Theory Samplers

This assignment is designed to give you the opportunity to explore a theme or idea or thinker or school of thought at greater depth than in the course survey AND to give you practice at composing a review of the theoretical literature on a particular topic. Note that this is not the same as a conventional literature review in that it omits empirical research articles.

Samplers. Read and Write an essay…

  1. Psychology Talks to Sociology
  2. Resistance and Revolution
  3. Ideology Old and New
  4. Some Roots of "New" Social Movements
  5. Some Background on the "Structural" in Post-Structural
  6. Consensus and Conflict: What's Behind the Great Divide You Learn About in Intro?
  7. Contemporary Mainstream
  8. Twentieth Century Public Sociology: Sociologists as Public Intellectuals
  9. Sex and Gender
  10. Frankfurt School Sampler
  11. Cultural Studies Sampler
  12. Socio-Psycho-Cultural Criticism
  13. Global Sociology
  14. Micro-Sociology Primer
  15. Recent Voices on Race
  16. POMO Sampler
  17. Disciplinary Self Critique
  18. Contra Hegemony
  19. Information Age and Technology

Psychology Talks to Sociology

Fromm, Erich. 1929. "Psychoanalysis and Sociology" (222-223)
Lacan, Jacques. 1949. "The Mirror Stage" (343-344)
Freud, Sigmund. 1900-39. "The Psychical Apparatus and the Theory of Instincts" (130-133)
Freud, Sigmund. 1900-39. "Dream-Work and Interpretation" (133-137)
Freud, Sigmund. 1900. "Oedipus, the Child" (137-141)
Freud, Sigmund. 1919. "Remembering, Repeating, and Working-Through" (141-145)
Freud, Sigmund. 1937-9. "The Return of the Repressed in Social Life" (145-149)
Freud, Sigmund. 1930. "Civilization and the Individual" (149-151)
James, William. 1890. The Self and Its Selves" (161-166)
Mead, George Herbert. ca.1929. "The Self, the I, and the Me" (224-229)
Riesman, David 1950. "Character and Society: The Other-Directed Personality" (329-334)
Erikson, Erik H. 1950. "Youth and American Identity" (334-337)
Chodorow, Nancy. 1978. "Gender Personality and the Reproduction of Mothering" (409-12)
Marcuse, Herbert. 1964. "Repressive Desublimation" (436-439)

Resistance and Revolution

Marx, Karl and Friedrich Engels. 1848. "The Manifesto of Class Struggle" (39-43)
Gandhi, Mohandas Karamchand. 1927. "Nonviolent Force: A Spiritual Dilemma" (265-267)
King, Martin Luther, Jr. 1958. "The Power of Nonviolent Action" (351-354)
Mao Tse-tung, "Identity, Struggle, Contradiction" (267-270)
Lenin, Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov (V. I.). 1917-21. "What Is to Be Done?" (215-217)
Mills, C. Wright. 1959. "The Sociological Imagination" (355-358)
Students for a Democratic Society. 1962. "Participatory Democracy" (from The Port Huron Statement) (358-361)
Lorde, Audre. 1979. "The Master’s Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master’s House" (449-451)

Mills Library

Look at chapter 5 "Tradition and Revolution" in Callinicos, Alex. 2004. Making History : Agency, Structure, and Change in Social Theory. Brill Academic Publishers. (Ebrary BD450 — .C23 2004eb)
Skocpol, Theda.

Skocpol, Theda. 1979. States and social revolutions : a comparative analysis of France, Russia, and China. Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press.

Foran, John (ed.). 1997. revolutions. London ; New York : Routledge. [electronic resource]

Tilly, Charles.1978. From mobilization to revolution. New York : McGraw-Hill. (303.6 T579f 1978)

Unknown. A course syllabus for "The Sociology of Revolution"

Ideology Old and New

The fundamental link between knowledge/belief/utterance and material/political interests and position in social space is arguably among the most provocative contribution of the social sciences to human knowledge. Unfortunately "ideology" is thrown around with such abandon that it's easily detached from meaning anything in particular. This sampler takes us through some classic examinations of what ideology is, how it works, and how authentic discourse can exist in the face of it.

