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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animations; discussion forums with webcam capabilities; commentaries and summaries of key concepts, including extended historical content; exams and quizzes; annotated selections from key readings; classroom activities; and links to supplemental texts.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.
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 a PhD candidate at the University of Minnesota. His research and teaching interests are in social and cultural theory, religion, morality, and the sociology of the self. Both Wesley and Daniel were Graduate Editors for Contexts, a publication of the ASA that makes sociology interesting and relevant to a non-academic, public audience.
Table of Contents
|Series foreword||p. xiii|
|Emergence Through Convergence: The Puzzles of Social Order||p. 1|
|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||p. 7|
|The Rules of Sociological Method||p. 7|
|The Division of Labor in Society||p. 14|
|Elementary Forms of Religious Life||p. 50|
|Contemporary Extensions: Social Order Re-Wired||p. 66|
|Categories of the Orientation and Organization of Action||p. 66|
|Studies in Ethnomethodology||p. 82|
|The Social Construction of Reality||p. 93|
|Networks of Capital: Dimensions of Global Capitalism||p. 107|
|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||p. 115|
|The German Ideology||p. 115|
|Manifesto of the Communist Party||p. 120|
|Economic and Philosophic Manuscripts of 1844||p. 136|
|Contemporary Extensions: Capital Re-Wired||p. 143|
|The Rise and Future Demise of the World Capitalist System||p. 143|
|Materials for an Exploratory Theory of the Network Society||p. 153|
|The Forms of Capital||p. 168|
|Pathway to Meltdown: Theorizing the Dark Side of Modernity 201|
|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||p. 209|
|The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism||p. 209|
|Basic Sociological Terms||p. 237|
|The Types of Legitimate Domination||p. 250|
|Class, Status, Party||p. 273|
|Contemporary Extensions: The Rational Society Re-Wired||p. 283|
|One-Dimensional Man||p. 283|
|Toward a Rational Society||p. 292|
|Discipline and Punish||p. 299|
|The Consequences of Modernity||p. 310|
|Shifting the Paradigm: Excluded Standpoints, Alternative Knowledges||p. 323|
|Introductory Essay: Webs of Knowledge in the Digital Divide|
|The production of knowledge on the Internet is not as democratic as we might think. Du Bois, 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. Du Bois and Simone de Beauvoir||p. 331|
|The Souls of Black Folk||p. 331|
|The Second Sex||p. 337|
|Contemporary Extensions: Paradigms Re-Wired||p. 348|
|Racial Formation in the United States||p. 348|
|Black Skin, White Masks||p. 364|
|The Conceptual Practices of Power||p. 388|
|Black Feminist Thought||p. 395|
|Rise of the Avatar: Connecting Self and Society||p. 415|
|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||p. 423|
|The Self||p. 423|
|The Metropolis and Mental Life||p. 439|
|The Stranger||p. 448|
|Contemporary Extensions: Identity Re-Wired||p. 452|
|The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life||p. 452|
|The History of Sexuality||p. 454|
|Gender Trouble||p. 471|
|From Pilgrim to Tourist: or a Short History of Identity||p. 482|
|Glossary Index||p. 497|
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