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SEC # TOPICS READINGS
1 Some Historical Scaffolding Historical Epochs
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1 Time, Space, Number TBA
2 The Pre-Sociologists How To Read Theory
3 Order and Control
  • Dennis H. Wrong, "The Problem of Order from Hobbes to the Present," ch. 2 (14-36) in The Problem of Order (Harvard University Press, 1994).
  • T Hobbes (1588–1679), "Chapter XIII : Of the Natural Condition of Mankind as Concerning Their Felicity and Misery" from Leviathan (1651) (~4pp)
  • J Rousseau (1712-1778), §§ 1, 2, 3, 5, 6 from Book 1 of The Social Contract (1762) (~8pp)
  • A Smith (1723–1790), from The Wealth of Nations "Of the Division of Labour" and "Of the Principle Which Gives Occasion to the Division of Labour" (1776)
4 What is theory for?
  • Collins, R. "Why is sociology not a science?"
  • Davis, M. "That's Interesting!"
  • Comte?
5 Grappling with Karl
  • Rius, Marx for Beginners Biographical Background pp.1-35
  • Rius, Marx for Beginners Philosophical Background pp. 36-66
  • Rius, Marx for Beginners Idealism, Materialism, Dialectics pp.67-77
  • Rius, Marx for Beginners The Rest pp.77-143
  • Marx, K. 1844. "Estranged Labour," from The Economic and Philosophic Manuscripts of 1844. [L32-38]
  • Marx, K. 1845-6. "Camera Obscura," from The German Ideology. [L38-39]
  • Marx, K. and F. Engels. 1848, "The Manifesto of Class Struggle," from The Manifesto of the Communist Party. [L39-43]
  • Marx, K. 1867. “Labour-Power and Capital," from Capital, Vol. I. [L62-67]
  • Marx, K. 1852. "The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte," from The Marx-Engels Reader (594-607). [L43-50]
  • Marx, K. 1867. "Capital and the Value of Commodities," from Capital, Vol. I. [L51-60]
  • Marx, K. 1867. "Capital and the Fetishism of Commodities," from Capital, Vol. I. [L60-62]
  • Engels, F. 1884. "The Patriarchal Family," from The Origin of Family, Private Property, and the State. [L67-69]
6 From Marx to Weber: Multidimensional Social Structure, Politics and Organizations
  • Weber, M. 1905. "The Spirit of Capitalism and the Iron Cage," from The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism (47-51, 53-54, 180-183). [L104-108]
  • Weber, M. 1909-20. "The Bureaucratic Machine," from Economy and Society. [L108-114]
  • Weber, M. 1918. "What is Politics?," from "Politics as a Vocation." [L114-116]
  • Weber, M. 1909-20. "The Types of Legitimate Domination," from Economy and Society. [L116-119]
  • Weber, M. 1909-20. "Class, Status, and Party," from Economy and Society. [L119-129]
  • Collins, "Paradoxes of Power" [SI 60-85]
  • Collins, "Love and Property" [SI 119-154]
7 Durkheim: Keep the micro, dump the macro?
  • Durkheim, E. 1902. "Anomie and the Modern Division of Labor," from The Division of Labor in Society. [L77-78]
  • Durkheim, E. 1897. "Sociology and Social Facts," from Suicide. [L78-81]
  • Durkheim, E. 1897. "Suicide and Modernity," from Suicide. [L81-89]
  • Collins, "The Nonrational Foundations of Rationality" [SI 3-29]
  • Origins of These Beliefs [SI 124-134]
  • Collins, "The Sociology of God" [SI 30-59]
8 The Self, Part I
  • Sigmund Freud, "The Psychical Apparatus and the Theory of Instincts,"
  • Sigmund Freud, "Dream-Work and Interpretation,"
  • Sigmund Freud, "Oedipus, the Child,"
  • Sigmund Freud, "Remembering, Repeating, and Working-Through,"
  • Sigmund Freud, "The Return of the Repressed in Social Life,"
  • William James, "The Self and Its Selves,"
  • William Edward Burghardt (W.E.B.) Du Bois, "Double-Consciousness and the Veil,"
  • Charles Horton Cooley, "The Looking-Glass Self,"
9 The Self, Part II
  • George Herbert Mead, "The Self, the I, and the Me," from Mind, Self and Society. L224-229
10 Hints of Things to Come
Social networks, bounded rationality, globalization, beyond markets
  • Milgram
  • Olson, Mancur. 19cc. Selection from The Logic of Collective Action. Harvard University Press, 1st ed. 1965, 2nd ed. 1971.
  • March, Olson
  • Hirschman
  • Benkler
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12 The Roots of PoMo
  • Ferdinand de Saussure, "Arbitrary Social Values and the Linguistic Sign," L152-160
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