Marx, selections.
Mannheim, Karl. 1936, 1929. "The Sociology of Knowledge and Ideology" (217-221)
Bell, Daniel. 1960. "The End of Ideology in the West" (291-294)
Althusser, Louis. 1968-9. "Ideology and the Ideological State Apparatuses, Doubts and Reservations" (321-324)
Gramsci, Antonio. 19xx. "Intellectuals and Hegemony" (263-265)
Habermas, Jürgen. 1968. "Emancipatory Knowledge" (386-7)
Habermas, Jürgen. 1970. "Social Analysis and Communicative Competence" (387-9)
Berger, Peter and Thomas Luckmann, Society as a Human Product" (390-4)

Consensus vs. Conflict in Midcentury Social Theory

Parsons, Talcott. 1961-71. "Action Systems and Social Systems" (301-303)
Parsons, Talcott. 1943. "Sex Roles in the American Kinship System" (304-307)
Merton, Robert K. 1949. "Manifest and Latent Functions" (308-312)
Zizek, Slavoj. 1989-2001 & after. "Cynicism as a Form of Ideology" (668-671)

Mills Library

See chapters 8, 9, 10 in Calhoun, Craig. 2007. Sociology in America : A History. University of Chicago Press. (Ebrary HM477.U6 — S63 2007eb)

Some Roots of "New" Social Movements

Beauvoir, Simone de. 1949. "Woman as Other" (345-347)
Césaire, Aimé. 1955. "Between Colonizer and Colonized" (348-350)
King, Martin Luther, Jr. 1958. "The Power of Nonviolent Action" (351-354)
Friedan, Betty. 1963. "The Problem That Has No Name" (361-364)
Fanon, Frantz. 1961. "Decolonizing, National Culture, and the Negro Intellectual" (364-369)
Myrdal, Gunnar. (1944) "The Negro Problem as a Moral Issue" [L249-51]

The Structural in Post-Structuralism

Readings

Saussure, Ferdinand de. 1906-11. "Arbitrary Social Values and the Linguistic Sign" (152-160)
Lévi-Strauss, Claude. 1958. "The Structural Study of Myth" ((313-317)
Barthes,Roland. 1964. "Semiological Prospects" (318-320)

Bibliography

Horkheimer, Max and Theodor Adorno. 1944. "The Culture Industry as Deception" (325-329)
Riesman, David 1950. "Character and Society: The Other-Directed Personality" (329-334)
Erikson, Erik H. 1950. "Youth and American Identity" (334-337)
Baudrillard, Jean. 1983. "Simulacra and Simulations: Disneyland, Reactions and Alternatives" (470-484)
Niebuhr, Reinhold. 1932. "Moral Man and Immoral Society" (247-249)
MORE TBA

See Calhoun (below) chapters 13, 14

Calhoun, Craig. 2007. Sociology in America : A History. University of Chicago Press. (Ebrary HM477.U6 — S63 2007eb)

Mid-Twentieth Century Public Sociology

Keynes, John Maynard. 1920. "The Psychology of Modern Society" (203-205)
Keynes, John Maynard. 1925. "The New Liberalism" (205-206)
Niebuhr, Reinhold. 1932. "Moral Man and Immoral Society" (247-249)
Myrdal, Gunnar. 1944. "The Negro Problem as a Moral Issue" (249-251)
Benedict, Ruth. 1946. "The Japanese and the Americans" (270-273)
Kennan, George. 1946. "On the United States and Containment of the Soviets" (287-290)
Bell, Daniel. 1960. "The End of Ideology in the West" (291-294)
Rostow, W. W. 1960. "Modernization: Stages of Growth" (294-300)
Riesman, David 1950. "Character and Society: The Other-Directed Personality" (329-334)
Erikson, Erik H. 1950. "Youth and American Identity" (334-337)
Friedan, Betty. 1963. "The Problem That Has No Name" (361-364)
Fanon, Frantz. 1961. "Decolonizing, National Culture, and the Negro Intellectual" (364-369)
West, Cornel. 1990. "The New Cultural Politics of Difference" (511-521)
Gates, Henry Louis, Jr. . 1986. "'Race' as the Trope of the World" (521-526)
Said, Edward. 19xx. "Intellectual Exile: Expatriates and Marginals"

