Mainstream and Critical Social Theory: a Digest 1800-2000 (8 Volume Boxed Set)


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Author: Alexander J
Format/pages: Hbk 3328 pages
Publication date: 07/2001
Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd

Unrivalled in scope and depth, and prepared by one of the acknowledged giants of contemporary social theory, this boxed set provides a magisterial review of the central canons, discourses and research programmes in social theory. The reader is provided with a route-map through the complex terrain of social theory from classical to contemporary times. Alexander distils an amazingly rich set of resources into eight exceptional volumes. For the specialist who does not have all of these materials to hand, the set offers an incisive and invaluable research aid. For the non-specialist, the volumes constitute an elegant and reliable entry into the heart of what is important in social theory. For specialist and non-specialist alike, Alexander’s choices will be a fascinating insight into his view of the essentials in the Western tradition of social theory. The collection begins with a specially prepared essay by Alexander which precludes a view of social theory as a `glorious’ onward march. Instead, he concentrates on the relativity of social theory, a relativity that derives from the status of sociology as a human science rather than a science of nature. The Introduction provides the reader with a guide through the main structural shifts in social theory. It demonstrates why the classics are significant and elucidates their contemporary relevance; and indicates the limitations of the classical tradition, tracing where these limitations have borne fruit in contemporary research initiatives and achievements. Alexander identifies central canons in sociological research and lays the groundwork for framing each. Urbane, shrewd and compelling, Alexander’s mapping of the canons will inspire debate in sociology and offers an exciting new reorientation for reading and understanding social theory.

