Social Blueprints: Conceptual Foundations of Sociology

Paperback | February 25, 2004

byDavid K. Brown

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Social Blueprints is a concise introduction to sociological thought that is a refreshing alternative to the approaches of traditional textbooks and other brief introductions to the field. David K. Brown introduces students to concepts and theories that form the foundation of sociologicalreasoning. In a highly engaging style, he uses personal experiences, salient cultural examples, and pressing social issues to ground these ideas in the everyday experiences of students. In five cogent chapters, Brown explores how core sociological ideas such as culture, social structure, identities, power, and globalization can better inform our understanding of the social world. He uses contemporary, historical, and global examples drawn from realms such as music, professionalsports, fashion, film, government, warfare, protests, corporations, workplaces, education, crime, poverty, architecture, and tourism to lend immediate relevance to sociological endeavor. Acutely focused and written with a clear, critical point of view, Social Blueprints is ideal for use inintroductory and other sociology courses as either a primary or supplemental text.

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Social Blueprints is a concise introduction to sociological thought that is a refreshing alternative to the approaches of traditional textbooks and other brief introductions to the field. David K. Brown introduces students to concepts and theories that form the foundation of sociologicalreasoning. In a highly engaging style, he uses pe...

David K. Brown is at Illinois State University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 5.39 × 8.19 × 0.91 inPublished:February 25, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Each chapter ends with Suggestions for Further Study1. Individuality, Society, and Identity: Cornerstones of Sociological ReasoningVivifying the Mundane: The Sociological ImaginationThe Sociological Imagination: C. Wright MillsIndividual v. Social ProblemsThe Sociology of Celebrities: Individuals in Social ContextThe American Preoccupation with Individualism in Cultural, Political, and Economic LifeThe Sociology of IdentitiesIndividuals as Webs of Group AffiliationSocial Identities: Repertoire Selection, Multiple Consciousness, and AmbiguityThe Contested Terrain of Sociological KnowledgeSome Cautionary Notes about Sociology v. PsychologyThe Reality of the Social: Social FactsThe Logical Gulf Between Fact and Value StatementsMuddying the Waters: The Politics of Social KnowledgeConclusion2. Social Theories: Their Interplay and ContradictionsThe Nature and Relevance of Social TheoriesTheories as ParadigmsTheoretical Reasoning: Inductive and DeductiveFour Broad Types of Social TheoryRational Choice Theories: Individuals Pursuing InterestsWhere Do Desires Come From?The Free-Rider Problem: Are Rational People Honest?Do People Choose to be Unequal?Functional Theories: Harmony and Necessary DifferencesBasic Functionalist ImageryIs Social Inequality Simply Necessary?Symbolic Interactionist and Social Constructionist TheoriesInteraction, Meaning, and Everyday LifeMind, Self, and SocietyModern Symbolic InteractionismSymbolic Interactionism/Constructionism: Are the Trees Hiding the Forest?Conflict Theories: Arenas of Power and InequalityThe Interplay of Conflict Theory with Other PerspectivesKarl Marx's Enduring LegacyWeber's Multidimensional Conflict TheoryConflict Theories: Too Much Pessimism, or Sober Realism?Conclusion3. Culture, Structure, and Interaction: Unraveling the Fibers of Everyday LifeDistinguishing Social Structure, Culture, and InteractionSocial Structural Determinism or Cultural AutonomyBeyond Good and Evil: Religion as an Emblem of SocietyBeyond Cold Hard Cash: The Sociology of MoneyUnderstanding Culture and Social PowerCashing in on Culture: The Flow of Cultural, Social, and Economic CapitalRoads Between High Culture and Popular CultureInterpreting Pink Flamingoes: Everyday Expressions of Social Positions"Lions and Tigers and Bears--Oh My!": The Cultural and Political Construction of Social ProblemsCultural Production, Distribution, and InterpretationA Basic Model of Cultural Production ProcessesMaking Chili Peppers: Organizational Processes in the Rise of a BandPets or Meat? The Interpretation of Cultural ProductsConclusion4. Power and Authority: In Social Movements, States, and OrganizationA Sociological Perspective on PowerThe Power Prism and its Refractions: An analytical ToolSocial Power and Social MovementsReading Power into Political ProtestsPower, States, and LegitimacySpreading Social Power in Authoritarian RegimesTheaters of War: The Social Construction of State LegitimacyPower in OrganizationsPower and Control in Work PlacesBureaucratic Organizations and Abstract Social PowerThe Symbolic Architecture of Organizational PowerConclusion5. Globalization: Conteptualizing 21st Century Social ChangeIntroductionIs Globalization Really New?Economic and Political Aspects of GlobalizationThe Ideological and Policy Basis of The New World Order: Neoliberalism and It's CriticsThe Global Power of Transnational CorporationsInternational Governmental and Non-governmental Organizations: International Monetary Fund, World Bank, World Trade Organization, and the G-8Bittersweet Chocolate: Abuse of Child Slave Labor in West AfricaSo Long Nation, Hello CorporationInternational Social MovementsMexico: Poverty and Protest in a "Model" free Trade NationCultural GlobalizationLimiting Factors Concerning Cultural GlobalizationGlobal Consumerism: You Gotta Shop Around, Even If It's All the SameGlobal Tourism: Individual Freedom or Structural Determinism?Conclusion

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"Brown has synthesized the major issues concisely and cleverly, and presented them in a way that is conversational with students, yet analytically sharp."--Michael Kimmel, State University of New York, Stony Brook