Mills Library

Clawson, Dan, et al. 2007. Public Sociology : Fifteen Eminent Sociologists Debate Politics and the Profession in the Twenty-first Century. University of California Press. (Ebrary HM511 — .P83 2007eb)

See Calhoun (below) chapters 9, 10, 11

Calhoun, Craig. 2007. Sociology in America : A History. University of Chicago Press. (Ebrary HM477.U6 — S63 2007eb)

Bibliography Contemporary Mainstream

Foucault, Michel. 1976. "Power as Knowledge" (473-479)
Giddens, Anthony. 1990. "Post-Modernity or Radicalized Modernity?" (485-491)
Wallerstein, Immanuel. 2003. "Geo-political Cleavages of the Twenty-first Century" (597-602)
Tilly, Charles. 19xx. "Future Social Science and the Invisible Elbow"
Wilson, William Julius. 19xx. "Global Economic Changes and the Limits of the Race Relations Vision"
Alexander, Jeffrey. 1987. "Postpositivist Case for the Classics" (503-506)
Coleman, James S. 1990. "The New Social Structure and the New Social Science" (506-510)

Mills Library

See Foucault material (see index) in Gane, Mike. 2003. French Social Theory. Sage Publications Ltd (Ebrary HM22.F8 — G36 2003eb)
Giddens, Anthony.1982. Profiles and critiques in social theory. Berkeley : University of California Press (301.01 G453p)
Giddens, Anthony. 1979. Central problems in social theory : action, structure, and contradiction in social analysis. Berkeley : University of California Press. (301 G453ce 1979)

Sex and Gender Bibliography

Woolf, Virginia. 1929. "A Room of One’s Own" (261-262)
Friedan, Betty. 1963. "The Problem That Has No Name" (361-364)
Smith, Dorothy. 1974. "Knowing a Society from Within: A Woman’s Standpoint" (394-398)
Sedgwick, Eve Kosofsky. 1990. "Epistemology of the Closet" (663-5)
Connell, R.W. 2000. "Masculinities and Globalization" (666-668)
Butler, Judith. 1991. "Imitation and Gender Insubordination" (562-573)
Collins, Patricia Hill. 1990. "Black Feminist Thought in the Matrix of Domination" (541-52)
Hartsock, Nancy. 1987. "A Theory of Power for Women" (495-500)
Weeks, Jeffrey. 1991. "Sexual Identification Is a Strange Thing" (558-62)
Allen, Paula Gunn. 1986. "Who Is Your Mother? Red Roots of White Feminism" (573-7)
Kristeva, Julia. 1977/97. "Women’s Time" (653-7)
Beauvoir, Simone de. 1949. "Woman as Other" (345-347)

Mills Library

See part III on French theorists in Gane, Mike. 2003. French Social Theory. Sage Publications Ltd (Ebrary HM22.F8 — G36 2003eb)
See chapters 13, 14, 17 in Calhoun, Craig. 2007. Sociology in America : A History. University of Chicago Press. (Ebrary HM477.U6 — S63 2007eb)

Frankfurt School Sampler Bibliography

Lukács, Georg. 1922. "The Irrational Chasm Between Subject and Object" (206-208)
Horkheimer, Max. 1932. "Notes on Science and the Crisis" (208-212)
Fromm, Erich. 1929. "Psychoanalysis and Sociology" (222-223)
Benjamin, Walter. 1936. "Art, War, and Fascism" (259-261)
Gramsci Intellectuals and Hegemony Antonio Gramsci, Intellectuals and Hegemony (263-265)
Althusser, Louis. 1968-9. "Ideology and the Ideological State Apparatuses, Doubts and Reservations" (321-324)
Horkheimer, Max and Theodor Adorno. 1944. "The Culture Industry as Deception" (325-329)
Habermas, Jürgen. 1968. "Emancipatory Knowledge" (386-7)
Habermas, Jürgen. 1970. "Social Analysis and Communicative Competence" (387-9)
Marcuse, Herbert. 1964. "Repressive Desublimation" (436-439)
VIDEO: Paul Fry Lecture on "The Frankfurt School of Critical Theory" in Introduction to Literary Theory at Yale.

