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A Primer in Social and Sociological Theory


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1. Modernity, Democracy, and the Making of a Civic Sociologist The Making of Modernity-Social Factors and Intellectual Ideas America and the First Sociologists Modern Institutions Civic Sociology and the Craft of Citizenship The Craft of Citizenship 2. Society The Evolution of Society-Herbert Spencer Culture and Society-Talcott Parsons The System of Civil Society-Jeffrey C. Alexander The Craft of Citizenship 3. Self Creating the Self-George Herbert Mead Performing the Self-Erving Goffman The Language and Reality of the Self-R. S. Perinbanayagam The Craft of Citizenship 4. Religion The Religious Basis of Society-Emile Durkheim Modern Religion-Robert Bellah The God of War The Craft of Citizenship 5. Capitalism Contradictions of Capitalism-Karl Marx Colonization of Democracy-Jurgen Habermas Capitalism and the Body -Pierre Bourdieu The Craft of Citizenship 6. Power The Fundamental Contours of Power-Max Weber Organizing Power-Ralf Dahrendorf The Practices of Power-Michel Foucault The Craft of Citizenship 7. Gender The Root Causes of Gender Inequality-Charlotte Perkins Gilman Structuring Gender Inequality-Janet Chafetz Consciousness and the Relations of Ruling-Dorothy E. Smith The Craft of Citizenship 8. Race Double Consciousness-W.E.B. Du Bois Race and Class-William Julius Wilson Market Moralities and Black Nihilism-Cornel West The Craft of Citizenship 9. Globalization Runaway Modernity-Anthony Giddens Global Capitalism-Immanuel Wallerstein The Network Society-Manuel Castells The Craft of Citizenship

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Kenneth Allan received his PhD in sociology from the University of California, Riverside (1995), and is currently professor of Sociology at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG). Before moving to UNCG, he directed the Teaching Assistant Development Program at the University of California, Riverside, and coedited Training Teaching Assistants, 2nd Edition (1997), published by the American Sociological Association. In addition to teaching classical and contemporary theory at UNCG, Allan also supervised UNCG's sociology iSchool program, which offered online introduction to sociology classes to high school students across North Carolina, has designed several online courses for both the college and department, and has regularly taught graduate pedagogy courses. Allan's research areas include theory, culture, and the self. He has authored several works in the area of theory, including multiple textbooks covering classical and contemporary theory, as well as The Meaning of Culture: Moving the Postmodern Critique Forward, and A Primer in Social and Sociological Theory: Toward a Sociology of Citizenship. His current projects include a social history of American individualism, a sociological analysis of consciousness and self, as well as a novel based in early 20th century American life.

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