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Draft of Theory List (June 2011)

Classical Theory

Adam Smith, The Theory of the Moral Sentiments (part 1)
Adam Smith, The Wealth of Nations (selections)
Auguste Comte, System of Positive Philosophy (pp. 1-35)
Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America (selections)
Karl Marx and Freidrich Engels, The German Ideology
Karl Marx and Freidrich Engels, The Communist Manifesto
Karl Marx, “The 18th Brumaire of Louis Napoleon,”
Karl Marx, Capital (selections)
Herbert Spencer, Principles of Sociology (part II and other selections)
Herbert Spencer, Descriptive Sociology (selections)
Georg Simmel, The Philosophy of Money
Georg Simmel, Conflict and the Web of Group Affiliations
Georg Simmel, The Sociology of Georg Simmel (ed. Kurt Wolff)(selections)
Emile Durkheim, The Division of Labor in Society
Emile Durkheim, Suicide
Emile Durkheim, The Rules of the Sociological Method
Emile Durkheim, The Elementary Forms of Religious Life
Max Weber, The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism
Max Weber, The Methodology of the Social Sciences
Max Weber, From Max Weber
Max Weber, Economy and   Society (selections)
Robert Michels, Political Parties
Vilfredo Pareto, Mind and Society (selections)
George Herbert Mead, Mind, Self, and Society
George Herbert Mead, The Philosophy of the Act (part one)
Robert E. Park, Human Communities (selections)
Sigmund Freud, Civilization and Its Discontents
Alfred Schutz, The Phenomenology of Social Life
Karl Mannheim, Ideology and Utopia

Background:
Lewis Coser, Masters of Sociological Thought
Robert Nisbet, The Sociological Tradition
Jonathan H. Turner et al., The Emergence of Sociological Theory

Contemporary Theory

Talcott Parsons, The Social System (selections)
Talcott Parsons and Neil J. Smelser, Economy and Society
Talcott Parsons and Edward A. Shils, Working Papers in the Theory of Action
Robert K. Merton, Social Structure and Social Theory (selections)
Siegfried Nadel, The Theory of Social Structure
Ralf Dahrendorf, “Toward a Theory of Social Conflict”
Lewis Coser, The Functions of Social Conflict
Karl Polanyi, The Great Transformation
George Homans, Social Behavior: Its Elementary Forms
Erving Goffman, Interaction Rituals
Erving Goffman, The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life
Richard Emerson, “Power-Dependence Relations”
Peter Berger and Thomas Luckmann, The Social Construction of Reality
Herbert Blumer, Symbolic Interactionism
Harold Garfinkel, Studies in Ethnomethodology
Walter Buckley, Modern Systems Research for the Behavioral Scientist
James March and Herbert Simon, Organizations (selections)
Peter Blau, Exchange and Power in Social Life
Peter Blau, Inequality and Heterogeneity
Gerhard Lenski, Power and Privilege
Gerhard Lenski, Ecological-Evolutionary Theory
Barrington Moore, The Social Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy
Perry Anderson, Conversations in Western Marxism
Rae Lesser Blumberg, “A General Theory of Gender Stratification”
Immanuel Wallerstein, The Modern World System, vol. 1 (selections)
Randall Collins, Conflict Sociology
Randall Collins, Weberian Sociological Theory
Randall Collins, Interaction Ritual Chains
Jonathan H. Turner, A Theory of Social Stratification
Jonathan H. Turner, Face-to-Face
Jonathan H. Turner, Macro-Dynamics
Jonathan H. Turner and Alexandra Maryanski, The Social Cage
Donald Black, The Behavior of Law
Pierre Bourdieu, Outline of a Theory of Practice
Pierre Bourdieu, Distinction
Clifford Geertz, The Interpretation of Cultures (selections)
Theda Skocpol, States and Social Revolutions
Michael Mann, The Sources of Social Power, vols. 1 and 2
Sheldon Stryker, Symbolic Interactionism
Thomas Kuhn, The Structure of Scientific Revolutions
Jurgen Habermas, A Theory of Communicative Action (selections)
Michel Foucault, Discipline and Punish
Niklas Luhmann, The Differentiation of Society
Anthony Giddens, The Constitution of Society
Ernest Gellner, Nations and Nationalism
Amos Hawley, Human Ecology: A Theoretical Essay
Glenn Carroll, Ecological Models of Organizations
Michael Hechter, Principles of Group Solidarity
James S. Coleman, Foundations of Social Theory (selections)
Peter Burke and Jan Stets, Identity Theory
Peter Burke, Contemporary Social Psychological Theories
George McCall and J.L. Simmons, Identities and Interactions
Robert Hanneman, Computer Assisted Theory-Building:  Modeling Dynamic SocialSystems (chaps. 1, 6-12)
Christopher Chase-Dunn and Thomas Hall, Rise and Demise of the Modern World System
Erik Olin Wright, Class Counts
Arlie Russell Hochschild, “The Sociology of Emotions”
Joshua Epstein and Robert Axtell, Growing Artificial Societies
William H. Sewell, Jr. “A Theory of Structure”
Saskia Sassen, Global Cities (selections)
Steven Brint, “Gemeinschaft Revisited”
Charles Tilly, Durable Inequality
Charles Tilly and Chris Tilly, “Capitalism and Labor Markets”
Paul J. DiMaggio, “Culture and Cognition”
Howard Winant, “Race and Race Formation Theory”
David Harvey, The Postmodern Condition
Manuel Castells, The Network Society

