Social Theory, Volume II: From Modern to Contemporary Theory, Third Edition

Edited by Roberta Garner and Black Hawk Hancock

© 2014

The third edition of this popular reader reflects considerable changes. The framework for understanding theory as a set of conversations over time is maintained and deepened, but Volume II now begins with a focus on key transitional theorists who helped reconceive of classical theory in new ways. Extending from the classical tradition, chapters on race, gender, culture, media and globalization show how contemporary theory builds on the past even as it moves in new directions. 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 reflects contemporary trends in the field, while being an accessible and manageable teaching tool.

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This book is a fresh and expansive take on social theory that foregrounds a plurality of perspectives and reflects contemporary trends in the field, while being an accessible and manageable teaching tool.

Social Theory, Volume II: From Modern to Contemporary Theory, Third Edition

Edited by Roberta Garner and Black Hawk Hancock

© 2014

The third edition of this popular reader reflects considerable changes. The framework for understanding theory as a set of conversations over time is maintained and deepened, but Volume II now begins with a focus on key transitional theorists who helped reconceive of classical theory in new ways. Extending from the classical tradition, chapters on race, gender, culture, media and globalization show how contemporary theory builds on the past even as it moves in new directions. 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 reflects contemporary trends in the field, while being an accessible and manageable teaching tool.

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Product Details

  • Page Count: 336 pages
  • Dimensions: 8.0in x 0.9in x 10.0in
  • Reviews

    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

    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
  • 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
    Acknowledgments
    Reading Theory: A General Introduction

    Part IV: Transitions and Changes
    Introduction
    The Marxist Heritage
    Other Classical Legacies: Weber (and Nietzsche) and Durkheim
    Towards Conflict Constructionism
    Suggested Readings: Part IV

    Chapter 9: The Social Theory of Erving Goffman
    9.1 Erving Goffman (1922-1982)
    Goffman 's Dramaturgical Model of the Self
    Reading 9.1.1: Exerpts from Goffman's
    The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life (1959)
    Conceptualization of Everyday Experience: Goffman's Frame Analysis (1974)
    Reading 9.1.2: Excerpts from Goffman's Frame Analysis (1974)
    Interaction as the Matrix of Social Regulation
    Reading 9.1.3: Goffman's "The Interaction Order" (1982)

    Suggested Readings
    Study Guide

    Chapter 10: Power, Bodies, and Subjects: The Social Theory of Michel Foucault
    10.1 Michel Foucault (1926-1984)
    Foucault's Analysis of Surveillance and Punishment
    Reading 10.1.1: Foucault's "The Body of the Condemned" from
    Discipline and Punish (1975)
    Reading 10.1.2: Foucault's "Panopticon" from Discipline and Punish (1975)
    Foucault's Analysis of Power
    Reading 10.1.3: Foucault's "The Subject and the Power" (1982)

    Suggested Readings
    Study Guide

    Chapter 11: The Social Theory of Pierre Bourdieu
    Pierre Bourdieu (1930-2002)
    Bourdieu's Social Theory
    Reading 11.1: Excerpts from Bourdieu's Sociology in Question (1993)
    Habitus and Bourdieu's The Logic of Practice (1990)
    Reading 11.2: Excerpts from Bourdieu's The Logic of Practice (1990)
    Classifications and Categories as Tools of Power: Bourdieu's Distinction (1979)
    Reading 11.3: Excerpts from Bourdieu’s Distinction (1979)
    Suggested Readings
    Study Guide

    Chapter 12: The Social Theory of Stuart Hall
    Stuart Hall (1932-)
    Stuart Hall and Ideology, the Production of Culture, and the Politics of Representation
    Media Encoding and Decoding: The Uncertainty of Hegemonic Outcomes
    Reading 12.1: Excerpts from Hall's "Encoding/Decoding" (1980)
    Hall on Race and Ethnicity: Floating Signifiers
    Reading 12.2: Excerpts from Hall's "Old and New Identities, Old and New Ethnicities" (1991)
    Hall on Hegemony and the Legacy of Gramsci
    Reading 12.3: Excerpts from "Gramsci's Relevance for the Study of Race and Ethnicity" (1986)

