Sociological Theory
The Second Mountain: The Quest for a Moral Life
The Second Mountain
The Quest for a Moral Life
Hardcover      ISBN: 0812993268
The best-selling author of The Road to Character presents a thought-provoking exploration of the qualities of a meaningful life, drawing on inspirational examples to offer advice about personal philosophies, a vocation, faith, relationships and community life.
Faking It: The Lies Women Tell About Sex-- And the Truths They Reveal
Faking It
The Lies Women Tell About Sex-- And the Truths They Reveal
Paperback      ISBN: 1580057659
From Out of the Binders co-founder Lux Alptraum, a controversial look at women, sex, and lying--why myths about women's deceit persist, how they came to be, and ultimately why we must trust women When we talk about sex, we talk about women as mysterious, deceptive, and - above all - untrustworthy. Women lie about orgasms. Women lie about being virgins. Women lie about who got them pregnant, about whether they were raped, about how many people they've had sex with and what sort of experiences they've had - the list goes on and on. Over and over we're reminded that, on dates, in relationships, and especially in the bedroom, women just aren't telling the truth. But where does this assumption come from? Are women actually lying about sex, or does society just think we are? In Faking It, Lux Alptraum tackles the topic of seemingly dishonest women; investigating whether women actually lie, and what social situations might encourage deceptions both great and small. Using her experience as a sex educator and former CEO of Fleshbot (the foremost blog on sexuality), first-hand interviews with sexuality experts and everyday women, Alptraum raises important questions: are lying women all that common - or is the idea of the dishonest woman a symptom of male paranoia? Are women trying to please men, or just avoid their anger? And what affect does all this dishonesty - whether real or imagined - have on women's self-images, social status, and safety?Through it all, Alptraum posits that even if women are lying, we're doing it for very good reason--to protect ourselves ("My boyfriend will be here any minute," to a creep who won't go away, for one), and in situations where society has given us no other choice.
An Invitation to Reflexive Sociology
An Invitation to Reflexive Sociology
Paperback      ISBN: 0226067416
Over the last three decades, the French sociologist Pierre Bourdieu has produced one of the most imaginative and subtle bodies of social theory and research of the post war era. Yet, despite the influence of his work, no single introduction to his wide-ranging oeuvre is available. This book, intended for an English-speaking audience, offers a systematic and accessible overview, providing interpretive keys to the internal logic of Bourdieu's work by explicating thematic and methodological principles underlying his work. The structure of Bourdieu's theory of knowledge, practice, and society is first dissected by Loic Wacquant; he then collaborates with Bourdieu in a dialogue in which they discuss central concepts of Bourdieu's work, confront the main objections and criticisms his work has met, and outline Bourdieu's views of the relation of sociology to philosophy, economics, history, and politics. The final section captures Bourdieu in action in the seminar room as he addresses the topic of how to practice the craft of reflexive sociology. Throughout, they stress Bourdieu's emphasis on reflexivity—his inclusion of a theory of intellectual practice as an integral component of a theory of society—and on method—particularly his manner of posing problems that permits a transfer of knowledge from one area of inquiry into another. Amplified by notes and an extensive bibliography, this synthetic view is essential reading for both students and advanced scholars.
The Wisdom Of Crowds
The Wisdom Of Crowds
Paperback      ISBN: 0385721706
An analysis of how to understand the workings of the world as it is reflected by groups contends that large groups have more collective intelligence than a smaller number of experts, drawing on a wide range of disciplines to offer insight into such topics as politics, business, and the environment. Reprint. 75,000 first printing.
2001 Race Odyssey: African Americans and Sociology
2001 Race Odyssey
African Americans and Sociology
Paperback      ISBN: 0815629389
Written entirely by African-American sociologists, 17 essays are presented by Hare (sociology, Syracuse U.) as representative of the state of sociological studies on people of color in the United States and other nations. The first contributions deal with broad issues of African American sociology, examining connections between cultural pluralism and economic justice, the contributions of the second-generation African American Sociologists, and The Bell Curve as representative of racist sociology. The next group of essays presents area studies on black youth; black women's relationships to work and family; race, class, and educational opportunity; and racial classification in criminology. Further contributions look at issues of immigration and international populations, and future research areas. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Adorno on Popular Culture
Adorno on Popular Culture
Hardcover      ISBN: 0415268249
Robert W. Witkin unpacks Adorno's notoriously difficult critique of popular culture in an engaging and accessible style, looking first at the development of the overarching theories of authority, commodification and negative dialectics. He then goes on to consider Adorno's writing on specific aspects of popular culture such as radio, film and popular music.
American Mixed Race: The Culture of Microdiversity
American Mixed Race
The Culture of Microdiversity
Paperback      ISBN: 0847680134
This exciting multidisciplinary collection brings together twenty-two original essays by scholars on the cutting edge of racial theory, who address both the American concept of race and the specific problems experienced by those who do not fit neatly into the boxes society requires them to check.
An Anatomy of Power: The Social Theory of Michael Mann
An Anatomy of Power
The Social Theory of Michael Mann
Hardcover      ISBN: 0521850002
A systematic and critical assessment of the work of Michael Mann, one of the most influential sociologists of recent decades.
An Anatomy of Power: The Social Theory of Michael Mann
An Anatomy of Power
The Social Theory of Michael Mann
Paperback      ISBN: 0521615186
A systematic and critical assessment of the work of Michael Mann, one of the most influential sociologists of recent decades.
Another Modernity a Different Rationality
Another Modernity a Different Rationality
Paperback      ISBN: 0631164995
This book is Lash's most comprehensive statement in social and cultural theory. It is a book addressed to sociologists and philosophers, to students of urban life, modern languages, cultural studies and the visual arts. Alongside the Enlightenment has emerged another modernity. This second modernity has - in opposition to the Enlightenment rationality of progress, order, homogeneity and cognition - initiated a different rationality of uncertainty, transience, experiment, and the unknowable. This second, this other modernity, is present in notions of 'difference' and 'reflexivity' so central to the contemporary world-view. The logic, however, of such notions can, itself, lead to the same unhappy abstraction of the first modernity. What is forgotten, Scott Lash argues, is the dimension of the ground. This book consists of explorations into this ground: as place, community, belonging, sociality, tradition, life-world; as symbol, sensation, in the tactile character of the sign. The book addresses the other modernity's forgotten ground. The first and second modernities co-existed in a state of irresolvable tension along the history of western industrial capitalism. This is thrown into crisis, Lash argues, with the turn of the twenty-first century emergence of the global information culture. What are the implications of this explosion of first and second modernities into today's technological culture? When the previously existing third space of difference is exploded into the general indifference of information and communication flows? How might we lead our lives in an age in which difference - and indeed the ground itself - become primarily a matter for memory, for mourning?