Background:
Randall Collins, Theoretical Sociology
Arthur Stinchcombe, Constructing Sociological Theories
Jonathan H. Turner, The Structure of Sociological Theory, 5th ed.
Bernard P. Cohen, Developing Sociological Knowledge
Thomas J. Fararo, The meaning of general theoretical sociology: Tradition and formalization
Kent A. McClelland and Thomas J. Fararo, Purpose, meaning, and action: Control systems theories in sociology

 

Areas of Reading

Founders:  Essential: August Comte, Herbert Spencer, Karl Marx, Max Weber, Georg Simmel, Alfred Schutz, George Herbert Mead.  Less critical: Vilfredo Pareto, William Graham Sumner, Lester Ward, W.E.B. Dubois, Robert Parks, Franklin Giddings

Theoretical Traditions:

Functional theories: Comte, Spencer, Durkheim, Parsons, Luhmann, Merton, Malinowski, Radcliffe-Brown, J. H. Turner

Ecological theories: Chicago School, Urban ecology (Hawley, Frisbie, Kasarda), Organizational ecology (Hannan and Freeman, Carrol) , Macro-ecological (Hawley, Lenski, and Turner), Selectionist (Runciman, Turner)

Evolutionary theories: Stage models (Spencer, Durkheim, Parsons, Lenski, Lenski and Nolan, World-system models (Wallerstein, Arrighi, Chase-Dunn), sociobiology (Lopreato, Van den Berghe), evolutionary psychology (Cosmides, Tooby, Hopcroft)

Conflict theories: Analytical (Marx, Weber, Simmel, Coser, Dahrendorf, Collins, E.O. Wright, Turner, world-system theories (Wallerstein, Arrighi, Chase-Dunn, Historical-comparative (Tilly, Skocpol, Goldstone, Wallerstein, B. Moore), Analytical on gender (Chafetz, Blumberg)

Exchange theories: Behaviorist-origins (Homans, Emerson, Cook, Lawler), Utilitarian/rational choice-origins (Hechter, Coleman, M. Olsen), Power (Blau, Emerson)

Symbolic-interactionist theories: General statements (Blumer, Identity theories (Burke and Stets, Stryker, McCall and Simons), Emotion theories (Scheff, Turner, Heise and Smith-Lovin), Role theories (R. Turner, J. Turner)

Dramaturgical theories: Goffman, Collins, Hochschild

Phenomenological theories: Schutz, ethnomethodology (Garfinkel, Sachs, Zimmerman, Shegloff)

Status theories: expectation states (Berger, Zelditch, Ridgeway, Milner)

Structural theories: Structuralist (Durkheim, Levi Strauss), network (Nadel, Grannovetter, Mardsen, Burt, White), structuration (Giddens), Macrostructural (Blau, Turner)

Cultural theories: American (Wm. Sewell, R. Wuthnow, J.Alexander, Smith, DiMaggio, Berger and Luckmann, J. Meyer, C. Ridgeway), French (Durkheim, Bourdieu), English (M. Somers)

Critical theories: Frankfurt School, Marxist, Post-modernist, Feminist, Critical Race

Theoretical Lineages: functionalism, conflict theory, ecological theory, utilitarian theory, behaviorism, Gestalt theory, cultural structuralism, cultural theories, network analysis, world-systems theory, symbolic interactionism, phenomenology, dramaturgy, expectation states theory, theories of emotions, evolutionary theory, action theory, sociobiological theory, evolutionary psychology, Marxism, postmodernism, critical theories, selectionist theory, cultural theory, generally systems theory

General-integrative Theorists:

R. Collins
J.H. Turner
Parsons
Luhmann

General Issues in Theory:

Positivism and its critics
Critical vs. value neutral
Formalisms
Agency vs. Structure
Micro vs. micro
Grand vs. middle range
Causality
Nomothetic vs. idographic