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1 SO3200 Social Theory Part One: Classical Social Theory Lecturer: David Landy Ph Course outline and readings Class 1: Introduction. Why theory and why classical theory Class 2. How to study society: Social Facts and Social Action. Weber and Durkheim Class 3. Conflict or consensus? Marx and Durkheim. Class 4. Explaining Social Change. Marx and Weber Class 5. Class. Weber and Marx Class 6. The condition of modernity: iron cage or individual freedom? Weber and Durkheim Class 7. The problems of modernity - Anomie and alienation. Durkheim and Marx Class 8. Large-scale and small-scale sociology. Marx and Simmel. Class 9. The sociologies of Simmel Class 10. Reading and writing sociology. Class 11. Dead White European Men? The limitations of classical sociology Class 1: Introduction. Why theory and why classical theory Craib, Ian Classical social theory. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Chapters 1 and 2. pp Morrison, Ken Marx, Durkheim, Weber: 2nd ed. London: SAGE Publications. Chapter 1. pp Alexander, Jeffery: The centrality of the classics and Gianfranco Poggi Lego quia inutile an alternative justification for the classics in Turner, Stephen P Social Theory and Sociology. Cambridge, Ma.: Blackwell Publishing. First seminar: Introduction to the course

2 Class 2. How to study society: Social facts and Social Action. Weber and Durkheim Weber: Weber, Max Economy and Society: An Outline of Interpretive Sociology. Berkeley; London: University of California Press. Volume 1, Chapter I, sections 1-3. Some is reprinted in Ian McIntosh op cit, section 2.5 Definitions of Sociology and Social Action. Pp Durkheim: Durkheim, Emile The Rules of Sociological Method. London: Macmillan. Chapter 1 What is a Social Fact and Conclusion. Some is reprinted in Ian McIntosh op cit; section 3.4 The Rules of Sociological Method pp Craib, Ian op cit Chapter 3: Durkheim: the discovery of social facts pp 25-34; and Chapter 5 Max Weber: the primacy of social action. pp Ritzer, George Sociological theory. 7th ed. Maidenhead: McGraw-Hill Higher Education. Chapter 4. Max Weber Section on methodology. pp Ceri, P Durkheim on Social Action. In Emile Durkheim: Sociologist and Moralist. edited by S. P. Turner. London: Routledge. Gane, Mike A Fresh Look at Durkheim's Sociological Method. In Emile Durkheim: Critical Assessments of Leading Sociologists, edited by W. S. F. Pickering. London: Routledge. Kalberg, Stephen Max Weber's comparative-historical sociology. Cambridge: Polity Press Chapter 1 Seminar Reading: Chapter 1 What is a Social fact in The Rules... Class 3. Conflict or consensus? Marx and Durkheim. Marx: Communist Manifesto, especially Section 1: Bourgeois and Proletarians. Parts are reprinted in Ian Mcintosh op cit; section 1.4 The Communist Manifesto pp Durkheim: Preface to second edition of The Division of Labour in Society. Ritzer, George op cit; Chapter 2 Karl Marx Section: The structure of capitalist society pp Craib, Ian op cit Chapter 7: Durkheim: drunk and orderly pp Bauman, Zygmunt Durkheim's Society Revisited. In The Cambridge Companion to Durkheim, edited by J. C. Alexander and P. Smith. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Hughes, John A., W. W. Sharrock, and Peter J. Martin Understanding Classical Sociology: Marx, Weber, Durkheim. 2nd ed. London: Sage Publications. Chapter 4. Section: The unity of society pp Seminar Reading: Section 1: Bourgeois and Proletarians in Communist Manifesto

3 Class 4. Explaining Social Change. Marx and Weber Marx: Ian McIntosh op cit; section 1.8 The So-called Primitive Accumulation pp Weber: Ian McIntosh op cit; section 2.1 The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism pp Parkin, Frank Max Weber. Rev. ed. London: Routledge. Chapter 2 Beliefs and Social Action Birnbaum, Nathan Conflicting Interpretations of the Rise of Capitalism. In Karl Marx's Social and Political Thought: Critical Assessments, edited by B. Jessop and C. Malcolm-Brown. London; New York: Routledge. Allen, Kieran Max Weber: A Critical Introduction. London: Pluto Press. Chapter 3 The Spirit of Capitalism McLellan, David The Thought of Karl Marx: An Introduction. 3rd ed. London: Papermac. Part 2, chapter 4. Ideology Seminar Reading: Ian McIntosh op cit; section 2.1 The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism Class 5. Class. Weber and Marx Marx: Ian McIntosh op cit; section 1.3 The German Ideology and Historical Materialism pp Weber: Ian McIntosh op cit; section 2.2 Class, status, and Party pp Ian Craib op cit: for Marx. Chapter 8. Sections Class and The State. pp Ian Craib op cit: for Weber. Chapter 9. Sections Weber s economic sociology and class, status and party pp Allen, Kieran Max Weber: A Critical Introduction. London: Pluto Press. Chapter 6 Class, Status and Party. pp Crompton, Rosemary Chapter 2 Class Analysis in Class and Stratification: An Introduction to Current Debates. 2nd ed. Cambridge: Polity Press. Elster, Jon Making Sense of Marx. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Chapter 3 Martin, Pete The concept of class. In Classic Disputes in Sociology, edited by R. J. Anderson, J. A. Hughes and W. W. Sharrock. London: Allen and Unwin. Parkin, Frank Max Weber. Rev. ed. London: Routledge. Chapter 4 Seminar Reading: Weber: Ian McIntosh op cit; section 2.2 Class, status, and party

