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Primer in Social and Sociological Theory: Toward a Sociology of Citizenship

by Kenneth D Allan Pine Forge Press
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Organized around the discourses of modernity, democracy, and citizenship, A Primer in Social and Sociological Theory: An Invitation to Democracy helps readers to develop skills in critical thinking and theory as they explore nine central ideas of thought: modernity, society, self, religion, capitalism, power, gender, race, and globalization. Each chapter concludes with a section that discusses the craft of citizenship as it relates to the chapter content.

•Classical and contemporary theorists described in detail include Pierre Bourdieu, Janet Chavez, W.E.B. Dubois, Karl Marx, Herbert Spencer, and many others.
•A focus on building higher-order thinking and theorizing skills guides readers in formulating their own analyses, interpretations, evaluations, and syntheses of theory.
•Thoughtful end-of-chapter exercises build on one another and help students to develop their understanding of sociological theory.
•A password-protected Instructors Resources Site supports the text and provides useful teaching materials.

Intended Audience
A Primer in Social and Sociological Theory: An Invitation to Democracy is intended as a core text for undergraduate Sociological Theory courses.

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'Émile Durkheim
Modern Religion'Robert Bellah
The God of War
The Craft of Citizenship
5. Capitalism
Contradictions of Capitalism'Karl Marx
Colonization of Democracy'Jürgen 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

Kenneth Allan is Associate Professor (Ph.D., University of California at Riverside, 1995). Most recent teaching is in the areas of: Sociological Theory, Social Psychology, and Sociology of Culture. He has published numerous articles in theory, a