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Symbolic Interaction in Society

Symbolic Interaction in Society

Author: David E. Rohall Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2019

Core text for the symbolic interaction course - often called Self and Society or Individual and Society - most often taught in sociology departments. Symbolic Interaction in Society offers a systematic application of symbolic interaction to everyday life. In addition to providing an overview of the theory and methods of symbolic interaction, it includes theory and research related to all of the relevant topics in sociology today: race and ethnicity, gender and sexuality, social institutions, and social change. This book is written in a way that encourages students to employ symbolic interactionist concepts and principles throughout the text. Students are asked to put themselves into particular situations and consider how they would respond to the other people in that scenario. In doing so, students are able to see that human interaction is both stable and dynamic, that people can be predictable but that they also have agency, the ability to make number of decisions in a given situation. The goal is to show students the practical value of symbolic interaction for understanding their social lives today. Key features include: *Full review of symbolic interaction concepts and theories including a discussion of the nature of society and the role of the individual in society *Research applications of symbolic interaction examining major sociological outcomes such as inequality (race, class, gender and sexuality), deviance and mental health, social relationships, family and other social institutions, and social change *SI Online boxes include a review of how the principles of symbolic interaction apply to the effects of the Internet and modern communications on the individual and society *Personal Notes boxes share real student applications in which students describe how they have employed symbolic interaction in their personal lives *Original Work features one short excerpt from a book or journal article in every chapter *Pedagogical devices such as chapter objectives, key terms, and end of chapter key terms and critical thinking questions guide students through each chapter

Symbolic Interaction in Society

Symbolic Interaction in Society

Author: David E. Rohall Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/10/2019

Core text for the symbolic interaction course - often called Self and Society or Individual and Society - most often taught in sociology departments. Symbolic Interaction in Society offers a systematic application of symbolic interaction to everyday life. In addition to providing an overview of the theory and methods of symbolic interaction, it includes theory and research related to all of the relevant topics in sociology today: race and ethnicity, gender and sexuality, social institutions, and social change. This book is written in a way that encourages students to employ symbolic interactionist concepts and principles throughout the text. Students are asked to put themselves into particular situations and consider how they would respond to the other people in that scenario. In doing so, students are able to see that human interaction is both stable and dynamic, that people can be predictable but that they also have agency, the ability to make number of decisions in a given situation. The goal is to show students the practical value of symbolic interaction for understanding their social lives today. Key features include: *Full review of symbolic interaction concepts and theories including a discussion of the nature of society and the role of the individual in society *Research applications of symbolic interaction examining major sociological outcomes such as inequality (race, class, gender and sexuality), deviance and mental health, social relationships, family and other social institutions, and social change *SI Online boxes include a review of how the principles of symbolic interaction apply to the effects of the Internet and modern communications on the individual and society *Personal Notes boxes share real student applications in which students describe how they have employed symbolic interaction in their personal lives *Original Work features one short excerpt from a book or journal article in every chapter *Pedagogical devices such as chapter objectives, key terms, and end of chapter key terms and critical thinking questions guide students through each chapter

The Transformation of Modernity Aspects of the Past, Present and Future of an Era

The Transformation of Modernity Aspects of the Past, Present and Future of an Era

Author: Michael Hviid Jacobsen Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/09/2019

This title was first published in 2001: For over 30 years it has been argued that contemporary society is undergoing a fundamental transformation. The portrait of the modern society or modernity offered by philosophers and social scientists from Hobbes to Parsons is no longer understood as a description of the final and highest stage in the social evolution of mankind. Modern society is not the end of history but simply another more or less contingent social and cultural formation on planet earth. This new perspective on modernity and its transformation, which has emerged from the modernist-postmodernist debate, is the subject matter of this book. It is addressed in a multidisciplinary and international way, both theoretically and empirically, and is explored not only in general and historical terms, but also through specific topics such as sexuality, identity, democracy, globalization, knowledge and leadership. Offering an important collaborative contribution to contemporary discourse in sociology, social psychology, politics and philosophy, this book represents a unique effort to come to grips with our obscure and elusive social position at the start of the 21st century.

