Contemporary Sociological Theory

Contemporary Sociological Theory

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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
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  • Paperback | 638 pages
  • 177 x 246 x 31mm | 984g
  • Wiley-Blackwell
  • Hoboken, United States
  • English
  • 3rd Edition
  • 0470655666
  • 9780470655665
  • 199,213

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Bringing the collection right up to date, this third edition is the definitive guide to current perspectives and approaches in the field of contemporary sociological theory. Organized thematically, this volume includes 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. The theories of Foucault, Giddens, and Bourdieu are thoroughly represented in order to enable the reader to examine their work in depth and a new section opens up the debate on power and inequality.



Accessible and yet intellectually thorough and with suggestions for further reading throughout, Contemporary Sociological Theory, in conjunction with its complement, Classical Sociological Theory, offers readers a complete overview of sociological theory.
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Table of contents

Notes on the Editors xi Acknowledgments xii Introduction 1 Part I Micro-Sociological Analysis 25 Introduction to Part I 27 1 The Phenomenology of the Social World (from The Phenomenology of the Social World) 35 Alfred Schutz 2 The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life (from The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life) 46 Erving Goffman 3 Symbolic Interactionism (from Symbolic Interactionism: Perspective and Method) 62 Herbert Blumer 4 "Interaction Ritual Chains" (from Interaction Ritual Chains) 75 Randall Collins Part II Exchange and Rationality 91 Introduction to Part II 93 5 Social Behavior as Exchange (from American Journal of Sociology) 100 George C. Homans 6 Exchange and Power in Social Life (from Exchange and Power in Social Life) 112 Peter M. Blau 7 The Logic of Collective Action (from The Logic of Collective Action: Public Goods and the Theory of Groups) 124 Mancur Olson 8 A Theory of Group Solidarity (from Principles of Group Solidarity) 129 Michael Hechter 9 Cooperation without Law or Trust (from Cooperation without Trust?) 142 Karen S. Cook, Russell Hardin, and Margaret Levi Part III Institutions and Networks 157 Introduction to Part III 159 10 Economic Embeddedness (from "Economic Action and Social Structure: The Problem of Embeddedness") 165 Mark Granovetter 11 The Iron Cage Revisited: Institutional Isomorphism and Collective Rationality in Organizational Fields (from "The Iron Cage Revisited: Institutional Isomorphism and Collective Rationality in Organizational Fields") 175 Paul J. DiMaggio and Walter W. Powell 12 Catnets (from Notes on the Constituents of Social Structure) 193 Harrison White 13 Structural Holes (from Stuctural Holes: The Social Structure of Competition) 204 Ronald S. Burt Part IV Power and Inequality 221 Introduction to Part IV 223 14 The Power Elite (from The Power Elite) 229 C. Wright Mills 15 On Hegemony (from Selections From the Prison Notebooks of Antonio Gramsci) 237 Antonio Gramsci 16 Coercion, Capital, and European States (from Coercion, Capital and European States, AD 990 1990) 251 Charles Tilly 17 Power: A Radical View (from Power: A Radical View) 266 Steven Lukes 18 State, Society and Modern History (from The Nation-State and Violence Volume Two of A Contemporary Critique of Historical Materialism) 277 Anthony Giddens Part V The Sociological Theory of Michel Foucault 287 Introduction to Part V 289 19 The History of Sexuality (from The History of Sexuality, vol. I: An Introduction) 295 Michel Foucault 20 Truth and Power (from Power/Knowledge: Selected Interviews and Other Writings, 1972 1977) 305 Michel Foucault 21 Discipline and Punish (from Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prison) 314 Michel Foucault Part VI The Sociological Theory of Pierre Bourdieu 323 Introduction to Part VI 325 22 Social Space and Symbolic Space (from "Social Space and Symbolic Space: Introduction to a Japanese Reading of Distinction") 335 Pierre Bourdieu 23 Structures, Habitus, Practices (from The Logic of Practice) 345 Pierre Bourdieu 24 The Field of Cultural Production, or: The Economic World Reversed (from Poetics) 359 Pierre Bourdieu 25 Rethinking the State: Genesis and Structure of the Bureaucratic Field (from Rethinking the State: Genesis and Structure of the Bureaucratic Field) 375 Pierre Bourdieu Part VII Race, Gender, Difference 387 Introduction to Part VII 389 26 The Conceptual Practices of Power (from The Conceptual Practices of Power: A Feminist Sociology of Knowledge) 398 Dorothy E. Smith 27 Black Feminist Epistemology (from Black Feminist Thought: Knowledge, Consciousness, and the Politics of Empowerment) 407 Patricia Hill Collins 28 Black Skin, White Masks (from Black Skin, White Masks) 417 Frantz Fanon 29 The Paradoxes of Integration (from The Ordeal of Integration: Progress and Resentment in America's "Racial" Crisis) 426 Orlando Patterson Part VIII Sociological Theory of Jurgen Habermas 435 Introduction to Part VIII 437 30 Modernity: An Unfinished Project (from Habermas and the Unfinished Project of Modernity) 444 Jurgen Habermas 31 The Rationalization of the Lifeworld (from The Theory of Communicative Action Volume 2: Lifeworld and System: A Critique of Functionalist Reason) 451 Jurgen Habermas 32 Civil Society and the Political Public Sphere (from Between Facts and Norms: Contributions to a Discourse Theory of Law and Democracy) 469 Jurgen Habermas Part IX Modernity 491 Introduction to Part IX 493 33 The Social Constraint towards Self-Constraint (from The Civilizing Process: The History of Manners and State Formation and Civilization) 499 Norbert Elias 34 Modernity and the Holocaust (from Modernity and the Holocaust) 510 Zygmunt Bauman 35 The Consequences of Modernity (from The Consequences of Modernity) 531 Anthony Giddens 36 We Have Never Been Modern (from We Have Never Been Modern) 546 Bruno Latour Part X Crisis and Change 561 Introduction to Part X 563 37 Systemic and Antisystemic Crises (from Adam Smith in Beijing: Lineages of the Twenty-First Century) 569 Giovanni Arrighi 38 Reconfiguring Territory, Authority, and Rights (from Territory. Authority. Rights: From Medieval to Global Assemblages) 579 Saskia Sassen 39 The Modern World-System in Crisis (from World-Systems Analysis: An Introduction) 587 Immanuel Wallerstein Index
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About Craig Calhoun

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.
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