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The sociology book

Author: Christopher ThorpeChris YuillMitchell HobbsMegan ToddSarah TomleyAll authors
Publisher: New York, New York : DK Publishing, 2015. ©2015
Series: Big ideas simply explained.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First American editionView all editions and formats
Profiles the world's most renowned sociologists and more than 100 of their biggest ideas, including issues of equality, diversity, identity, and human rights; the effects of globalization; the role of institutions; and the rise of urban living in modern society.
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Christopher Thorpe; Chris Yuill; Mitchell Hobbs; Megan Todd; Sarah Tomley; Marcus Weeks
ISBN: 9781465436504 1465436502
OCLC Number: 891617497
Notes: Includes index.
Description: 352 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm.
Contents: Foundations of sociology : A physical defeat has never marked the end of a nation / Ibn Khaldun --
Mankind have always wandered or settled, agreed or quarreled, in troops and companies / Adam Ferguson --
Science can be used to build a better world / Auguste Comte --
The Declaration of Independence bears no relation to half the human race / Harriet Martineau --
The fall of the bourgeoisie and the victory of the proletariat are equally inevitable / Karl Marx --
Gemeinschaft and Gesellschaft / Ferdinand Tönnies --
Society, like the human body, has interrelated parts, needs, and functions / Émile Durkheim --
The iron cage of rationality / Max Weber --
Many personal troubles must be understood in terms of public issues / Charles Wright Mills --
Pay to the most commonplace activities the attention accorded extraordinary events / Harold Garfinkel --
Where there is power there is resistance / Michel Foucault --
Gender is a kind of imitation for which there is no original / Judith Butler --
Social inequalities : I broadly accuse the bourgeoisie of social murder / Friedrich Engels --
The problem of the 20th century is the problem of the color line / W.E.B. DuBois --
The poor are excluded from the ordinary living patterns, customs, and activities of life / Peter Townsend --
There ain't no black in the Union Jack / Paul Gilroy --
A sense of one's place / Pierre Bourdieu --
The Orient is the stage on which the whole East is confined / Edward Said --
The ghetto is where the black people live / Elijah Anderson --
The tools of freedom become the sources of indignity / Richard Sennett --
Men's interest in patriarchy is condensed in hegemonic masculinity / R.W. Connell --
White women have been complicit in this imperialist, white-supremacist capitalist patriarchy / bell hooks --
The concept of "patriarch" is indispensable for an analysis of gender inequality / Sylvia Walby --
Modern living : Strangers are not really conceived as individuals, but as strangers of a particular type / Georg Simmel --
The freedom to remake our cities and ourselves / Henri Lefebvre --
There must be eyes on the street / Jane Jacobs --
Only communication can communicate / Niklas Luhmann --
Society should articulate what is good / Amitai Etzioni --
McDonaldization affects virtually every aspect of society / George Ritzer --
The bonds of our communities have withered / Robert D. Putnam --
Disneyization replaces mundane blandness with spectacular experiences / Alan Bryman --
Living in a loft is like living in a showcase / Sharon Zukin --
Living in a global world : Abandon all hope of totality, you who enter the world of fluid modernity / Zygmunt Bauman --
The modern world-system / Immanuel Wallerstein --
Global issues, local perspective / Roland Robertson --
Climate change is a back-of-the-mind issue / Anthony Gidens --
No social justice without global cognitive justice / Boaventura de Sousa Santos --
The unleashing of productive capacity by the power of the mind / Manuel Castells --
We are living in a world that is beyond controllability / Ulrich Beck --
It sometimes seems as if the whole world is on the move / John Urry --
Nations can be imagined and constructed with relatively little historical straw / David McCrone --
Global cities are strategic sites for new types of operations / Saskia Sassen --
Different societies appropriate the materials of modernity differently / Arjun Appadurai --
Processes of change have altered the relations between peoples and communities / David Held. Culture and identity : The "I" and the "me" / G.H. Mead --
The challenge of modernity is to live without illusions and without becoming disillusioned / Antonio Gramsci --
The civilizing process is constantly moving "forward" / Norbert Elias --
Mass culture reinforces political repression / Herbert Marcuse --
The danger of the future is that men may become robots / Erich Fromm --
Culture is ordinary / Raymond Williams --
Stigma refers to an attribute that is deeply discrediting / Erving Goffman --
We live in a world where there is more and more information, and less and less meaning / Jean Baudrillard --
Modern identities are being decentered / Stuart Hall --
All communities are imagined / Benedict Anderson --
Throughout the world, culture has been doggedly pushing itself center stage / Jeffrey Alexander --
Work and consumerism : Conspicuous consumption of valuable goods is a means of reputability to the gentleman of leisure / Thorstein Veblen --
The Puritan wanted to work in a calling: we are forced to do so / Max Weber --
Technology, like art, is a soaring exercise of the human imagination / Daniel Bell --
The more sophisticated machines become, the less skill the worker has / Harry Braverman --
Automation increases the worker's control over his work process / Robert Blauner --
The Romantic ethic promotes the spirit of consumerism / Colin Campbell --
In processing people, the product is a state of mind / Arlie Russell Hochschild --
Spontaneous consent combines with coercion / Michael Burawoy --
Things make us just as much as we make things / Daniel Miller --
Feminization has had only a modest impact on reducing gender inequalities / Teri Lynn Caraway --
The role of institutions : Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature / Karl Marx --
The iron law of oligarchy / Robert Michels --
Healthy people need no bureaucracy to mate, give birth, and die / Ivan Illich --
Some commit crimes because they are responding to a social situation / Robert K. Merton --
Total institutions strip people of their support systems and their sense of self / Erving Goffman --
Government is the right disposition of things / Michel Foucault --
Religion has lost its plausibility and social significance / Bryan Wilson --
Our identity and behavior are determined by how we are described and classified / Howard S. Becker --
Economic crisis is immediately transformed into social crisis / Jürgen Habermas --
Schooling has been at once something done to the poor and for the poor / Samuel Bowles and Herbert Gintis --
Societies are subject, every now and then, to periods of moral panic / Stanley Cohen --
The time of the tribes / Michel Maffesoli --
How working-class kids get working-class jobs / Paul Willis --
Families and intimacies : Differences between the sexes are cultural creations / Margaret Mead --
Families are factories that produce human personalities / Talcott Parsons --
Western man has become a confessing animal / Michel Foucault --
Heterosexuality must be recognized and studied as an institution / Adrienne Rich --
Western family arrangements are diverse, fluid, and unresolved / Judith Stacey --
The marriage contract is a work contract / Christine Delphy --
Housework is directly opposed to self-actualization / Ann Oakley --
When love finally wins it has to face all kinds of defeat / Ulrich Beck and Elisabeth Beck-Gernsheim --
Sexuality is as much about beliefs and ideologies as about the physical body / Jeffrey Weeks --
Queer theory questions the very grounds of identity / Steven Seidman --
Series Title: Big ideas simply explained.
Responsibility: [contributors, Christopher Thorpe, consultant editor, Chris Yuill, consultant editor ; Mitchell Hobbs, Megan Todd, Sarah Tomley, Marcus Weeks].


Profiles the world's most renowned sociologists and more than 100 of their biggest ideas, including issues of equality, diversity, identity, and human rights; the effects of globalization; the role of institutions; and the rise of urban living in modern society.
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