory Essay: Webs Of Knowledge in the Digital Divide

The production of knowledge on the Internet is not as democratic as we might think. DuBois, Beauvoir, and more contemporary voices within critical race, postcolonial, and feminist thought remind us the same is true in social theory.

Classical Connections: W.E.B. DuBois and Simone de Beauvoir

25. W.E.B. Du Bois, The Souls of Black Folk

26. Simone de Beauvoir, The Second Sex

Contemporary Extensions: Paradigms Re-Wired

27. Michael Omi and Howard Winant, Racial Formation in the United States

28. Frantz Fanon, Black Skin, White Masks

29. Edward Said, Orientalism

30. Dorothy Smith, The Conceptual Practices of Power

31. Patricia Hill Collins, Black Feminist Thought

 

V. RISE OF THE AVATAR: Connecting Self and Society

Introductory Essay: Through the Looking-Glass of Facebook

Our Facebook profiles provide a glimpse of the collective foundations of our individual selves. Mead and Simmel lay the foundations for thinking about the social origins of the self, and Goffman, Foucault, and others provide provocative takes on what identity means in today’s complicated world.

Classical Connections: George Herbert Mead and Georg Simmel

32. George Herbert Mead, "Self"

33. Georg Simmel, "The Metropolis and Mental Life"

34. Georg Simmel, "The Stranger"

Contemporary Extensions: Identity Re-Wired

35. Erving Goffman, The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life

36. Michel Foucault, The History of Sexuality

37. Judith Butler, Gender Trouble

38. Zygmunt Bauman, "From Pilgrim to Tourist: or a Short History of Identity"

Glossary Index

ALTERNATE Table of Contents (BY TRADITION OR THEORIST)

Preface

I. Classical Sociological Theory

1. KARL MARX

8. Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, The German Ideology

9. Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, Manifesto of the Communist Party

10. Karl Marx, Capital

11. Karl Marx, "Economic and Philosophic Manuscripts of 1844"

2. EMILE DURKHEIM

1. Emile Durkheim, The Division of Labor in Society

2. Emile Durkheim, The Rules of Sociological Method

3. Emile Durkheim, Suicide

4. Emile Durkheim, Elementary Forms of Religious Life

3. MAX WEBER

16. Max Weber, The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism

17. Max Weber, "Basic Sociological Terms"

18. Max Weber, "The Types of Legitimate Domination"

19. Max Weber, "Bureaucracy"

20. Max Weber, "Class, Status, Party"

4. GEORG SIMMEL

33. Georg Simmel, "The Metropolis and Mental Life"

34. Georg Simmel, "The Stranger"

5. DU BOIS AND DE BEAUVOIR

25. W.E.B. Du Bois, The Souls of Black Folk

26. Simone de Beauvoir, The Second Sex

II. Mid–Century American Sociology

6. PRAGMATISM

32. George Herbert Mead, "Self"

7. STRUCTURAL FUNCTIONALISM

5. Talcott Parsons and Edward Shils, "Categories of the Orientation and Organization of Action"

8. PHENOMENOLOGY

7. Peter Berger and Thomas Luckmann, The Social Construction of Reality

 

9. SYMBOLIC INTERACTIONISM

35. Erving Goffman, The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life

10. ETHNOMETHODOLOGY

6. Harold Garfinkel, Studies in Ethnomethodology

III. Recent Developments

11. CRITICAL THEORY

21. Herbert Marcuse, One–Dimensional Man

22. Jurgen Habermas, Toward a Rational Society

12. POSTSTRUCTURALISMS

23. Michel Foucault, Discipline and Punish

36. Michel Foucault, The History of Sexuality

14. Pierre Bourdieu, "The Forms of Capital"

15. Pierre Bourdieu, Distinction

13. CONTEMPORARY FEMINIST THEORY

30. Dorothy Smith, The Conceptual Practices of Power

31. Patricia Hill Collins, Black Feminist Thought

37. Judith Butler, Gender Trouble

14. RACE, ETHNICITY, AND POSTCOLONIALISM

28. Frantz Fanon, Black Skin, White Masks

29. Edward Said, Orientalism

27. Michael Omi and Howard Winant, Racial Formation in the United States

15. MODERNITY AND POSTMODERNITY

12. Immanuel Wallerstein, "The Rise and Future Demise of the World Capitalist System"

13. Manuel Castells, "Materials for an Exploratory Theory of the Network Society"

24. Anthony Giddens, The Consequences of Modernity

38. Zygmunt Bauman, "From Pilgrim to Tourist: or a Short History of Identity"

Glossary Index

Author Bio

Wesley Longhofer is an assistant professor in the Goizueta Business School at Emory University. He teaches courses in corporate social responsibility and conducts research on philanthropy, globalization, and civic engagement.

Daniel Winchester is an assistant professor at the University of Connecticut. His research and teaching interests are in social and cultural theory, religion, morality, and the sociology of the self.

Both Wes and Dan were Graduate Editors for Contexts, a publication of the ASA that makes sociology interesting and relevant to a non-academic, public audience. If you have any questions about the book or website, you can reach Dan at http://www.soc.umn.edu/people/gradprofile.php?UID=winch023.

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Description: By Wesley Longhofer, Daniel Winchester. This social theory text combines the structure of a print reader with the flexibility of an interactive website. The reader includes original texts from classical and contemporary theorists as well as short synopses of key ideas and brief biographies of...
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