Readings
Note: All of these are available as a bound reader at:
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Buy a copy of the book. Start your own sociological library.
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You may find that you will love to go back and read this stuff again -- 10 years from now!)
And it is better than reading less than perfect copies (my fault, by the way, not Grafikart's).
(Not to mention, you can actually read the whole book instead of just a taste).
Just as a guide, I have pasted in the cost of a new edition of the book as listed on Amazon as of today (10/2/09)
In most cases you can also buy a used copy of the book through Amazon, sometimes at a considerable savings.

(I'm not endorsing Amazon, by the way, if you can find a copy in a local used bookstore, more power to you!
And you can find copies of some of these at the UCen bookstore, others I know they will happily order for you.)


Week 1

(Sept 24)

1. C. Wright Mills, 1959. The Sociological Imagination. Oxford University Press. Chp. 1, "The Promise." p. 3-13. ($13.59).

 

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Week 2

(Sept 29, Oct 1)

1. Anthony Giddens. 1987. "What do sociologists do?" chp. 1. p. 1-21. in Social Theory and Modern Sociology, Stanford University Press. ($36.95).

 

Week 3

(Oct 6, 8)

1. Peter Berger and Brigitte Berger. 1975. "What is an Institution? The Case of Language." Sociology. (couldn't find this one).

2. Alessandro Duranti. 1997. "Linguistic Diversity." (pp. 51-62) in Linguistic Anthropology. Cambridge University Press. ($28.02).

3. George Herbert Mead. 1934. "The I and the me." Pp. 173-178 in Mind, Self, and Society. Univ. of Chicago Press. ($13.94).

4. Erving Goffman, 1971. "Territories of the Self." pp. 28-41 in Relations in Public. Harper. ($10-30? Goffman wrote a number of books and they're all worth reading).

 

 

Week 4

(Oct 13, 15)

1. Lerner, G. H., Zimmerman, D.H., and Kidwell, M. (2009). "Formal  Structures of Practical Tasks: A Resource for Action in the Social Life of Very Young Children". In C. Goodwin, C. LeBaron & J. Streeck (eds.) Multimodality and human activity: Research on human behavior, action, and communication.  Cambridge University Press. (Journal publication).

2. Roger Friedland. 2009. "The Endless Fields of Pierre Bourdieu." Organization Vol. 16(6): 1-31. (Journal publication).

NOTE: Since these are two of the hardest readings for the quarter I wrote to Dr. Lerner and Dr. Friedland and asked them if they had any suggestions for how to read their papers:

Dr. Lerner writes. "Because of the organization of the paper there really is no special sections to focus on - as it is temporally organized. Methodologically, I suppose the section on 'placing the plate' is especially important."

Dr. Friedland writes. " I have not written the simple version. I think if you assign the Bourdieu essay, have them read the first part, the part where Bourdieu talks about love as power, and then have them read the part starting with institutional logics to the end." This means focus on pp. 8-11 and pp. 18-26.

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Week 5

(Oct 20, 22)

1. Michel Foucault. 1977. The History of Sexuality (Introduction-excerpt). ($9.80).

2. Michel Foucault. 1977. The History of Sexuality (chp. 1). (see above).

3. Anthony Giddens. 1992. The Transformation of Intimacy: Sexuality, Love and Eroticism in Modern Socities. (chp. 2) "Foucault on Sexuality." ($19.46).

Week 6

(Oct 27, 29)

1. Claude Fischer, Michael Hout, Martin Sanchez Jankowski, Samuel Lucas, Ann Swidler and Kim Voss, . 1996. "Why Inequality?" pp. 3-24 in Inequality by Design: Cracking the Bell Curve Myth. Princeton: Princeton University Press. ($25.68).

2. Jonathan Kozol. 1991. Savage Inequalities: Children in America's Schools. NY: Harper. (excerpt). ($10.76).

3. Jay MacLeod. 1987. "The Influence of the Family." Pp. 49-59 in Ain't No Makin' It: Leveled Aspirations in a Low-Income Neighborhood. Westview Press. ($32.60).

 

 

 

Week 7

(Nov 3, 5)

1. Melvin L. Oliver & Thomas M. Shapiro. 2007 (1995). Black Wealth/White Wealth: A New Perspective on Racial Inequality. Routledge.
Chp. 2. A Sociology of Wealth and Racial Inequality. Pp. 35-54. ($28.30).

2. Melvin L. Oliver & Thomas M. Shapiro. 2007 (1995). Black Wealth/White Wealth: A New Perspective on Racial Inequality. Routledge.
Chp. 8. Wealth Inequality Trends. Pp. 201-227. (see above).

Footnotes - for Oliver & Shapiro chp. 2 & 8.

 

Week 8

(Nov 10, 12)

1. Michael Omi and Howard Winant. 1986. Racial Formation in the United States: From the 1960's to the 1980's. Routledge.
Chp. 4. "Racial Formation." Pp. 57-69. ($31.32).

 

Week 9

(Nov 17, 19)

1. Margaret Mead. 1935. Excerpts from Sex and Temperament in Three Primitive Societies. p. 467-471. ($10.55).

2. Judith Lorber. 1993. "Night to his Day: The Social Construction of Gender." Paradoxes of Gender. Yale University Press. ($20.25).

 

Week 10

(Nov 24)

1. Claude Fischer, Michael Hout, Martin Sanchez Jankowski, Samuel Lucas, Ann Swidler and Kim Voss. 1996. "The Rewards of the Game: Systems of Inequality" pp. 102-128 in Inequality by Design: Cracking the Bell Curve Myth. Princeton: Princeton University Press. (see above).

2. Barbara Ehrenreich. 2001. "Evaluation." pp. 193-221 in Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America. Henry Holt & Co. ($10.08).

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Week 11

(Dec 1, 3)

1. Charles Tilly. 1999. "From Interactions to Outcomes in Social Movements." Pp. 253-270 in How Social Movements Matter. Universityof Minnesotta Press. ($23.50).

Re-Read # 1. C. Wright Mills, 1959. The Sociological Imagination. Oxford University Press. Chp. 1, "The Promise." p. 3-13. (see above).

Re-Read #2. Anthony Giddens. 1987. "What do sociologists do?" chp. 1. p. 1-21. in Social Theory and Modern Sociology, Stanford University Press. (see above).

Supplementary Reading: Marshall Sahlins. 2009. The Teach-ins: Anti-War Protests in the Old Stoned Age. Anthropology Today. Vol. 25(1):3-5.

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