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Alienated Labor – Karl Marx
On the Production of Consciousness – Karl Marx
Bourgeoisa and Proletarians – Karl Marx and Frederick Engels
Base and Superstructure – Karl Marx
The Later Theory of Capitalism and Class Domination – Karl Marx
The Indeterminacy of Historical Causation – Karl Marx
Confucianism and Puritanism – Max Weber
Religious Rejections of the World and Their Directions – Max Weber
Class, Status and Party – Max Weber
Formal Organization – Max Weber
The Types of Legitimate Political Authority – Max Weber
Historical Emergence of Citizenship – Max Weber
Structural Differentiation and the Rational Modern Conscience – Emile Durkheim
Rules for the Observation of Social Facts – Emile Durkheim
Pathologies of Modernity – Emile Durkheim
The Social Causes of Suicide
Individualism and the Intellectuals – Emile Durkheim
The Religious Theory of Modernity – Emile Durkheim
Definition of Socialism – Emile Durkheim
Confict as Integrative – Georg Simmel
The Triad – Georg Simmel
Culture and Crisis – Georg Simmel
The Metropolis and Mental Life – Georg Simmel
Interaction and Meaning – George Herbert Mead
The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life – Erving Goffman
Introduction to Frame Analysis – Erving Goffman
The Interaction Order – Erving Goffman
Communication and Moral Action in Modern Societies – John Dewey
Choosing among Projects of Action – Alfred Schutz
Studies of the Routine Grounds of Everyday Activities – Harold Garfinkel
Society as Rational Exchange – James S Coleman
Social Behavior as Exchange – George C Homans
On Institutions and Social Evolution – Talcott Parsons
The Superego and the Theory of Social Systems – Talcott Parsons
Integration and Institutionalization in the Social System – Talcott Parsons
The Concept of Society – Talcott Parsons
The Components and Their Interrelations
On the Concept of Political Power – Talcott Parsons
Double Interchanges in Economy and Society – Talcott Parsons and Neil J Smelser
The Residual Category of Marxism – Frederick Engels
Economic Determinism Only in the Last Instance
The Rustic Craftsmanship of the Economists and the Organization of Revolutionaries – V I Lenin
Reification and the Consciousness of the Proletariat – Georg Luk cs
The Study of Philosophy – Antonio Gramsci
The Problem of Mediations and Auxiliary Disciplines – Jean-Paul Sartre
Contradiction and Overdetermination – Louis Althusser
Notes for an Investigation
Alienation and Property – Shlomo Avineri
Beyond Economism to Culture and Legitimation – Jurgen Habermas
Charisma, Order and Status – Edward Shils
Inequality and Social Structure – Reinhard Bendix
A Comparison of Marx and Weber
Domination as the Core of Weber’s Political Sociology – Guenther Roth
The Dialectical Development of the Rationalism of World Mastery – Wolfgang Schluchter
Religion and Science
Nietzsche and Weber – Ralph Schroeder
Two ‘Prophets’ of the Modern World
Continuities in the Study of Social Conflict – Lewis A Coser
Durkheim’s Early Works – Anthony Giddens
Durkheim and History – Robert N Bellah
Rethinking Durkheim’s Intellectual Development – Jeffery C Alexander
On the Complex Origins of a Cultural Sociology
The Rational Structure of the Linguistication of the Sacred – Jurgen Habermas
Manifest and Latent Functions – Robert K Merton
Some Remarks on ‘The Social System’ – David Lockwood
The Oversocialized Conception of Man in Modern Sociology – Dennis H Wrong
Formal and Substantive Voluntarism in the Work of Talcott Parsons – Jeffrey C Alexander
A Theoretical and Ideological Reinterpretation
The Debate with Parsons – Hans Joas
Rehistoricizing the Convergence Thesis
Against Nostalgia – Robert J Holton and Bryan S Turner
Talcott Parsons and a Sociology for the Modern World
‘Modernizing’ Eastern Europe – Klaus Muller
Theoretical Problems and Political Dilemmas
The Capitalist State – Ralph Miliband
Reply to Nicos Poulantzas
The Capitalist State – Nicos Poulantzas
A Reply to Miliband and Laclau
Late Capitalism beyond Economism – Paul A Baran and Paul M Sweezy
The Wider Reproduction of Labor Power – AndrÚ Gorz
The Model of Civilization
A Final Note on Skill – Harry Braverman
Ideology and Ideological State Apparatuses (Notes towards an Investigation) – Louis Althusser
The Rational Culture of Critical-Class Discourse – Alvin W Gouldner
Classes and Classifications – Pierre Bourdieu
Shop Floor Culture, Masculinity and the Wage Form – Paul Willis
Organizational Oligarchies – Robert Michels
Why Democracy in the ITU? – Seymour Lipset, Trow and Coleman
Foundations of the Theory of Organization – Philip Selznick
The New Institutionalism in Organization Theory – Walter W Powell and Paul J DiMaggio
The Higher Circles – C Wright Mills
Citizenship and Social Class – T H Marshall
Social Class, Political Class, Ruling Class – Raymond Aron
Elections – Seymour Martin Lipset
The Expression of the Democratic Class Struggle
Citizenship and the Place of the Public Sphere – Margaret R Somers
Law, Community and Political Culture in the Transition to Democracy
Social Structure and Anomie – Robert K Merton
On the Sociology of Deviance – Kai T Erikson
Civil Religion in America – Robert N Bellah
Secular Defilement – Mary Douglas
Deep Play – Clifford Geertz
Notes on the Balinese Cockfight
Liminality and Communitas – Victor W Turner
From Mobs to Memorials – Viviana A Zelizer
The Sacrulization of Child Life
Culture and Political Crisis – Jeffrey C Alexander
‘Watergate’ and Durkheimian Sociology
The Urban Community as a Spatial Pattern and a Moral Order – Robert E Park
The Social Self – The Meaning of ‘I’ – Charles Horton Cooley
Social Movements – Herbert Blumer
Good People and Dirty Work – Everett C Hughes
Becoming a Marihuana User – Howard S Becker
Street Etiquette and Street Wisdom – Elijah Anderson
Making Music Together – Alfred Schutz
A Study in Social Relationship
Passing and the Managed Achievement of Sex Status in an ‘Intersexed’ Person – Harold Garfinkel
A Simplest Systematics for the Organization of Turn-Taking for Conversation – Harvey Sacks, Emanuel A Schegloff and Gail Jefferson
Rational Choice and Solidarity – Michael Hechter
Science and Democratic Social Structure – Robert K Merton
Some Principles of Stratification – Kingsley Davis and Wilbert E Moore
The Functional Prerequisites of a Society – D F Aberle et al
The Sociology of the Deviant Act – Albert K Cohen
Anomie Theory and beyond
Religious Evolution – Robert N Bellah
Structural Differentiation in Spinning – Neil J Smelser
Toward a Dualistic Theory of Identification – Philip E Slater
Values, Norms and Informed Consent – Bernard Barber
The Fundamental Characteristics of the Political Systems and the Social Conditions of Their Development – S N Eisenstadt
The Mass News Media in Systemic, Historical and Comparative Perspective – Jeffrey C Alexander

Jeffrey Alexander is Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Los Angeles