Illuminating Social Life Classical and Contemporary Theory Revisited

ISBN-10: 1412952360

ISBN-13: 9781412952361

Edition: 4th 2008

Authors: Peter Kivisto, Peter Kivisto

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Illuminating Social Life has enjoyed increasing popularity with each edition. Editor Peter Kivisto attempts to bridge the gap between social theory and the substantive courses contained in the sociology curriculum. It is the only book designed for undergraduate teaching that shows todays students how classical and contemporary social theories can be used to shed new light on such topics as the internet, the world of work, fast food restaurants, shopping malls, alcohol use, body building, sales and service, and new religious movements. This Fourth Edition is updated and revised to help students appreciate the relevance and the significance of social theoryand in the process reduces the anxiety many feel about required theory courses. New to the Fourth Edition Addresses new issues : Two new chapters contribute to the immediacy and accuracy of the text for todays student Chapter 11: Contrasts of Carnival: Mardi Gras Between the Modern and Postmodern and Chapter 12: Negotiating the Social Landscape to Create Social Change. Incorporates substantive changes : Material has been updated throughout with significant changes to Chapters 1, 3, 8, and 13. Includes more discussion questions : There are now five discussion questions instead of three per reading. Makes the content more accessible and relevant for students : 13 original essays are written by current theorist illustrates the connection between research, theory, and issue. Offers substantial introductions by the Editor : These introductions help link the applied essays to a complete review of the classical and modern social theories used in the book. Intended Audience This text is a perfect complement for a standard theory text or other source materials for advanced undergraduate courses such as Sociological Theory and Classical and Contemporary Sociological Theory in departments of sociology.
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Book details

List price: $50.95
Edition: 4th
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: SAGE Publications, Incorporated
Publication date: 7/31/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 384
Size: 7.25" wide x 10.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.430

Peter Kivisto is Richard A. Swanson Professor of Social Thought and Chair of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Welfare at Augustana College and Finland Distinguished Professor at the University of Turku. His current research involves a collaborative project on multiculturalism with colleagues in Finland. His interests include immigration, social integration, citizenship, and religion. Among his recent books are Key Ideas in Sociology (2011), Illuminating Social Life (2011); Beyond a Border: The Causes and Consequences of Contemporary Immigration (2010, with Thomas Faist); Citizenship: Discourse, Theory and Transnational Prospects (2007, with Thomas Faist); and Intersecting Inequalities (2007, with Elizabeth Hartung). He serves on the editorial boards of Contexts, Ethnic and Racial Studies, Journal of Intercultural Studies , and on the Publication Committee for Sociology of Religion .

Classical Sociological Theory
Introduction
Working Longer, Living Less
Understanding Marx through the Workplace Today
The Weberian Theory of Rationalization and the McDonaldization of Contemporary Society
Surfing the Net for Community
A Durkheimian Analysis of Electronic Gatherings
Alcohol-Related Windows on Simmel's Social World
Contemporary Theories and Their Connections To The Classics
Introduction
Criminalizing Transgressing Youth
A Neofunctionalist Analysis of Institution Building
Why Do African-Americans Pay More for New Cars? A Structural Explanation
Critical Theory, Legitimation Crisis and the Deindustrialization of Flint, Michigan
The Socially Constructed Body
Insights from Feminist Theory
Pretty Woman, Ugly Man
Interpretivism and the Study of Prostitution
Goffman's Dramaturgical Sociology
Personal Sales and Service in a Commodified World
The 'New' Means of Consumption
A Postmodern Analysis
Globalization and Religious Fundamentalism
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