Critical Sociology is a thoroughly revised, updated, and sophisticated introduction to the sociological perspective as a critical lens on society. Much has happened since the first edition: the Great Recession, the Obama presidency, the burgeoning role of social media, and recent global social movements such the Tea Party, Occupy Wall Street, and the Arab Spring. In this second edition, Buechler discusses the changing relationship between social movements and democracy. The book contains chapters on how to think sociologically; an overview of scientific, humanistic, and critical schools of sociology; and a detailed exposition of the critical tradition.
Steven M. Buechler is Professor of Sociology at Minnesota State University, Mankato. His recent books include the critically acclaimed Understanding Social Movements: Theories from the Classical Era to the Present (Paradigm 2011).
PART ONE: SOCIOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVES 1 How to Think Sociologically 2 The Legacy of the Discipline 3 Toward a Critical Sociology PART TWO: POWER AND DOMINATION 4 A Late Capitalist World 5 The State of the State 6 A Mass-Mediated World PART THREE: INEQUALITY AND DIFFERENCE 7 The Crucible of Class 8 The Social Construction of Race 9 Gendered Selves and Worlds PART FOUR: SELF AND SOCIETY 10 The Emergence of the Individual 11 How We Become Who We Are 12 The Sociology of Everyday Life PART FIVE: PATTERNS OF CHANGE 13 The Challenge of Globalization 14 The Role of Social Movements 15 The Case for Democracy