Mills Library

Dahms, Harry F. 2008. Current Perspectives in Social Theory , Volume 25 : No Social Science without Critical Theory. Emerald Group Publishing Ltd. (Ebrary HM480 — .N6 2008eb)
Gottfried, Paul. 2005. Strange Death of Marxism : The European Left in the New Millennium. University of Missouri Press. (Ebrary HX238.5 — .G68 2005eb)
Claussen, Detlev and Rodney Livingstone. 2008. Theodor W. Adorno : One Last Genius. Harvard University Press. (Ebrary B3199.A34 — C5813 2008eb]
See introduction in Kellner, Douglas (ed.). 1998. Collected Papers of Herbert Marcuse : Technology, War and Fascism, Volume 1. Routledge. (Ebrary B945 — .M298 v. 1 1998eb)
Wiggershaus, Rolf. 1994. The Frankfurt School : its history, theories, and political significance. Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press. 301.01 W655f 1994.
Tar, Zoltán. 1977. The Frankfurt school : the critical theories of Max Horkheimer and Theodor W. Adorno. New York : Wiley 301 T176f.
Geuss, Raymond. 1981. The idea of a critical theory : Habermas and the Frankfurt school. Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press. 301 H114g 1981.
Jay, Martin. 1973. The dialectical imagination; a history of the Frankfurt School and the Institute of Social Research, 1923-1950. Boston, Little, Brown 300.7 J42d.
Feenberg, Andrew. 1986. Lukacs, Marx, and the sources of critical theory. New York : Oxford University Press. 335.4 F295L
Held, David. 1980. Introduction to critical theory : Horkheimer to Habermas Berkeley. University of California Press. 301 H474i.

Cultural Studies Sampler

Cultural Studies Sampler Bibliography

Benjamin, Walter. 1936. "Art, War, and Fascism" (259-261)
Horkheimer, Max and Theodor Adorno. 1944. "The Culture Industry as Deception" (325-329)
Riesman, David 1950. "Character and Society: The Other-Directed Personality" (329-334)
Barthes,Roland. 1964. "Semiological Prospects" (318-320)
Derrida, Jacques. 1966. "The Decentering Event in Social Thought" (413-417)
Foucault, Michel. 1975. "Biopolitics and the Carceral Society" (417-421)
Lyotard, Jean-François. 1979. "The Postmodern Condition" (465-468)
Rorty, Richard. 1989. "Private Irony and Liberal Hope" (469-472)
Hall, Stuart. 1996. "The Global, the Local, and the Return of Ethnicity" (609-615)
Harvey, David. 1996. "The City in a Globalizing World" (616-620)

Mills Library

See part III on French theorists in Gane, Mike. 2003. French Social Theory. Sage Publications Ltd (Ebrary HM22.F8 — G36 2003eb)

See interviews with U. Beck, S. Sassen, J. Butler, S. Lash in Gane, Nicholas. 2004. Future of Social Theory. Continuum International Publishing (Ebrary HM585 — .G35 2004eb)

See section 5.1 on Sartre and Benjamin in Callinicos, Alex. 2004. Making History : Agency, Structure, and Change in Social Theory. Brill Academic Publishers. (Ebrary BD450 — .C23 2004eb)

Hartley, John. 2003. A short history of cultural studies. Thousand Oaks, Calif. : SAGE. (Ebrary)

During, Simon. 1999. The cultural studies reader. London ; New York : Routledge, 1999.
Sardar, Ziauddin. 1998. Introducing cultural studies. New York : Totem Books. [electronic resource]

Global Sociology

Said, Edward. 19xx. "Intellectual Exile: Expatriates and Marginals"
Castells, Manuel. 1996. "The Global Network" (620-624)
Beck, Ulrich. 1999. "World Risk Society" (636-640)
Hall, Stuart. 1996. "The Global, the Local, and the Return of Ethnicity" (609-615)
Harvey, David. 1996. "The City in a Globalizing World" (616-620)
Sen, Amartya. 1999. "Asian Values and the West’s Claim to Uniqueness" (629-636)
Havel, Vaclav. 1992. "The End of the Modern Era" (577-579)

