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Social Theory Roots & Branches

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  • Edition: 6th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2020-01-31
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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Edited by Peter J. Kivisto, this acclaimed collection of accessible primary source readings enables students to experience "firsthand" a wide range of perspectives that are shaping current sociological theory. Now in its sixth 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. It also presents 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.

Author Biography

Peter J. Kivisto is Richard A. Swanson Professor of Social Thought in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Augustana College. He is also an International Reader at the University of Helsinki.

Table of Contents

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Social Theory: Classical Foundations and Contemporary Developments

Part One: The Roots-Classical Social Theory

I. Karl Marx
1. Alienated Labor
2. The German Ideology (with Friedrich Engels)
3. Manifesto of the Communist Party (with Friedrich Engels)
4. The Civil War in France *

II. ?mile Durkheim
5. On Mechanical and Organic Solidarity
6. What Is a Social Fact?
7. Anomic Suicide
8. Individualism and the Intellectuals *

III. Max Weber
9. The Spirit of Capitalism
10. Bureaucracy
11. The Sociology of Charismatic Authority
12. Class, Status, Party

IV. Georg Simmel
13. Fashion
14. The Metropolis and Mental Life
15. The Stranger

V. Other Foundational Voices
16. On Marriage, Harriet Martineau
17. On Individualism, Alexis de Tocqueville
18. Of Our Spiritual Strivings, W.E.B. DuBois *
19. The Dependence of Women, Charlotte Perkins Gilman
20. Conspicuous Consumption, Thorstein Veblen
21. Social and Individual Aspects of Mind, Charles Horton Cooley
22. What Pragmatism Needs, William James
23. Democracy and Human Nature, John Dewey *
24. The Fusion of the 'I' and the 'Me' in Social Activities, George Herbert Mead

Part Two: The Branches: Contemporary Social Theory

VI. Functionalism, Structual-Functionalism, Systems Theory
25. The Unanticipated Consequences of Social Action, Robert K. Merton
26. The Structure of the Societal Community, Talcott Parsons *
27. The Functions of Social Conflict, Lewis Coser
28. Functional Differentiation, Niklas Luhmann

VII. Symbolic Interaction, Phenomenology, and Ethnomethodology
29. Society as Symbolic Interaction, Herbert Blumer
30. Situated Actions and Vocabularies of Motive, C. Wright Mills *
31. Performances, Erving Goffman
32. The Stranger: An Essay in Social Psychology, Alfred Schuetz *
33. Studies of the Routine Grounds of Everyday Activities, Harold Garfinkel
34. Interactional Ritual Theory, Randall Collins
VIII. Exchange Theory and Rational Choice Theory
35. Social Behavior as Exchange, George Homans
36. Formulation of Exchange Theory, Peter Blau
37. Human Capital and Social Capital, James S. Coleman
38. Fairness and Norms, Jon Elster *

IX. Gender Theory
39. Doing Gender, Candace West and Don H. Zimmerman
40. Categories Are Not Enough, Dorothy E. Smith *
41. Subversive Bodily Acts, Judith Butler *
42. Toward an Afrocentric Feminist Epistemology, Patricia Hill Collins
43. Femininity and Masculinity, Raewyn Connell
44. Queer-ing Sociology, Sociologizing Queer Theory, Steven Seidman

X. Critical Theory
45. Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction, Walter Benjamin
46. Freudian Theory and the Pattern of Fascist Propaganda, Theodor W. Adorno *
47. One-Dimensional Man, Herbert Marcuse
48. Three Normative Models of Democracy, J?rgen Habermas

XI. Race, Ethnicity, and Nationalism
49. The Theoretical Status of the Concept of Race, Michael Omi and Howard Winant
50. Between Camps: Race and Culture in Postmodernity, Paul Gilroy
51. Ethnicity without Groups, Rogers Brubaker
52. Nationalism and the Cultures of Democracy, Craig Calhoun

XII. State, Economy, and Civil Society
53. War Making and State Making as Organized Crime, Charles Tilly
54. The Politicization of Life, Giorgio Agamben
55. How Will Capitalism End? Wolfgang Streeck *
56. The Socialist Compass, Erik Olin Wright *
57. A Network Theory of Power, Manuel Castells *
58. Real Civil Societies: Dilemmas of Institutionalization, Jeffrey C. Alexander

XIII. Modernity
59. Shame and Repugnance, Norbert Elias
60. Spectacular Time, Guy Debord
61. The Reflexivity of Modernity, Anthony Giddens
62. Redistribution, Bruno Latour
63. On Living in a Liquid Modern World, Zygmunt Bauman
64. The Postmodern Condition: A Report on Knowledge, Jean-Fran?ois Lyotard
65. Multiple Modernities, S. N. Eisenstadt *
66. Modernity as a Project of Emancipation and the Possibility of Politics, Peter Wagner *

XIV. French Critical Theory: Structuralisms and Poststructuralisms
67. Structures and Habitus, Pierre Bourdieu *
68. Advertising, Jean Baudrillard
69. The Subject and Social Movements, Alain Touraine
70. Panopticism, Michel Foucault
71. The New Spirit of Capitalism, Luc Boltanski and ?ve Chiapello *

XV. World Systems and Globalization
72. Mapping the Global Condition, Roland Robertson *
73. The Three Instances of Hegemony in the History of the Capitalist World-Economy, Immanuel Wallerstein
74. The Cosmopolitan Condition: Why Methodological Nationalism Fails, Ulrich Beck
75. Disjunction and Difference in the Global Cultural Economy, Arjun Appadurai

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