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Social Blueprints Conceptual Foundations of Sociology

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ISBN-10: 0195162269

ISBN-13: 9780195162264

Edition: 2004

Authors: David K. Brown

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Sociology is a challenge to think and perhaps even to act differently. Social Blueprints enables readers to imagine the social worlds that envelop us in new and complex ways. It makes essential social processes more discernible without sacrificing the sophisticated analysis and critical challenges to popular thinking that make sociology such a vibrant field. The book examines pivotal concepts such as power, culture, interaction, identity, and social structure.
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Book details

List price: $69.95
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 2/19/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

David K. Brown was a distinguished naval architect who was Deputy Chief Naval Architect of the Royal Corps of Naval Constructors. He published widely on the subject of warship design, including The Grand Fleet. He died in 2008.

Each chapter ends with Suggestions for Further Study
Individuality, Society, and Identity: Cornerstones of Sociological Reasoning
Vivifying the Mundane: The Sociological Imagination
The Sociological Imagination
Individual v. Social Problems
The Sociology of Celebrities: Individuals in Social Context
The American Preoccupation with Individualism in Cultural, Political, & Economic Life
The Sociology of Identities
Individuals as Webs of Group Affiliation
Social Identities: Repertoire Selection, Multiple Consciousness, and Ambiguity
The Contested Terrain of Sociological Knowledge
Some Cautionary Notes about Sociology v. Psychology
The Reality of the Social: Social Facts
The Logical Gulf Between Fact and Value Statements
Muddying the Waters
The Politics of Social Knowledge
Conclusion
Social Theories
Their Interplay and Contradictions
The Nature and Relevance of Social Theories
Theories as Paradigms
Theoretical Reasoning: Inductive and Deductive
Four Broad Types of Social Theory
Rational Choice Theories: Individuals Pursuing Interests
Where Do Desires Come From?
The Free-Rider Problem
Are Rational People Honest?
Do People Choose to be Unequal?
Functional Theories: Harmony and Necessary Differences
Basic Functionalist Imagery
Is Social Inequality Simply Necessary?
Symbolic Interactionist and Social Constructionist Theories
Interaction, Meaning, and Everyday Life
Mind, Self, and Society
Modern Symbolic Interactionism
Symbolic Interactionism/Constructionism: Are the Trees Hiding the Forest?
Conflict Theories: Arenas of Power and Inequality
The Interplay of Conflict Theory with Other Perspectives
Karl Marx's Enduring Legacy
Weber's Multidimensional Conflict Theory
Conflict Theories: Too Much Pessimism, or Sober Realism?
Conclusion
Culture, Structure, and Interaction: Unraveling the Fibers of Everyday Life
Distinguishing Social Structure, Culture, and Interaction
Social Structural Determinism or Cultural Autonomy
Beyond Good and Evil: Religion as an Emblem of Society
Beyond Cold Hard Cash: The Sociology of Money
Understanding Culture and Social Power
Cashing in on Culture: The Flow of Cultural, Social, and Economic Capital
Roads Between High Culture and Popular Culture
Interpreting Pink Flamingoes: Everyday Expressions of Social Positions
"Lions & Tigers & Bears--Oh My!": The Cultural and Political Construction of Social Problems
Cultural Production, Distribution, and Interpretation
A Basic Model of Cultural Production Processes
Making Chili Peppers
Organizational Processes in the Rise of a Band
Pets or Meat? The Interpretation of Cultural Products
Conclusion
Power and Authority: In Social Movements, States, and Organization
A Sociological Perspective on Power
The Power Prism and its Refractions: An analytical Tool
Social Power and Social Movements
Reading Power into Political Protests
Power, States, and Legitimacy
Spreading Social Power in Authoritarian Regimes
Theaters of War
The Social Construction of State Legitimacy
Power in Organizations
Power and Control in Work Places
Bureaucratic Organizations and Abstract Social Power
The Symbolic Architecture of Organizational Power
Conclusion
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