Social Theory: Continuity and Confrontation: A Reader, Third Edition

Social Theory: Continuity and Confrontation: A Reader, Third Edition

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Overview

The third edition of this popular reader reflects considerable changes. With over seventy readings representing a wide diversity of theorists, it offers a breadth of coverage not available in other collections. The framework for understanding theory as a set of conversations over time is maintained and deepened, with a focus on key transitional theorists who helped pave the way from classical to contemporary theory. New contextual and biographical materials surround the primary readings, and each chapter includes a study guide with key terms, discussion questions, and innovative classroom exercises. The result is a fresh and expansive take on social theory that foregrounds a plurality of perspectives and defines contemporary trends in the field, while being both an accessible and manageable teaching tool.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781442606500
Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Higher Education Division
Publication date: 04/29/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 672
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Roberta Garner is Professor of Sociology at DePaul University in Chicago. She is the author of The Joy of Stats: A Short Guide to Introductory Statistics in the Social Sciences, Second Edition (2010). She teaches courses on theory, research design, statistics, and Greek mythology.

Black Hawk Hancock is Associate Professor of Sociology at DePaul University in Chicago. He is the co-author with Roberta Garner of Changing Theories: New Directions in Sociology (2009) and author of American Allegory: Lindy Hop and the Racial Imagination (2013).

Table of Contents

Preface
Reading Theory: A General Introduction

Part I: Beginnings
Introduction

Chapter One: Inventing the Lens
Introduction

Niccolo' Machiavelli, The Prince
Irving Zeitlin, Ideology and the Development of Sociological Theory
Edmund Burke, Reflections on the Revolution in France
Kant, "What is Enlightenment?"
Nietzsche, The Genealogy of Morals
A word on Auguste Comte

Suggested Readings
Study Guide
Key Terms
Questions & Exercises

Part II: Classical Theory
Introduction
Suggested Readings

Chapter Two: Marxist Theory
Introduction

Marx:
The Communist Manifesto, Part I
The German Ideology
Capital: "Fetishism of Commodities"; "On Machinery and Technology"

The Legacy of Marx and Engels:
Aronowitz and DiFazio, The Jobless Future
David Harvey, A Brief History of Neo-Liberalism

Suggested Readings
Study Guide
Key Terms
Questions & Exercises

Chapter Three: The Social Theory of Emile Durkheim
Introduction

The Rules of Sociological Method ("crime")
Suicide (on anomie)
Elementary Forms of Religious Life (from the Conclusion)

The Legacy of Emile Durkheim
Robert Merton, "Social Structure and Anomie"

Suggested Readings
Study Guide
Key Terms
Questions & Exercises

Chapter Four: The Social Theory of Max Weber
Introduction

Economy and Society: An Outline of Interpretive Sociology: excerpts and "Science as Vocation"

The Legacy of Max Weber
George Ritzer: McDonaldization of Society
Skocpol, "The Narrowing of Civic Life"

Suggested Readings
Study Guide
Key Terms
Questions & Exercises

Chapter Five: The Individual in Society: Simmel and Freud
Introduction

Simmel, The Miser and the Spendthrift and "The Metropolis and Mental Life"
Legacy of Simmel: David Riesman, The Lonely Crowd

Freud, Introductory Lectures on Psychoanalysis (excerpts)
The Legacy of Sigmund Freud:
Juliet Mitchell, Psychoanalysis and Feminism

Suggested Readings
Study Guide
Key Terms
Questions & Exercises
Part II - Questions and Exercises

Part III: The Middle Years
Introduction
Suggested Readings, Part III

Chapter Six: American Emergence
Introduction

Cooley and Mead. Mind, Self and Society
The Legacy of Cooley and Mead:
Patricia Adler and Peter Adler, "The Gloried Self"
W.E.B. Du Bois, The Souls of Black Folk
Darkwater, "The Souls of White Folk"
The Chicago School, St. Clair Drake and Horace Cayton. Black Metropolis
The Legacy of American Sociology:
William Julius Wilson, When Work Disappears

Suggested Readings
Study Guide
Key Terms
Questions & Exercises

Chapter Seven: Reconstructed Marxism
Introduction

Walter Benjamin, "The Work of Art in an Age of Mechanical Reproduction"
Adorno, Horkheimer, and Marcuse, The Dialectic of Enlightenment
Antonio Gramsci, The Prison Notebooks

Legacy of Gramsci:
Jean Anyon, "Social Class and the Hidden Curriculum of Work"

Suggested Readings
Study Guide
Key Terms
Questions & Exercises

Chapter Eight: American Hegemony
Introduction

Talcott Parson
Structural Functionalism. Theories of Society
Mental Illness. "Illness and the Role of the Physician"

