9781452217826

Illuminating Social Life : Classical and Contemporary Theory Revisited

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    9781452217826

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  • Edition: 6th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 11/2/2012
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications, Inc

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Summary

The sixth edition of Peter Kivisto's popular anthology, Illuminating Social Life, continues to demonstrate to students how social theories can help them make sense of the swirling events and perplexing phenomena that they encounter in their daily lives. A perfect complement for sociological theory courses, this updated edition includes 13 original essays by leading scholars in the field that help students better understand and appreciate the relevance of social theory. Once again, Peter Kivisto's collection illuminates the connection between sociological theory and the realities that students are faced with every day -from the Internet, alcohol use, and body building to shopping malls, the working world, and fast-food restaurants

Table of Contents

About the Editorp. vii
Prefacep. ix
Classical Sociological Theoryp. 1
Introductionp. 1
Celebratory Capitalism and the Commodification of Informationp. 5
The Weberian Theory of Rationalization and the McDonaldization of Contemporary Societyp. 29
Surfing the Net for Community: A Durkheimian Analysis of Electronic Gatheringsp. 51
Alcohol-Related Windows on Simmel's Social Worldp. 95
Contemporary Theories and Their Connections to the Classicsp. 125
Introductionp. 125
Cultural Sociology and the Meaning of Musicp. 133
Why Do African-Americans Pay More for New Cars? A Structural Explanationp. 153
Critical Theory, Legitimation Crisis, and the Deindustrialization of Flint, Michiganp. 197
Race-Based Critical Theory and the "Happy Talk" of Diversity in Americap. 229
The Socially Constructed Body: Insights From Feminist Theoryp. 249
Organizing Door-to-Door Sales: A Symbolic Interactionist Analysisp. 275
Goffman's Dramaturgical Sociology: Personal Sales and Service in a Commodified Worldp. 297
Contrasts of Carnival: Mardi Gras Between the Modern and the Postmodernp. 319
Negotiating the Social Landscape to Create Social Changep. 345
Globalization Theory and Religious Fundamentalismp. 369
Indexp. 393
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