Imagining Afghanistan Global Fiction and Film of the 9/11 Wars

Imagining Afghanistan Global Fiction and Film of the 9/11 Wars

Author: Alla Ivanchikova Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/09/2019

The Ruins of Kabul examines how Afghanistan has been imagined in literary and visual texts that were published after the 9/11 attacks and the subsequent U.S.-led invasion-the era that propelled Afghanistan into the center of global media visibility. Through an analysis of fiction, graphic novels, memoirs, drama, and film, the book demonstrates that writing and screening Afghanistan has become a conduit for understanding our shared post-9/11 condition. Afghanistan serves as a lens through whichcontemporary cultural producers contend with the moral ambiguities of twenty-first-century humanitarianism, interpret the legacy of the Cold War, debate the role of the U.S. in the rise of transnational terror, and grapple with the long-term impact of war on both human and non human ecologies. Post-9/11 global Afghanistan literary production remains largely NATO-centric in so far as it is marked by an uncritical investment in humanitarianism as an approach to Third World suffering and inanti-communism as an unquestioned premise. The book's first half exposes how persistinganti-socialist biases-including anti-statist bias-not only shaped recent literaryand visual texts on Afghanistan, resulting in a distorted portrayal of itstragic history, but also informed these texts' reception by critics. In the book's second half, the author examines cultural texts that challenge this limited horizon and forge alternative ways of representing traumatic histories. Captured by the author through the concepts of deep time, non human witness, and war as a multispecies ecology, these new aesthetics bring readers a sophisticated portrait of Afghanistan as a rich multispecies habitat affected in dramatic ways by decades of war but not annihilated.

A Sociology of Shame and Blame Insiders Versus Outsiders

A Sociology of Shame and Blame Insiders Versus Outsiders

Author: Graham Scambler Format: Hardback Release Date: 19/09/2019

This book presents a novel approach to framing the concept of stigma, and understanding why and how it functions. Graham Scambler extends his analysis beyond common social interactionist understandings of stigma by linking experiences to the larger social structure-the political economy. A Sociology of Shame and Blame contends that stigma is being `weaponised' as part of a calculated political strategy favouring capital accumulation over justice, and addresses how the shame associated with stigma has taken on the additional dimension of blame through micro-interactions. The unique Insider-Outsider approach that Scambler harnesses draws on micro and macro social theory to identify links between the prevalence of stigma and agency, culture and structure, and will be an original and key reference point for students and scholars across the social and behavioural sciences, including, but not limited to, sociology, anthropology, psychology, public health and social policy.

The True Believer Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements

The True Believer Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements

Author: Eric Hoffer Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/09/2019

A part of Harper Perennial's special Resistance Library highlighting classic works that illuminate the Age of Trump : A boldly packaged reissue of the classic examination of dangerous nationalist political movements. Its theme is political fanaticism, with which it deals severely and brilliantly. -New Yorker A stevedore on the San Francisco docks in the 1940s, Eric Hoffer wrote philosophical treatises in his spare time while living in the railroad yards. The True Believer-the first and most famous of his books-was made into a bestseller when President Eisenhower cited it during one of the earliest television press conferences. Called a brilliant and original inquiry and a genuine contribution to our social thought by Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., this landmark in the field of social psychology is completely relevant and essential for understanding the world today as it delivers a visionary, highly provocative look into the mind of the fanatic and a penetrating study of how an individual becomes one.

Norbert Elias and the Sociology of Education

Norbert Elias and the Sociology of Education

Author: Eric (University of Exeter, UK) Lybeck Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/09/2019

This is the first book to apply the sociology of Norbert Elias to the field of sociology of education, offering fruitful lines of research developed from the application of Elias's theoretical framework. Beginning by introducing Elias' theory to those who are unfamiliar with it, Lybeck goes on to explore ways his work can be applied to areas of education research including widening participation, education and the state and the development of knowledge. Topics discussed in detail include: the relationship between social control and self-control; the difference between involvement and detachment in research; and the concept of game-models to explain unintended consequences in education policy. Lybeck also situates Elias's thought alongside other key thinkers including Bourdieu, Foucault and Abbott, whose theories have been widely applied in education research. An Eliasian or `figurational' sociology of education points to more historical, processual and post-critical approaches to education studies. As the first book to open up Elias' work to researchers and students in education, a range of familiar topics including identity, decolonization and globalization can be seen in a new light.

Theorizing in Contemporary Social Science A Peircean Consensus?

Theorizing in Contemporary Social Science A Peircean Consensus?

Author: Mikael Carleheden Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/08/2019

Social theory is generally seen as a necessary part of social science and is institutionalized as a specialized area of research competence, whilst also playing an important role in the education of students. However, the question of how to theorize is explicitly addressed only rarely in the academic community: social scientists discuss the content of theories, on the one hand, and empirical research methods, on the other, but seldom do they discuss theory construction, or the logic and method of theoretical research. Engaging with the work of Charles Sanders Peirce in the philosophy of science, this book takes up the issue of how theory is constructed and developed, raising and responding to questions including: What do social scientists actually do when they theorize? How do they proceed when they construct theories? What does theoretical research involve? What makes theorizing scientific? Do we need methods in theoretical work? Is there a specific logic of theorizing on which such methods could be based? Offering a systematic investigation of attempts to clarify the logic of theorizing in some of the most influential schools in contemporary social science - such as phenomenology, hermeneutics, American pragmatism, German critical theory, critical realism, analytical sociology, poststructuralism and French pragmatism - this book will appeal not only to social theorists, but scholars and students across the social sciences.