C. Wright Mills
Conflict Theory. The Power Elite

Howard S. Becker
Symbolic Interactionism. Outsiders

Herbert Marcuse
Consumerism & 'False Needs.' One Dimensional Man

Louis Althusser
Structural Marxism. "Ideology and Ideological State Apparatus"

Suggested Readings
Study Guide
Key Terms
Questions & Exercises

Part IV: Transitions and Changes
Introduction
Suggested Readings for Part IV

Chapter Nine: The Social Theory of Erving Goffman
Introduction

The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life
Frame Analysis
'The Interaction Order'

Suggested Readings
Study Guide
Key Terms
Questions & Exercises

Chapter Ten: Power, Bodies, and Subjects: The Social Theory of Michel Foucault
Introduction

Discipline and Punish "The Body of the Condemned" and "The Panopticon"
"The Subject and the Power"

Suggested Readings
Study Guide
Key Terms
Questions & Exercises

Chapter Eleven: The Social Theory of Pierre Bourdieu
Introduction

Sociology in Question
The Logic of Practice
Distinction

Suggested Readings
Study Guide
Key Terms
Questions & Exercises

Chapter Twelve: The Social Theory of Stuart Hall
Introduction

"Encoding, Decoding"
"Old and New Identities, Old and New Ethnicities"
Gramsci's "Relevance for the Study of Race and Ethnicity"

Suggested Readings
Study Guide
Key Terms
Questions & Exercises

Part V: Dispersion and Difference
Introduction

Chapter Thirteen: Issues of Race and Ethnicity in a Post-Colonial World
Introduction

Frantz Fanon, The Wretched of the Earth
Edward W. Said, Orientalism
Michael Omi and Howard Winant, Racial Formation in the United States
David Roediger, The Wages of Whiteness

Suggested Readings
Study Guide
Key Terms
Questions & Exercises

Chapter Fourteen: Highlighting Gender and Sexuality
Introduction

Dorothy E. Smith, The Conceptual Practices of Power
Judith Butler, Bodies That Matter
Angela Davis. Lisa Lowe's Interview with Angela Davis (1995)
Raewynn W. Connell, Masculinities
John D'Emilio, "Capitalism and Gay Identity"

Suggested Readings
Study Guide
Key Terms
Questions & Exercises

Chapter Fifteen: Conceptions of Culture
Introduction

Raymond Williams, Marxism and Literature
Dick Hebdige, Subculture: The Meaning of Style
Jurgen Habermas, Legitimation Crises
The Theory of Communicative Action;
Frederic Jameson, Postmodernism or the Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism

Suggested Readings
Study Guide
Key Terms
Questions & Exercises

Chapter Sixteen: Media and Culture in the Information Age
Introduction

Guy Debord, The Society of the Spectacle
Jean Baudrillard, Simulacra and Simulation
Paul Willis, The Ethnographic Imagination
Roland Barthes, "Mythologies"

Suggested Readings
Study Guide
Key Terms
Questions & Exercises

Chapter Seventeen: Global Views
Introduction

Immanuel Wallerstein, The Modern World-System
Arjun Appadurai, "Disjuncture and Difference in the Global Cultural Economy"
Saskia Sassen, "The Global City: Strategic Site/New Frontier"
Nestor Garcia-Canclini, Hybrid Cultures: Strategies for Entering and Leaving Modernity

Suggested Readings
Study Guide
Key Terms
Questions & Exercises

Sources
Index

What People are Saying About This

Jonathan R. Wynn

Social Theory: A Reader is a sweeping review of sociological thought like no other.

Claire Laurier Decoteau

Garner and Hancock offer a selection of readings that are well chosen and wide reaching, providing theoretical materials which reflect the continuing relevance of the classics and the contemporary expansion of the discipline, but which also transcend strict disciplinary boundaries. Social Theory is an excellent resource for undergraduate and graduate instruction alike.

Preston Rudy

In this new edition, Garner and Hancock have established a forum for effective and productive learning, offering an exemplary balance between a comprehensive text that facilitates students' ability to read original statements, and a compendium of essential readings.

Erin O'Connor

This collection offers a dynamic juxtaposition of original text, biography, history, and practice-based exercises that allow readers to become apprentice-theorists, able to navigate the complex and contested meanings and mechanisms of society. Garner and Hancock's revised edition is an indispensable tool for teacher and student alike.

David Yamane

At a time when even some 'contemporary' theories are getting old, Garner and Hancock have given us something new: a reader that resists oversimplification and shows students the living relationships between classical and contemporary theory. The sheer number of authors presented here is impressive, and would be daunting if the organization of the book was not so ingenious. As a bonus, pedagogical materials at the end of each chapter help instructors to help their students become a part of these theoretical dialogues.

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