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January 12  Introduction
  • White, Nancy.  1980.  "Nancy White."  Pp. 143-156 in Drylongso: A Self-Portrait of Black America.  New York: Random House.
January 14-21  headerlanguage and sensory experience
  • headerWhorf, Benjamin Lee.  (1941) 1956.  "Languages and Logic."  Pp. 233-245 in Language, Thought, and Reality.  Cambridge, MA: The M.I.T. Press.
  • headerDouglas, Mary.  1986.  How Institutions Think.  Syracuse, NY: Syracuse U. Press, pp. 45-49, 62-65, 76-80, 91-92, 100-102, 120-128.
  • headerDerrida, Jacques.  1976.  Of Grammatology.  Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, pp. 44-51, 61-73, 92-93.
    • Recommended: de Sassure, Ferdinand.  1972.  Course in General Linguistics.  La Salle, IL: Open Court, pp. 65-70.

January 26-28  headerconflict (the follower)

    • headerRecommended: Marx, Karl.  "The Fetishism of Commodities."  Pp. 216-220, 225-231 in The Marx-Engels Reader, edited by Robert C. Tucker.  New York, NY: W.W. Norton.
  • headerAlthusser, Louis.  1976.  "Ideology and Ideological State Apparatuses."  Pp. 1-60 in Essays on Ideology.  London: Verso.
  • headerLukács, Georg.  (1920) 1971.  "Class Consciousness."  Pp. 46-82 in History and Class Consciousness: Studies in Marxist Dialectics.  London, UK: Merlin.
  • headerBourdieu, Pierre.  1998.  “Is a Disinterested Act Possible?”  Pp. 75-91 in Practical Reason: On the Theory of Action.  Stanford, CA: Stanford U. Press.
    • Recommended: Bourdieu, Pierre, and Jean-Claude Passeron.  1990.  "Foundations of a Theory of Symbolic Violence."  Pp. 1-68, 235-236 in Reproduction in Education, Society and Culture, 2nd ed.  London, UK: Sage.

February 2-4  headerfunction (the collaborator)

    • headerRecommended: Durkheim, Emile.  (1893) 1964. The Division of Labor in Society. New York, NY: Free Press, pp. 262, 396-402, 432-435.
  • headerParsons, Talcott.  1954.  "Psychology and Sociology."  Pp. 67-101 (Chapter 4) in For a Science of Social Man: Convergences in Anthropology, Psychology, and Sociology, edited by John Gillin.  New York: Macmillan.
    • Recommended: Giddens, Anthony.  1984.  The Constitution of Society: Outline of the Theory of Structuration.  Cambridge, UK: Polity Press, pp. 293-297.
  • headerCoser, Lewis A.  1964.  The Functions of Social Conflict.  New York: Free Press, pp. 29-31, 67-80, 93-103, 111-119, 155-157.
  • headerHomans, George C.  1958.  "Social Behavior as Exchange," American Journal of Sociology 63: 597-606.
    • Recommended: Blau, Peter M.  1964.  Exchange and Power in Social Life.  New York: Wiley, pp. 151-160.
February 9-11  headerrationality (the agent)
    • headerRecommendedWeber, Max.  (1922) 1978.  Economy and Society: An Outline of Interpretive Sociology.  Berkley, CA: U. California Press, pp. 24-26, 215-216, 217, 223-226, 237-238, 241-246, 251-254, 266-270.
  • headerColeman, James S.  1990.  Foundations of Social Theory.  Cambridge, MA: Belknap, pp. 241-259, 269-299, 515-527.
  • headerSimon, Herbert A.  1996.  "Economic Rationality: Adaptive Artifice."  Pp. 25-49 (Chapter 2) in The Sciences of the Artificial.  Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
  • headerTilly, Charles.  2002.  Stories, Identities, and Political Change.  Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, pp. 189-211 (Chapters 14 & 15).
February 16-18  headeridentity (the persona)
  • headerMead, George H.  n.d.[1917?]/1982.  "Consciousness, Mind, the Self, and Scientific Objects."  Pp. 176-196 in The Individual and the Social Self: Unpublished Work of George Herbert Mead, edited by David L Miller.  Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, pp. 230-246.
  • headerGoffman, Erving.  1959.  The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life.  Garden City, NJ: Doubleday, pp. 9-18, 104-108, 111-113, 167-190, 200-207, 248-255.
  • headerBurke, Peter J.  2004.  “Identities and Social Structure: The 2003 Cooley-Mead Award Address,” Social Psychology Quarterly 67: 5-15.
    • Recommended: Burke, Peter J.  1991.  “Identity Processes and Social Stress,” American Sociological Review 56: 836-49.

February 23-25  headeranti-essentialism (persona subversion)

  • headerRidgeway, Cecilia L.  1993.  "Gender, Status, and the Social Psychology of Expectations."  Pp. 175-197 in Theory On Gender/Feminism on Theory, edited by Paula England.  New York: Aldine de Gruyter.
    • Recommended: Lorber, Judith.  1994.  Paradoxes of Gender.  New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, pp. 230-246.
  • headerCollins, Patricia Hill.  2000.  "Black Feminist Epistemology."  Pp. 251-271 (Chapter 11) in Black Feminist Thought: Knowledge, Consciousness, and the Politics of Empowerment, 2nd ed.  New York: Routledge.
  • headerButler, Judith P.  2004.  Undoing Gender.  New York: Routledge, pp. 174-186, 204-225, 230-231.

