The sixth edition of Peter Kivisto's popular anthology, Illuminating Social Life, continues to demonstrate to students how social theories can help them make sense of the swirling events and perplexing phenomena that they encounter in their daily lives.
A perfect complement for sociological theory courses, this updated edition includes 13 original essays by leading scholars in the field that help students better understand and appreciate the relevance of social theory. Once again, Peter Kivisto's collection illuminates the connection between sociological theory and the realities that students are faced with every day, from the Internet, alcohol use, and body building to shopping malls, the working world, and fast-food restaurants.
Peter Kivisto is Richard A. Swanson Professor of Social Thought and Chair of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Welfare at Augustana College and Finland Distinguished Professor at the University of Turku. His current research involves a collaborative project on multiculturalism with colleagues in Finland. His interests include immigration, social integration, citizenship, and religion. Among his recent books are Key Ideas in Sociology (2011), Illuminating Social Life (2011); Beyond a Border: The Causes and Consequences of Contemporary Immigration (2010, with Thomas Faist); Citizenship: Discourse, Theory and Transnational Prospects (2007, with Thomas Faist); and Intersecting Inequalities (2007, with Elizabeth Hartung). He serves on the editorial boards of Contexts, Ethnic and Racial Studies, Journal of Intercultural Studies, and on the Publication Committee for Sociology of Religion.
CLASSICAL SOCIOLOGICAL THEORY Introduction - Peter Kivisto Celebratory Capitalism and the Commodification of Information - Stephen Adair The Weberian Theory of Rationalization and the McDonaldization of Contemporary Society - George Ritzer Surfing the Net for Community: A Durkheimian Analysis of Electronic Gatherings - Anne M. Hornsby Alcohol-Related Windows on Simmel's Social World - William J. Staudenmeier, Jr. CONTEMPORARY THEORIES AND THEIR CONNECTIONS TO THE CLASSICS Introduction - Peter Kivisto Cultural Sociology and the Meaning of Music - Scott Appelrouth Why Do African Americans Pay More for New Cars? A Structural Explanation - Christopher Prendergast Critical Theory, Legitimation Crisis, and the Deindustrialization of Flint, Michigan - Steven P. Dandaneau Race-Based Critical Theory and the "Happy Talk" of Diversity in America - Douglas Hartmann and Joyce M. Bell The Socially Constructed Body: Insights From Feminist Theory - Judith Lorber and Patricia Yancey Martin Organizing Door-to-Door Sales: A Symbolic Interactionist Analysis - David Schweingruber and Nancy Berns Goffman's Dramaturgical Sociology: Personal Sales and Service in a Commodified World - Peter Kivisto and Dan Pittman Contrasts of Carnival: Mardi Gras Between the Modern and the Postmodern - Kevin Fox Gotham Negotiating the Social Landscape to Create Social Change - Anne F. Eisenberg Globalization Theory and Religious Fundamentalism - William H. Swatos, Jr.