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Contemporary Sociological Theory



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This is the 3rd edition with a publication date of 1/10/2012.

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This comprehensive collection of contemporary sociological theory is the definitive guide to current perspectives and approaches in the field, examining key topics and debates in the field. Collects the most representative material available on topics such as symbolic interactionism, phenomenology, structuralism, network theory, critical theory, feminist theory, and the debates over modernity and postmodernity Includes examinations of the work of Foucault, Giddens, and Bourdieu A new section for this edition opens up the debate on power and inequality Thematically organized

Author Biography

Craig Calhoun is University Professor and Professor of Sociology and History at New York University, and President of the Social Science Research Council.

Joseph Gerteis is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.

James Moody is Associate Professor of Sociology at Duke University, North Carolina.

Steven Pfaff is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Washington.

Indermohan Virk is Visiting Lecturer in Sociology at Indiana University, Bloomington.

Table of Contents

Micro-Sociological Analysis Introduction to Part I
The Phenomenology of the Social World
The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life
Symbolic Interactionism
Interaction Ritual Chains
Exchange and Rationality Introduction to Part II
Social Behavior as Exchange
Exchange and Power in social life
The Logic of Collective Action
Theory of Group Solidarity
Cooperation without Trust
Institutions & Networks Introduction to Part III
Economic Embeddedness
The Iron Cage Revisited
Structural Holes
Power and Inequality Introduction to Part IV
The Power Elite
On Hegemony
Coercion, Capital and European States
Power: A Radical View
State, Society, and Modern History
The Sociological Theory of Foucault Introduction to Part V
The History of Sexuality
Truth and Power
Discipline and Punish
The Sociological Theory of Pierre Bourdieu Introduction to Part VI
Social Space and Symbolic Space
Structures, Habitus, Practices
The Field of Cultural Production, or: The Economic World Reversed
Rethinking the State: Genesis and Structure of the Bureaucratic Field
Race, Gender, Difference Introduction to Part VII
The Conceptual Practices of Power
Black Feminist Thought
Black Skin, White Masks
The Paradoxes of Integration
Sociological Theory of Jurgen Habermas Introduction to Part VIII
Modernity: An Unfinished Project
The Rationalization of the Life-World
Civil Society and the Political Public Sphere
Learning from Catastrophe
Modernity Introduction to Part IX
Social Constraint towards Self-Constraint
Modernity and the Holocaust
Consequences of Modernity
We Have Never Been Modern
Crisis and Change Introduction to Part X
Systemic and Antisystemic Crises
The Rise of the Network Society
Reconfiguring Territory, Authority, and Rights
The Modern World System in Crisis
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