W. E. B. Du Bois and the Critique of the Competitive Society

W. E. B. Du Bois and the Critique of the Competitive Society

Author: Andrew J. Douglas Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/08/2019

Competition and competitiveness are roundly celebrated as public values and key indicators of a dynamic and forward-thinking society. But the headlong embrace of competitive market principles, increasingly prevalent in our neoliberal age, often obscures the enduring divisiveness of a society set up to produce winners and losers. In this inspired and thoughtfully argued book, Andrew J. Douglas turns to the later writings of W. E. B. Du Bois to reevaluate the very terms of the competitive society. Situating Du Bois in relation to the Depression-era roots of contemporary neoliberal thinking, Douglas shows that into the 1930s Du Bois ratcheted up a race-conscious indictment of capitalism and liberal democracy and posed unsettling questions about how the compulsory pull of market relations breeds unequal outcomes and underwrites the perpetuation of racial animosities. Blending historical analysis with ethical and political theory, and casting new light on several aspects of Du Bois's thinking, this book makes a compelling case that Du Bois's sweeping disillusionment with Western liberalism is as timely now as ever.

Reading Adorno The Endless Road

Reading Adorno The Endless Road

Author: Amirhosein Khandizaji Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/08/2019

This book draws on core concepts coined by Adorno, such as identity thinking, the culture industry, and his critique of the autonomous and rational subject, to address the ills that plague neoliberal capitalist societies today. These ills range from the risk of a return to totalitarian tendencies, to the global rise of the far-right, and anti-feminist conceptions of motherhood. Subsequent chapters outline the ways in which Adorno's thought can also be seen to redress the challenges of modern societies, such as the critical function of artworks, and the subversive potential of slow-food and popular music. The important underlying concern of the book is to highlight the continuing relevance of Adorno, both in dealing with the failures of neo-liberal capitalist societies, and in his applicability to a wide range of disciplines.

Routledge Handbook of Identity Studies

Routledge Handbook of Identity Studies

Author: Anthony (University of South Australia, Australia) Elliott Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/07/2019

In this comprehensive, accessible Handbook, acclaimed social theorist Anthony Elliott brings together internationally distinguished and emergent scholars in the social sciences and humanities to review the major theoretical traditions, trends and trajectories in the hugely popular field of identity studies. Routledge Handbook of Identity Studies set new standards for reference works when first published, such was the far-reaching sweep of topics discussed - including identity studies reconfigured by feminism, post-structuralism and postmodernism, individualization theories, media and cultural studies, race and ethnicity, consumerism, environmentalism, post-colonialism, globalization and many more. This second edition of the Handbook contains new contributions, including an updated general introduction from Anthony Elliott on the fast-changing conditions and contours of identity transformations in the global age. There are also new chapters on the emergence of posthuman identities - with specific focus on the global consequences of biotechnology, biomedicine, robotics and artificial intelligence for the analysis of identity - and on identity mobilities. The Handbook's clear and accessibly format will appeal to a wide undergraduate audience, as well as researchers and teachers, in the social sciences and humanities.

The Crisis Paradigm Description and Prescription in Social and Political Theory

The Crisis Paradigm Description and Prescription in Social and Political Theory

Author: Andrew Simon Gilbert Format: Hardback Release Date: 18/07/2019

This book examines how 20th century theorists have used a discourse of crisis to frame their conceptualizations of modernity. Through an investigation of four key thinkers (Georg Lukacs, Hannah Arendt, Reinhart Koselleck and Jurgen Habermas), Gilbert argues that scholars in the social sciences and humanities should be cautious of treating crises as explananda for research. Instead, the book calls for sociological analysis of the role of crisis within social scientific discourse, and examines how crisis has been used as a conceptual frame for legitimating theoretical agendas. Gilbert's sociology of concepts approach presents crisis as a paradigm of modern thought, and, more generally, reflects on how concepts can become the carriers of diverse intellectual traditions and debates. The Crisis Paradigm will be of interest to students and scholars of social and critical theory, politics, sociology and history, as well as those working in the fields of media studies, communication and discourse analysis.