4 Class 6. The condition of modernity: iron cage or individual freedom? Weber and Durkheim Weber: Lemert, Charles Social Theory: The Multicultural and Classic. 2nd ed. Boulder, Colo.; Oxford: Westview. Sections The Spirit of Capitalism and the Iron Cage and The Bureaucratic Machine. pp Durkheim: Giddens, Anthony, ed Emile Durkheim: Selected writings. London: Cambridge University Press. Chapter 6. The Division of Labour and Social Differentiation. pp Ian McIntosh op cit; section 3.2 Sanctions and Mechanical and Organic Solidarity. pp Mommsen, Wolfgang J The Political and Social Theory of Max Weber: Collected Essays. London: Polity Press. Chapter 7 Weberian Bureaucratisation. Cladis, Mark S Beyond Solidarity? Durkheim and Twenty-first Century Democracy in a Global Age. In The Cambridge Companion to Durkheim, edited by J. C. Alexander and P. Smith. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. George Ritzer op cit; Chapter 4 Sections on Structures of Authority and Rationalisation. pp Garland, David Durkheim s sociology of punishment and punishment today in Pickering, W. S. F Emile Durkheim: Critical Assessments of Leading Sociologists. Volume 4. London: Routledge. Seminar Reading: Emile Durkheim: Selected writings. Chapter 6. The Division of Labour and Social Differentiation Class 7. The problems of modernity - Anomie and alienation. Durkheim and Marx Durkheim: Giddens, Anthony, ed Emile Durkheim: Selected writings. London: Cambridge University Press. Chapter 8, Section The Problem of Anomie. pp Marx: Ian McIntosh op cit; section 1.1 Alienated Labour pp and 1.7 The Fetishism of Commodities. pp Steven Lukes 1977 Alienation and Anomie in Essays in Social Theory. London: Macmillan. And in Hamilton, Peter Emile Durkheim: Critical Assessments. London: Routledge. Volume 1 Elster, Jon Making Sense of Marx. Chapter 2. Especially section 2.3 Social Relations Miller, W Watts Modern Ills and modern ideals in Pickering, W. S. F Emile Durkheim: Critical Assessments of Leading Sociologists Volume 3. London: Routledge. Seminar Reading: Ian McIntosh op cit; section 1.1 Alienated Labour and 1.7 The Fetishism of Commodities.

5 Class 8. Large-scale and small-scale sociology. Marx and Simmel. Lemert, Charles Social Theory: The Multicultural and Classic. 2nd ed. Boulder, Colo.; Oxford: Westview. Section: The Stranger. pp Ian Craib op cit. for Marx, Chapter 4. for Simmel Chapter 10. Especially section The philosophy of money. Frisby, David Georg Simmel: First Sociologist of Modernity. In Georg Simmel: Critical Assessments, edited by D. Frisby. London: Routledge. Weinstein, Deena, and Michael A. Weinstein Georg Simmel: Sociological Flaneur Bricoleur. In Georg Simmel: Critical Assessments, edited by D. Frisby. London: Routledge. Seminar Reading: Lemert, Charles. Social Theory: The Multicultural and Classic. Section: The Stranger Class 9. The sociologies of Simmel Simmel can be seen as a bridge from the sociologists of modernity to more contemporary sociologists of postmodern society. This class examines his main sociological ideas his critique of objective culture and his position on modern urban society. David Frisby, and Mike Featherstone Simmel on Culture: Selected writings. London: SAGE. Part 4 Spatial and Urban Culture especially The Metropolis and Mental Life. pp George Ritzer op cit Chapter 5 Frisby, David Georg Simmel. London: Routledge. Nedelmann, Birgitta Individualization, Exaggeration and Paralysation: Simmel s Three Problems of Culture. In Georg Simmel: Critical Assessments, edited by D. Frisby. London: Routledge. Seminar Reading: The Metropolis and Mental Life in Simmel on Culture. pp Class 10. Reading and writing sociology. Bauman, Zygmunt Afterthought. On Writing; on writing sociology in The SAGE Handbook of Qualitative Research: 3rd Edition, edited by Norman Denzin and Yvonna Lincoln. London: Sage Publications. Back, Les Chapter 29 Reading and Writing Research in Seale, Clive (ed). Researching Society and Culture. London: SAGE.

6 Murray, Rowena, and Sarah Moore Chapter 1: Defining and understanding academic writing pp3-20 in The Handbook of Academic Writing: A Fresh Approach. Maidenhead: Open University Press. Seminar Reading: Levin, Peter Part Four: Writing essays pp in Write Great Essays! Maidenhead, Berkshire: OUP Class 11. Dead White European Men? The limitations of classical sociology Lemert, Charles Social Theory: The Multicultural and Classic. 2nd ed. Boulder, Colo.; Oxford: Westview. from WEB DuBois, Charlotte Perkins Gilman and Anna Julia Cooper p Bauman, Zygmunt Legislators and Interpreters. Cambridge: Polity. Chapter 8: The fall of the legislator Lengermann, Patricia, and Jill Niebrugge-Brantley Classical Feminist Social Theory. In Handbook of Social Theory, edited by G. Ritzer and B. Smart. London: SAGE. Said, Edward Imaginative Geography and its Representations: Orientalizing the Oriental in Essed, Philomena, and David Theo Goldberg Race Critical Theories. Malden, Mass.; Oxford: Blackwell. Tucker, Kenneth H Classical Social Theory. Malden, Mass.; Oxford: Blackwell. Chapter 7. Du Bois and Perkins Gilman and Conclusion. Pp

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