Mills Library

See interviews with U. Beck, S. Sassen, J. Butler, S. Lash in Gane, Nicholas. 2004. Future of Social Theory. Continuum International Publishing (Ebrary HM585 — .G35 2004eb)
Scholte, Jan Aart. 2000. Globalization : A Critical Introduction. Palgrave Macmillan. (Ebrary JZ1318 — .S36 2000eb)
See chapter 20 in Calhoun, Craig. 2007. Sociology in America : A History. University of Chicago Press. (Ebrary HM477.U6 — S63 2007eb)

Schirato, Tony and Jennifer Webb. 2003. Understanding Globalization. SAGE Publications Inc. (Ebrary JZ1318 — .S35 2003eb)

"The Dynamics of Globalization" in Mittelman, James H. 2000. Globalization Syndrome : Transformation & Resistance. Princeton University Press. (Ebrary HF1359 — .M58 2000eb)

Readings:

  • For your own theorizing and analyzing fun, each link below will transport you to both a summary and "tweets" for the given excerpt.

Marx, Karl. 1844. "Estranged Labour" (32-38)
Durkheim Émile. 1912. "The Cultural Logic of Collective Representations" (94-103)
James, William. 1890. The Self and Its Selves" (161-166)
Cooley, Charles Horton. 1902. "The Looking-Glass Self" (189)
Mead, George Herbert. ca.1929. "The Self, the I, and the Me" (224-229)
Goffman, Erving. 1955. "On Face-Work" (338-343)
Lacan, Jacques. 1949. "The Mirror Stage" (343-344)
Erikson, Erik H. 1950. "Youth and American Identity" (334-337)

Mills Library

May, Tim Powell, Jason. 2008. Situating Social Theory. Open University Press. E-301/.01

Recent Voices on Race

Hall, Stuart. 1996. "The Global, the Local, and the Return of Ethnicity" (609-615)
Asante, Molefi Kete. 1987. "The Afrocentric Idea" (500-502)
West, Cornel. 1990. "The New Cultural Politics of Difference" (511-521)
Gates, Henry Louis, Jr. . 1986. "'Race' as the Trope of the World" (521-526)
Collins, Patricia Hill. 1990. "Black Feminist Thought in the Matrix of Domination" (541-552)
Anzaldúa, Gloria. 1987. "The New Mestiza" (552-558)
Wilson, William Julius. 19xx. "Global Economic Changes and the Limits of the Race Relations Vision"
MORE TBA

Mills Library

See chapters 15, 16, 17 in Calhoun, Craig. 2007. Sociology in America : A History. University of Chicago Press. (Ebrary HM477.U6 — S63 2007eb)

POMO Sampler Bibliography

Spivak, Gayatri Chakravorty. 1988. "Can the Subaltern Speak?" (536-540)
Bauman, Zygmunt. 2001. "Liquid Modernity" (593-597)
Deleuze, Gilles and Felix Guattari. 1980-2001. "The Rhizome/ A Thousand Plateaus" (671-673)
Baudrillard, Jean. 1983. "Simulacra and Simulations: Disneyland, Reactions and Alternatives" (470-484)
Lyotard, Jean-François. 1979. "The Postmodern Condition" (465-468)
Rorty, Richard. 1989. "Private Irony and Liberal Hope" (469-472)
Derrida, Jacques. 1966. "The Decentering Event in Social Thought" (413-417)
Lacan, Jacques. 1949. "The Mirror Stage" (343-344)

Mills Library

See interview with Z. Bauman in Gane, Nicholas. 2004. Future of Social Theory. Continuum International Publishing (Ebrary HM585 — .G35 2004eb)

Disciplinary Self Critique

Sociology is perhaps unique among the disciplines in that it can study (and criticize) itself. This sample looks at a number of texts that are meta-commentaries on the sociological enterprise or exhortations for the discipline to move in a particular direction.

