Modern Social Thought: An Introduction

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byAnthony Thomson

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This text provides an accessible survey of Western social thought from the early twentieth century to today by tracing the emergence, evolution, and consequence of ideas expressed by recognized social and political theorists as well as poets, novelists, and visual artists.

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This text provides an accessible survey of Western social thought from the early twentieth century to today by tracing the emergence, evolution, and consequence of ideas expressed by recognized social and political theorists as well as poets, novelists, and visual artists.

Anthony Thomson was a professor in the Department of Sociology at Acadia University until his retirement in 2015. He earned his B.A., B.Ed., and M.A. from Dalhousie University, and his Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge. In addition to social theory, his areas of interest include intellectual history, post-revolutionary societies,...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 9 × 7 × 0.74 inPublished:September 4, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Note: Every chapter includes:- Learning Objectives- Introduction- Conclusion- Questions for ReflectionIntoductionPart One: From Disillusionment to the Abyss1. Modernism and DiscontentThe Great WarDurkheim and Weber: Nationalism and Gender- Emile Durkheim- Max WeberModernism and Doubt- Varieties of ModernismEarly FeminismVirginia Woolf- The Feminine Construction of Reality- Feminism and Patriarchy2. The Bolshevik Revolution and Western MarxismThe Anti-Soviet Internal EmigresTheories of Reform and RevolutionThe Bolshevik RevolutionThe Nature of the Revolution- Stalin and Soviet State Socialism- Bolshevism and the "Woman Question"European Marxism- Karl Korsch- George LukacsFordism- Antonio Gramasci3. The Polarized 1930sThe Chicago School- William Thomas- Robert E. Park- Helen MacGill and Everett HughesLiterature and Art: Social Realism- John SteinbeckDepression and KeynesianismAfrican-American Social Thought- Marcus GarveyThe Harlem Renaissance- Langston Hughes4. Fascism and Critical TheoryFuturism and Fascism in ItalyNazism in Germany- Nazism and WomenFriendly FascismThe Frankfurt School and Critical Theory- The Culture Industry- Walter BenjaminPart Two: From Repression to Rebellion5. Theory and Society in the Cold WarCold War and the IntellectualsSociology During the Cold WarTalcott Parsons and Structural Functionalism- Social Systems- Pattern VariablesRobert Merton- Functions and Dysfunctions- Deviance and Social StructureThe "Red Scare"American DissidentsBehaviourismExchange Theory- Rational Choice Theory6. Post-War Critical Social ThoughtWhite-Collar AngstThe Middle Mass at Mid-CenturyC. Wright Mills- Status Panic and the Work-Leisure Split- Mills on PowerPost-War FeminismSimone De Beauvoir- The Second SexMargaret MeadBetty FriedanPost-War African-American Social Thought- Civil RightsBlack Power- Malcolm X- Angela Davis7. Existentialism, Counter-Culture, and McLuhanExistentialism and the Absurd- Phenomenology and HeideggerAlbert Camus- The Absurd and Existentialist RevoltJean-Paul Sartre- Freedom, Bad Faith, and The Flies- Search for a MethodThe 1950s Counter-Cultures- The Beats- From Counter-Culture to Pop CultureMedia and Marshall McLuhan- The Medium Is the Message- The Gutenberg Revolution- The Electronic Age and the Global Village8. Post-Colonial Social ThoughtFrantz Fanon- Black Skin, White Mask- Fanon and Algeria- The Wretched of the EarthEvolution and DevelopmentUnderdevelopment and Dependence- Andre Gundar Frank and Underdevelopment- Dependent Development and Branch Plant EconomyImmanuel Wallerstein- New Age of TransitionEdward SaidPART Three: From Radicalism to Juggernaut9. The New Left and FeminismCounter-CulturesThe New LeftHerbert Marcuse- Eros and Civilization- One Dimensional SocietiesChe Guevara- Guerilla Warfare- From Guerilla Warfare to Bureaucracy- The New Human BeingSecond-Wave Feminism- Kate Millett- Shulamith FirestoneDorothy Smith- Relations of Ruling- Women's Standpoint10. Structuralism, Interactionism, and FoucaultLevi-Strauss and Structuralism- Louis AlthusserInteractionismErving Goffman- Asylums and Stigma- Dramaturgy and the Presentation of the SelfHerbert Blumer and Symbolic Interactionism- Meanings and Interpretive ActionHarold Garfinkel- Taken-for-Granted Features of Routine Life- EthnomethodologyThe Social Construction of Reality- Society as Objective RealityMichel Foucault- Madness and Civilization- Archaeology of Knowledge- Genealogy of Knowledge/Power11. Post-Structuralism and Third-Wave FeminismPostmodernism and Post-Structuralism- The Failures of the 'Left'- The Rejection of Enlightenment Rationalism- Discourse and DeconstructionJean Baudrillard- The Consumer Society- The Death of the Political and the SocialThird-Wave Feminism and GenderPatricia Hill Collinsbell hooksJudith Butler- Performativity- Radical Resignification12. Social Theory in Late ModernityNeo-Liberal GlobalizationJurgen Habermas- Early Critical Theory- Communicative Action- Lifeworld and SystemAnthony Giddens- Class Structuration- The Duality of Agency and Structure- Late or Radical Modernity- Utopian Realism- Identity and Life PoliticsPierre Bourdieu- Distinction- Volume and Structure of Capital(s)- Habitus and FieldConclusion: Twenty-First-Century Socialism EcologyGlossaryNotesIndex

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"This text excels in its emphasis on critical theory, its coverage of feminist theorists, and its links to art and popular culture." --Barbara Hanson, York University