Part I: Introductions

Chapter 1: In the Beginning Was Modernity

Theory: The Key to Modern Knowledge

Complexities of Contemporary Theory

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Chapter 2: Defining Moments in Twentieth-Century Theory - Talcott Parsons and the Frankfurt School

Talcott Parsons: Defining Sociology

The Frankfurt School: The Problem With Sociology

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Part II: Individuals and Situations

Chapter 3: The Language of the Self - Herbert Blumer

Concepts and Theory: Emergent Meanings

Concepts and Theory: Self and Action

Concepts and Theory: Society and Sociology

Taking the Perspective: Symbolic Interactionism

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Chapter 4: Imaging the Self - Erving Goffman

The Big Picture: Self-Image

Concepts and Theory: Impression Management

Concepts and Theory: The Encounter

Concepts and Theory: Frames and Keys

Concepts and Theory: The Interaction Order

Taking the Perspective: Dramaturgy

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Chapter 5: Achieving Social Order - Harold Garfinkel

The Big Picture: Social Constructivism

Concepts and Theory: Achieving Social Order

Concepts and Theory: Reflexivity

Taking the Perspective: Ethnomethodology

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Chapter 6: Social Exchanges - George Homans, Peter Blau, and Randall Collins

Elementary Forms of Social Behavior: George Homans

Concepts and Theory: Basic Principles of Behavioral Psychology

Social Exchanges and Power: Peter Blau

Concepts and Theory: Social Exchanges

Concepts and Theory: Creating Power and Social Structures

Ritualized Exchanges: Randall Collins

Concepts and Theory: Emotion - The Generalized

Concepts and Theory: Interaction Ritual Chains

Concepts and Theory: Ritualizing Stratification

Taking the Perspective: Exchange Theory

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Part III: Social Structures and Systems

The Big Picture: Levels of Analysis

Chapter 7: Structures of Racial and Gender Inequality - William Julius Wilson and Janet Saltzman Chafetz

The Big Picture: Structures

The Declining Significance of Race: William Julius Wilson

Concepts and Theory: American Racial History

Concepts and Theory: Policy Implications

Taking the Perspective: American Race Theory

The Structures of Gender Inequality: Janet Saltzman Chafetz

Concepts and Theory: Coercive Structures of Gender Inequality

Concepts and Theory: Micro-Level Coercive Structures

Concepts and Theory: Changing Gender Inequality

Taking the Perspective: Feminism

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Chapter 8: Structuring Class - Pierre Bourdieu

Concepts and Theory: Structuring Class

Concepts and Theory: Replicating Class

Concepts and Theory: Toward a New Sociology

Taking the Perspective: Cultural Embodiment

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Chapter 9: Structures of Power - Michel Foucault

Taking the Perspective: Dramaturgy

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Chapter 5: Achieving Social Order - Harold Garfinkel

The Big Picture: Social Constructivism

Concepts and Theory: Achieving Social Order

Concepts and Theory: Reflexivity

Taking the Perspective: Ethnomethodology

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Chapter 6: Social Exchanges - George Homans, Peter Blau, and Randall Collins

Elementary Forms of Social Behavior: George Homans

Concepts and Theory: Basic Principles of Behavioral Psychology

Social Exchanges and Power: Peter Blau

Concepts and Theory: Social Exchanges

Concepts and Theory: Creating Power and Social Structures

Ritualized Exchanges: Randall Collins

Concepts and Theory: Emotion - The Generalized

Concepts and Theory: Interaction Ritual Chains

Concepts and Theory: Ritualizing Stratification

Taking the Perspective: Exchange Theory

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Part III: Social Structures and Systems

The Big Picture: Levels of Analysis

Chapter 7: Structures of Racial and Gender Inequality - William Julius Wilson and Janet Saltzman Chafetz

The Big Picture: Structures

The Declining Significance of Race: William Julius Wilson

Concepts and Theory: American Racial History

Concepts and Theory: Policy Implications

Taking the Perspective: American Race Theory

The Structures of Gender Inequality: Janet Saltzman Chafetz

Concepts and Theory: Coercive Structures of Gender Inequality

Concepts and Theory: Micro-Level Coercive Structures

Concepts and Theory: Changing Gender Inequality

Taking the Perspective: Feminism

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Chapter 8: Structuring Class - Pierre Bourdieu

Concepts and Theory: Structuring Class

Concepts and Theory: Replicating Class

Concepts and Theory: Toward a New Sociology

Taking the Perspective: Cultural Embodiment

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Chapter 9: Structures of Power - Michel Foucault

Concepts and Theory: The Truth About Truth

Concepts and Theory: The Practices of Power

Concepts and Theory: Disciplining the Body

Taking the Perspective: Poststructuralism

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Chapter 10: World-Systems Theory - Immanuel Wallerstein

The Big Picture: Globalization

Concepts and Theory: The Dialectics of Capitalism

Concepts and Theory: The End of the World as We Know It

Taking the Perspective: World-Systems Theory

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Chapter 11: The Network Society - Manual Castells

The Big Picture: Network Society

Concepts and Theory: Information Technology

Concepts and Theory: Networks, Identities, and Democracy

The Network Society and the Crisis in Democracy

Taking the Perspective: Society Writ Large

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Part IV: Modernity - Possibilities and Problems

The Big Picture: Civil Society and Democracy

Chapter 12: Reason and Democracy - Jürgen Habermas

The Big Picture: Social Change

Concepts and Theory: Capitalism and Legitimation

Concepts and Theory: The Colonization of Democracy

Concepts and Theory: Hope for Democracy

Taking the Perspective: Critical Theory

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Chapter 13: Civil Society and Democracy - Jeffrey C. Alexander

The Big Picture: Solidarity

Concepts and Theory: The New Civil Sphere

Concepts and Theory: Civil Institutions

Concepts and Theory: Civil Society Outcomes

Taking the Perspective: A Strong Program in Cultural Society

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Chapter 14: Runaway Modernity - Anthony Giddens

The Big Picture: Social Ontology

Concepts and Theory: The Reality of Society

Making Society and Hiding It

Concepts and Theory: The Contours of Modernity

Concepts and Theory: The Experience of Modernity

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Part V: Contemporary Political Identities

The Big Picture: Politics of Identities

Chapter 15: Being Black in America - Patricia Hill Collins and Cornel West

The Big Picture: Epistemology

Black Feminism and Intersectionality - Patricia Hill Collins

Concepts and Theory: The Standpoint of Black Women

Concepts and Theory: Intersectionality and Matrices of Domination

Commodification of Black Experience - Cornel West

Concepts and Theory: Black Existence in America

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Chapter 16: Text, Power, and Women - Dorothy E. Smith

Concepts and Theory: The Problem With Facts

Concepts and Theory: Lived Experience and Knowing

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Chapter 17: Exposing Sex - Judith Butler

Concepts and Theory: What's the Matter With Bodies?

Concepts and Theory: Haunting, Subversion, and Queer Politics

Taking the Perspective: Poststructuralism and Queer Theory

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