Changing Theories New Directions in Sociology

ISBN-10: 0802096824

ISBN-13: 9780802096821

Edition: 2009

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Description: Influenced by Thomas Kuhn's work on paradigm shifts and its application in the social sciences, this original and innovative overview of contemporary theory identifies all of the major, overarching themes while acquainting students with a sample of individual theorists-the "transitional giants" who shaped contemporary theories. The authors chart the impact of social change on the evolution of contemporary theory, taking into account the shaping power of globalization, neoliberalism, expanded markets, new media, migration, and multiculturalism. They also explore the impact of contemporary theories on areas and sub-fields of sociology, and trace how the great social theories of the past are being reinterpreted and incorporated into new theories.The result is a refreshing interpretation of the important role theory plays both in the real world and in the shaping of an academic discipline.

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List price: $34.95
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: University of Toronto Press
Publication date: 3/1/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

Black Hawk Hancockis an Assistant Professor of Sociology at DePaul University. He is currently working on a book about the cultural and racial politics of the social world of dance entitled American Allegory: Lindy Hop and the Racial Imagination.Roberta Garneris a Professor of Sociology at DePaul University in Chicago. She is a co-editor of The New Chicago: A Social and Cultural Analysis (Temple University Press, 2006), and author of Contemporary Movements and Ideologies(McGraw-Hill, 1995) and Social Theory: Continuity and Confrontation, A Reader(Broadview Press, 2007).

Introduction: What is Theory, and Why does it Change?
Periods of Social Theory
The Organization of the Book
1968-2009: What Happened?
Why 1968?
A New Global Order: Globalization, Neoliberalism and Market Expansion, and Hyper-Industrialization
Issues without Borders: Population Growth, Urbanization, Health and Environmental Problems, and Regional Conflicts
The Emerging Distribution of Economic Inequality
Cultural Consequences: Postmodern Culture and Ironic Hopelessness
How and Why Did All These Changes Happen?
Changes in Theory
Introduction: Making Theories
How and Why Have Sociological Theories Changed in the Past Forty Years?
Toward Contemporary Theories
Transitional Giants
Erving Goffman (1922-1982)
Major Works, Ideas, and Concepts
Total Institutions and Labels
Interaction Order and Behavior
Frames of Reference and Discourse
The Politics and Feeling-Tone of Goffman's Work
Rupture and Continuity: Goffman as a Transitional Giant and Postmodernist
Michel Foucault (1926-1984)
Major Works, Ideas, and Concepts
Foucault and the Traditions of Social Theory
Foucault's Impact and Method
Foucault's Politics
Conclusion: Foucault and the Transition to Contemporary Theory
Pierre Bourdieu (1930-2002)
The Craft of Sociology
Habitus, Body, Practice
Symbolic Power, Symbolic Violence, and Misrecognition
Fields, Spaces, and Capitals
Taste, Distinction, and Naturalized Categories
Public Intellectuals and Politics
The Critique of Neoliberalism
Conclusion: A Note on Foucault and Bourdieu
Stuart Hall (1932-)
False Consciousness
The Function of Common Sense
Interpellation and Ideological Subjects
Hegemony, Ideology, and Societies Structured in Dominance
Race: The Floating Signifier
Media: The Politics of Representation
Critical Politics of Contesting Images
Culture as the Arena of Struggle
The Move to Ethnicity
Thinking about Multiculturalism
Intellectual Labor and Politics of Resistance
The Uneven Impact of Contemporary Theory on Sociology
Legacies, Reinterpretations, and New Paradigms
Beyond Legacies: What's New?
What Will Happen Next?
References and Suggestions for Further Reading
Note to Readers
General Theoretical References (with Jos� Soltero)
References and Reading Suggestions for the Transitional Giants
Erving Goffman
Michel Foucault
Pierre Bourdieu
Stuart Hall
Two Specialized Areas: References and Reading Suggestions
Theoretical Development in the Sociology of Families (prepared by Tait Runnfeldt Medina and Julie Artis)
Sociology of Health (prepared by Grace Budrys)
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