Social Theory Re-Wired New Connections to Classical and Contemporary Perspectives

ISBN-10: 0415886546
ISBN-13: 9780415886543
Edition: 2012
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List price: $79.95
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 1/19/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 526
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 2.310
Language: English

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animations; discussion forums with webcam capabilities; commentaries and summaries of key concepts, including extended historical content; exams and quizzes; annotated selections from key readings; classroom activities; and links to supplemental texts.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.

Series foreword
Preface
Acknowledgments
Emergence Through Convergence: The Puzzles of Social Order
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
The Rules of Sociological Method
The Division of Labor in Society
Suicide
Elementary Forms of Religious Life
Contemporary Extensions: Social Order Re-Wired
Categories of the Orientation and Organization of Action
Studies in Ethnomethodology
The Social Construction of Reality
Networks of Capital: Dimensions of Global Capitalism
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
The German Ideology
Manifesto of the Communist Party
Capital
Economic and Philosophic Manuscripts of 1844
Contemporary Extensions: Capital Re-Wired
The Rise and Future Demise of the World Capitalist System
Materials for an Exploratory Theory of the Network Society
The Forms of Capital
Distinction
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
The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism
Basic Sociological Terms
The Types of Legitimate Domination
Bureaucracy
Class, Status, Party
Contemporary Extensions: The Rational Society Re-Wired
One-Dimensional Man
Toward a Rational Society
Discipline and Punish
The Consequences of Modernity
Shifting the Paradigm: Excluded Standpoints, Alternative Knowledges
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
The Souls of Black Folk
The Second Sex
Contemporary Extensions: Paradigms Re-Wired
Racial Formation in the United States
Black Skin, White Masks
Orientalism
The Conceptual Practices of Power
Black Feminist Thought
Rise of the Avatar: Connecting Self and Society
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
The Self
The Metropolis and Mental Life
The Stranger
Contemporary Extensions: Identity Re-Wired
The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life
The History of Sexuality
Gender Trouble
From Pilgrim to Tourist: or a Short History of Identity
Glossary Index
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