March 6

    Outline for term paper due.

March 2-9  headercritical theory (agent subversion)

  • headerAdorno, Theodor W.  1991.  "The Schema of Mass Culture."  Pp. 53-84 in The Culture Industry: Selected Essays on Mass Culture.  London: Routledge.
  • headerMarcuse, Herbert.  1964.  One-Dimensional Man: Studies in the Ideology of Advanced Industrial Society.  Boston, MA: Beacon, pp. 1-18, 106-114, 226-236, 250-257.
  • headerMills, C. Wright.  1963.  "Culture & Politics."  Pp. 236-246 in Power, Politics, and People: The Collected Essays of C. Wright Mills.  New York, NY: Oxford U. Press.
  • headerHabermas, Jürgen.  1979.  Communication and the Evolution of Society.  Boston: Beacon Press, pp. 40-68, 217-219.

March 9-13

  • Student-instructor meetings.

March 23-25  headerrisk theory (collaborator subversion)

  • headerGiddens, Anthony.  2000.  Runaway World: How Globalization is Reshaping our Lives.  New York, NY: Routledge, pp. 38-53 (chap. 2), 85-100 (chap. 5).
  • headerBeck, Ulrich.  2003.  "Toward a New Critical Theory with a Cosmopolitan Intent," Constellations 10: 453-68.
  • headerLuhmann, Niklas.  2002.  Theories of Distinction: Redescribing the Descriptions of Modernity.  Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, pp. 94-112.

March 30

    Bibliography for term paper due.

March 30-April 1  headerdeconstructionism (follower subversion)

  • headerEdwards, Dereck, Malcolm Ashmore, and Johathan Potter.  1995.  "Death and Furniture:  The Rhetoric, Politics, and Theology of Bottom Line Arguments Against Relativism," History of the Human Sciences 8(2):25-49.
  • headerBakhtin, Mikhail.  1981.  "Discourse in the Novel."  Pp. 259, 270-273, 278-279, 285-293, 296, 324-327, 351-360, 366-371, 378, 382-384, 399, 416-434 in The Dialogic Imagination: Four Essays.  Austin, TX: University of Texas Press.
  • headerBaudrillard, Jean.  1983.  "The Precession of Simulacra."  Pp. 1-79 in Simulations.  New York, NY: Semiotext(e).

April 6-8  headerrestricted relativisms (universalism subversion)

  • headerSimmel, Georg.  (1908) 1950.  Excerpts on Truthfulness, Relationships, Secrecy, and the Secret Society.  Pp. 307-376 (Chapters 1-4) in The Sociology of Georg Simmel.  Glencoe, IL: Free Press.
  • headerŽižek, Slavoj.  1998.  "Four Discourses, Four Subjects."  Pp. 74-113 (Chapter 3) in Cogito and the Unconsciousness.  Durham, NC: Duke University Press.
  • headerFoucault, Michel.  2000.  "Truth and Juridical Forms."  Pp. 6-12, 15, 17-30, 34-45, 48-69, 73-79, 82-89 in Power, edited by James D. Faubion.  New York: The New Press

April 13-15

  • Butler, Judith P.  1993.  Bodies that Matter: On the Discursive Limits of "Sex".  New York: Routledge, pp. 12-16, 105-109, 187-195, 206-222, 237-242.
  • Moessinger, Pierre.  2000.  The Paradox of Social Order: Linking Psychology and Sociology.  New York: Aldine de Gruyter.
  • Hall, Stuart.  1989.  "The Meaning of New Times."  Pp. 116-133 (Chapter 8) in New Times: The Changing Face of Politics in the 1990s, edited by Stuart Hall and Martin Jacques.  London: Lawrence & Wishart.

April 20-22

  • Bourdieu, Pierre.  1992.  "The Practice of Reflexive Sociology (The Paris Workshop)."  Pp. 216-260 in An Invitation to Reflexive Sociology, edited by Pierre Bourdieu and Loïc J. D. Wacquant.  Chicago: U. Chicago Press.
  • Alexander, Jeffrey C.  2000.  "Contradictions: The Uncivilizing Pressures of Space, Time, and Function,"
    Soundings 16:96-112.
  • Suchman, Lucy A.  1987.  Plans and Situated Actions: The Problem of Human-Machine Communication.  New York, NY: Cambridge University Press, pp. 1-4, 27-67, 178-189.

April 27-29

  • Horkheimer, Max.  1972.  "Traditional and Critical Theory."  Pp. 188-243 in Critical Theory: Selected Essays.  New York: Herder & Herder.
  • Bauman, Zygmunt.  1991.  Modernity and Ambivalence.  Cambridge, UK: Polity Press, pp. 75-84, 90-101, 231-238, 251-279.
  • von Bertalanffy, Ludwig.  1968.  Organismic Psychology and Systems Theory.  Barre, MA: Clark University Press, pp. 10-69.

May 1  Epilogue

    Term paper due.
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