Social Theory: Continuity and Confrontation: A Reader, Third Edition

Edited by Roberta Garner and Black Hawk Hancock

© 2014

The third edition of this popular reader reflects considerable changes. With over seventy readings representing a wide diversity of theorists, it offers a breadth of coverage not available in other collections. The framework for understanding theory as a set of conversations over time is maintained and deepened, with a focus on key transitional theorists who helped pave the way from classical to contemporary theory. New contextual and biographical materials surround the primary readings, and each chapter includes a study guide with key terms, discussion questions, and innovative classroom exercises. The result is a fresh and expansive take on social theory that foregrounds a plurality of perspectives and defines contemporary trends in the field, while being both an accessible and manageable teaching tool.

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The third edition of this popular reader reflects considerable changes. With over seventy readings representing a wide diversity of theorists, it offers a breadth of coverage not available in other collections.

Social Theory: Continuity and Confrontation: A Reader, Third Edition

Edited by Roberta Garner and Black Hawk Hancock

© 2014

The third edition of this popular reader reflects considerable changes. With over seventy readings representing a wide diversity of theorists, it offers a breadth of coverage not available in other collections. The framework for understanding theory as a set of conversations over time is maintained and deepened, with a focus on key transitional theorists who helped pave the way from classical to contemporary theory. New contextual and biographical materials surround the primary readings, and each chapter includes a study guide with key terms, discussion questions, and innovative classroom exercises. The result is a fresh and expansive take on social theory that foregrounds a plurality of perspectives and defines contemporary trends in the field, while being both an accessible and manageable teaching tool.

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Product Details

  • North American Rights
  • Page Count: 672 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.0in x 9.0in
  • Reviews

    Garner and Hancock offer a selection of readings that are well chosen and wide reaching, providing theoretical materials which reflect the continuing relevance of the classics and the contemporary expansion of the discipline, but which also transcend strict disciplinary boundaries. Social Theory is an excellent resource for undergraduate and graduate instruction alike.
    Claire Laurier Decoteau, University of Illinois, Chicago

    Social Theory: A Reader is a sweeping review of sociological thought like no other.
    Jonathan R. Wynn, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

    This collection offers a dynamic juxtaposition of original text, biography, history, and practice-based exercises that allow readers to become apprentice-theorists, able to navigate the complex and contested meanings and mechanisms of society. Garner and Hancock's revised edition is an indispensable tool for teacher and student alike.
    Erin O'Connor, Marymount Manhattan College

    In this new edition, Garner and Hancock have established a forum for effective and productive learning, offering an exemplary balance between a comprehensive text that facilitates students' ability to read original statements, and a compendium of essential readings.
    Preston Rudy, San Jose State University

    At a time when even some 'contemporary' theories are getting old, Garner and Hancock have given us something new: a reader that resists oversimplification and shows students the living relationships between classical and contemporary theory. The sheer number of authors presented here is impressive, and would be daunting if the organization of the book was not so ingenious. As a bonus, pedagogical materials at the end of each chapter help instructors to help their students become a part of these theoretical dialogues.
    David Yamane, Wake Forest University
  • Author Information

    Roberta Garner is Professor of Sociology at DePaul University in Chicago. She is the author of The Joy of Stats: A Short Guide to Introductory Statistics in the Social Sciences, Second Edition (2010). She teaches courses on theory, research design, statistics, and Greek mythology.


    Black Hawk Hancock is Associate Professor of Sociology at DePaul University in Chicago. He is the co-author with Roberta Garner of Changing Theories: New Directions in Sociology (2009) and author of American Allegory: Lindy Hop and the Racial Imagination (2013).
  • Table of contents

    Preface
    Reading Theory: A General Introduction

    Part I: Beginnings
    Introduction

    Chapter One: Inventing the Lens
    Introduction

    Niccolo` Machiavelli, The Prince
    Irving Zeitlin, Ideology and the Development of Sociological Theory
    Edmund Burke, Reflections on the Revolution in France
    Kant, "What is Enlightenment?"
    Nietzsche, The Genealogy of Morals
    A word on Auguste Comte

    Suggested Readings
    Study Guide
    Key Terms
    Questions & Exercises

    Part II: Classical Theory
    Introduction
    Suggested Readings

    Chapter Two: Marxist Theory
    Introduction

    Marx:
    The Communist Manifesto, Part I
    The German Ideology
    Capital: "Fetishism of Commodities"; "On Machinery and Technology"

    The Legacy of Marx and Engels:
    Aronowitz and DiFazio, The Jobless Future
    David Harvey, A Brief History of Neo-Liberalism

    Suggested Readings
    Study Guide
    Key Terms
    Questions & Exercises

    Chapter Three: The Social Theory of Emile Durkheim
    Introduction

    The Rules of Sociological Method ("crime")
    Suicide (on anomie)
    Elementary Forms of Religious Life (from the Conclusion)

    The Legacy of Emile Durkheim
    Robert Merton, "Social Structure and Anomie"

    Suggested Readings
    Study Guide
    Key Terms
    Questions & Exercises

    Chapter Four: The Social Theory of Max Weber
    Introduction

    Economy and Society: An Outline of Interpretive Sociology: excerpts and "Science as Vocation"

    The Legacy of Max Weber
    George Ritzer: McDonaldization of Society
    Skocpol, "The Narrowing of Civic Life"