    Suggested Readings
    Study Guide

    Part V: Dispersion and Difference
    Introduction

    Chapter 13: Issues of Race and Ethnicity in a Post-Colonial World
    Introduction
    Frantz Fanon (1925-1961)
    Fanon and the Racial and Colonial Divides
    Reading 13.1: Excerpts from Fanon's
    The Wretched of the Earth (1961)
    13.2 Edward Said (1935-2003)
    Edward Said: Orientalism and the Other
    Reading 13.2: Excerpts from Said's Orientalism (1978)
    13.3 Michael Omi and Howard Winant
    New Ways of Theorizing Race: Omi and Winant's Racial Formation in the United States (1986)
    Reading 13.3: Excerpts from Omi and Winant's Racial Formation in the United States (1986)
    13.4 David Roediger (1952-)
    David Roediger's The Wages of Whiteness (1991)
    Reading 13.4: Roediger'sThe Wages of Whiteness (1991)
    Suggested Readings
    Study Guide
    Key Terms
    Questions and Exercises

    Chapter 14: Highlighting Gender and Sexuality
    Introduction
    Dorothy E. Smith (1926-)
    Smith's Analysis of Gender, Power, and Perspectives on Society
    Reading 14.1: Excerpts from Smith's The Conceptual Practices of Power (1990)
    14.2 Judith Butler (1956-)
    Butler and the Structural Conditions of the Performance of Gender: Bodies That Matter (1993)
    Reading 14.2: Excerpts from Butler's Bodies That Matter (1993)
    14.3 Angela Y. Davis (1944-)
    Angela Y. Davis: Theory and Praxis
    Reading 14.3: Excerpts from Lisa Lowe's Interview of Angela Y. Davis (July 1, 1995)
    14.4 Raewyn (R.W.) Connell (1944-)
    R.W. Connell on the Construction of Masculinities
    Reading 14.4: Excerpts from Connell's Masculinities (1995)
    14.5 Society and Sexualities: John D'Emilio (1948-)
    Sexuality and Capitalism: D'Emilio's "Capitalism and Gay Identity" (1983)
    Reading 14.5: D'Emilio's "Capitalism and Gay Identity" (1983)
    Suggested Readings
    Study Guide

    Chapter 15: Conceptions of Culture
    Introduction
    15.1 Raymond Williams (1921-1988)
    Raymond Williams: The Complexity of Culture and the Structure of Feeling
    Reading 15.1: Excerpts from Williams's Marxism and Literature (1977)
    15.2 Dick Hebdige (1951-)
    Hebdige and the Creation of Culture
    Reading 15.2: Excerpts from Hebdige's
    Subculture: The Meaning of Style
    15.3 J├╝rgen Habermas (1929-)
    Democracy and the Public
    Reading 15.3.1: Excerpt from
    Legitimation Crisis (1973)
    Reading 15.3.2: Excerpt from Habermas's
    The Theory of Communicative Action (1981)
    15.4 Fredric Jameson (1934-)
    Jameson: Analyzing Postmodern Culture from a Marxist Perspective
    Reading 15.4: Excerpts from Jameson's "Postmodernism, or The Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism" (1984)

    Suggested Readings
    Study Guide

    Chapter 16: Media and Culture in the Information Age
    Introduction
    16.1 Guy Debord (1931-1994)
    Debord and The Society of the Spectacle (1967)
    Reading 16.1: Excerpt from Debord's The Society of the Spectacle (1967)
    16.2 Jean Baudrillard (1929-2007)
    Baudrillard's Media, Simulacra, and Implosion
    Reading 16.2.1: Excerpts from Baudrillard's
    Simulacra and Simulations (1981)
    Reading 16.2.2: Baudrillard's "The Masses: The Implosion of the Social in the Media" (1985)
    16.3 Postmodern Marxism: Paul Willis (1945-)
    What Do (Postmodern) Marxist Ethnographers Do?
    Reading 16.3: Excerpts from Willis's
    The Ethnographic Imagination (2000)
    16.4 Roland Barthes (1915-1980)
    Barthes, Myths and Critical Social Theory
    Reading 16.4: Excerpts from Barthes's
    Mythologies (1957)
    Suggested Readings
    Study Guide

    Chapter 17: Global Views
    Introduction
    17.1 Immanuel Wallerstein (1920-)
    Wallerstein and World Systems Theory
    Reading 17.1: Excerpts from Wallerstein's
    The Modern World-System (1974)
    17.2 Arjun Appadurai (1949-)
    Appadurai and Globalization
    Reading 17.2: Appadurai's "Disjuncture and Difference in the Global Cultural Economy" (1990)

    17.3 Saskia Sassen (1949-)
    Sassen and the Global City
    Reading 17.3: Excerpts from Sassen's "The Global City: Strategic Site/New Frontier" (2000)

    17.4 Nestor Garcia Canclini (1939-)
    Garcia Canclini: Hybridity, Globalization, and New Forms of Participation
    Reading 17.4: Excerpts from Garcia Canclini's
    Hybrid Cultures: Strategies for Entering and Leaving Modernity (1995)
    Suggested Readings
    Study Guide

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