Gouldner, Alvin W. 1970. "Toward a Reflexive Sociology" (431-436)
Mills, C. Wright. 1959. "The Sociological Imagination" (355-358)
Garfinkel, Harold. 1967. "Reflexive Properties of Practical Sociology" (439-443)
Tilly, Charles. 19xx. "Future Social Science and the Invisible Elbow"
Giddens TBA
Collins, R. TBA
Alexander, Jeffrey. 1987. "Postpositivist Case for the Classics" (503-506)
Coleman, James S. 1990. "The New Social Structure and the New Social Science" (506-510)

Mills Library

See chapters 10, 11 in Calhoun, Craig. 2007. Sociology in America : A History. University of Chicago Press. (Ebrary HM477.U6 — S63 2007eb)

Contra Hegemony

Hegemony is a delightful word to say, but what does it mean and how has it been employed. This sampler is meant to allow you to explore the concept through a number of writers who are either implicitly or explicitly writing about the phenomonen.

Minh-ha, Trinh T. 1989. "Infinite Layers/Third World?" (531-536)
Spivak, Gayatri Chakravorty. 1988. "Can the Subaltern Speak?" (536-540)
Collins, Patricia Hill. 1990. "Black Feminist Thought in the Matrix of Domination" (541-552)
Anzaldúa, Gloria. 1987. "The New Mestiza" (552-558)
Butler, Judith. 1991. "Imitation and Gender Insubordination" (562-573)
Said, Edward. 19xx. "Intellectual Exile: Expatriates and Marginals"
MORE TBA

Mills Library

See interview J. Butler in Gane, Nicholas. 2004. Future of Social Theory. Continuum International Publishing (Ebrary HM585 — .G35 2004eb)
Dahms, Harry F. 2008. Current Perspectives in Social Theory , Volume 25 : No Social Science without Critical Theory. Emerald Group Publishing Ltd. (Ebrary HM480 — .N6 2008eb)

Information Age and Technology

Clough, Patricia Ticineto. 19xx. "Teletechnology and the Unbundling of Social Structures"
Haraway, Donna. 1985. "The Cyborg Manifesto and Fractured Identities" (527-531)
Collins. "Can Sociology Create an Artificial Intelligence?"
MORE TBA

Mills Library

See interview S. Lash in Gane, Nicholas. 2004. Future of Social Theory. Continuum International Publishing (Ebrary HM585 — .G35 2004eb)

Cavanagh, Allison. 2007. Sociology in the Age of the Internet. Open University Press. (ebrary)

Mossberger, Karen et al. 2007. Digital Citizenship : The Internet, Society, and Participation. MIT Press

Silver, David Massanari, Adrienne Steve, Jones. 2006. Critical Cyberculture Studies. NYU Press. (QA76.9.C66 — C744 2006eb)

OTHER SOURCES

Kirsch, Max H. 2000. Queer Theory and Social Change. Routledge. (Ebrary HQ76.25 — .K57 2000eb)
Lin, Nan. 2001. Social Capital : A Theory of Social Structure & Action. Cambridge University Press (Ebrary HM741 — .L56 2001eb)
Ritzer, George. 2001. Explorations in Social Theory : From Metatheorizing to Rationalization. SAGE Publications Inc. (Ebrary HM585 — .R578 2001eb)

Clawson, Dan, et al. 2007. Public Sociology : Fifteen Eminent Sociologists Debate Politics and the Profession in the Twenty-first Century. University of California Press. (Ebrary HM511 — .P83 2007eb)

Oliver, Kelly. 2004. Colonization of Psychic Space : A Psychoanalytic Social Theory of Oppression. University of Minnesota Press. (Ebrary HM1256 — .O44 2004eb)

Calhoun, Craig. 2007. Sociology in America : A History. University of Chicago Press. (Ebrary HM477.U6 — S63 2007eb)

Ritzer, George. 2001. Explorations in the Sociology of Consumption : Fast Food, Credit Cards and Casinos. SAGE Publications Inc. (Ebrary HF5415.32 — .R58 2001eb)

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