    Suggested Readings
    Study Guide
    Key Terms
    Questions & Exercises

    Chapter Five: The Individual in Society: Simmel and Freud
    Introduction

    Simmel, The Miser and the Spendthrift and "The Metropolis and Mental Life"
    Legacy of Simmel: David Riesman, The Lonely Crowd

    Freud, Introductory Lectures on Psychoanalysis (excerpts)
    The Legacy of Sigmund Freud:
    Juliet Mitchell, Psychoanalysis and Feminism

    Suggested Readings
    Study Guide
    Key Terms
    Questions & Exercises
    Part II - Questions and Exercises

    Part III: The Middle Years
    Introduction
    Suggested Readings, Part III

    Chapter Six: American Emergence
    Introduction

    Cooley and Mead. Mind, Self and Society
    The Legacy of Cooley and Mead:
    Patricia Adler and Peter Adler, "The Gloried Self"
    W.E.B. Du Bois, The Souls of Black Folk
    Darkwater, "The Souls of White Folk"
    The Chicago School, St. Clair Drake and Horace Cayton. Black Metropolis
    The Legacy of American Sociology:
    William Julius Wilson, When Work Disappears

    Suggested Readings
    Study Guide
    Key Terms
    Questions & Exercises

    Chapter Seven: Reconstructed Marxism
    Introduction

    Walter Benjamin, "The Work of Art in an Age of Mechanical Reproduction"
    Adorno, Horkheimer, and Marcuse, The Dialectic of Enlightenment
    Antonio Gramsci, The Prison Notebooks

    Legacy of Gramsci:
    Jean Anyon, "Social Class and the Hidden Curriculum of Work"

    Suggested Readings
    Study Guide
    Key Terms
    Questions & Exercises

    Chapter Eight: American Hegemony
    Introduction

    Talcott Parson
    Structural Functionalism. Theories of Society
    Mental Illness. "Illness and the Role of the Physician"

    C. Wright Mills
    Conflict Theory. The Power Elite

    Howard S. Becker
    Symbolic Interactionism. Outsiders

    Herbert Marcuse
    Consumerism & 'False Needs.' One Dimensional Man

    Louis Althusser
    Structural Marxism. "Ideology and Ideological State Apparatus"

    Suggested Readings
    Study Guide
    Key Terms
    Questions & Exercises

    Part IV: Transitions and Changes
    Introduction
    Suggested Readings for Part IV

    Chapter Nine: The Social Theory of Erving Goffman
    Introduction

    The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life
    Frame Analysis
    'The Interaction Order'

    Suggested Readings
    Study Guide
    Key Terms
    Questions & Exercises

    Chapter Ten: Power, Bodies, and Subjects: The Social Theory of Michel Foucault
    Introduction

    Discipline and Punish "The Body of the Condemned" and "The Panopticon"
    "The Subject and the Power"

    Suggested Readings
    Study Guide
    Key Terms
    Questions & Exercises

    Chapter Eleven: The Social Theory of Pierre Bourdieu
    Introduction

    Sociology in Question
    The Logic of Practice
    Distinction

    Suggested Readings
    Study Guide
    Key Terms
    Questions & Exercises

    Chapter Twelve: The Social Theory of Stuart Hall
    Introduction

    "Encoding, Decoding"
    "Old and New Identities, Old and New Ethnicities"
    Gramsci's "Relevance for the Study of Race and Ethnicity"

    Suggested Readings
    Study Guide
    Key Terms
    Questions & Exercises

    Part V: Dispersion and Difference
    Introduction

    Chapter Thirteen: Issues of Race and Ethnicity in a Post-Colonial World
    Introduction

    Frantz Fanon, The Wretched of the Earth
    Edward W. Said, Orientalism
    Michael Omi and Howard Winant, Racial Formation in the United States
    David Roediger, The Wages of Whiteness

    Suggested Readings
    Study Guide
    Key Terms
    Questions & Exercises

    Chapter Fourteen: Highlighting Gender and Sexuality
    Introduction

    Dorothy E. Smith, The Conceptual Practices of Power
    Judith Butler, Bodies That Matter
    Angela Davis. Lisa Lowe's Interview with Angela Davis (1995)
    Raewynn W. Connell, Masculinities
    John D'Emilio, "Capitalism and Gay Identity"

    Suggested Readings
    Study Guide
    Key Terms
    Questions & Exercises

    Chapter Fifteen: Conceptions of Culture
    Introduction

    Raymond Williams, Marxism and Literature
    Dick Hebdige, Subculture: The Meaning of Style
    Jurgen Habermas, Legitimation Crises
    The Theory of Communicative Action;
    Frederic Jameson, Postmodernism or the Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism

    Suggested Readings
    Study Guide
    Key Terms
    Questions & Exercises

    Chapter Sixteen: Media and Culture in the Information Age
    Introduction

    Guy Debord, The Society of the Spectacle
    Jean Baudrillard, Simulacra and Simulation
    Paul Willis, The Ethnographic Imagination
    Roland Barthes, "Mythologies"

    Suggested Readings
    Study Guide
    Key Terms
    Questions & Exercises

    Chapter Seventeen: Global Views
    Introduction

    Immanuel Wallerstein, The Modern World-System
    Arjun Appadurai, "Disjuncture and Difference in the Global Cultural Economy"
    Saskia Sassen, "The Global City: Strategic Site/New Frontier"
    Nestor Garcia-Canclini, Hybrid Cultures: Strategies for Entering and Leaving Modernity

    Suggested Readings
    Study Guide
    Key Terms
    Questions & Exercises

    Sources
    Index

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