Charles Lemert is one of the most renowned critics of social theory and theorists today. The editors of this book have offered and contextualised many of his best essays and situated them against the backdrop of American sociology. The breadth of Lemert's work doesn't stop at an academic engagement with theoretical debates such as 'globalisation' or 'postmodernism,' but cuts right to the heart of abiding social issues. His work is focused and continues to probe pressing questions such as the rise of vulnerabilities in an era of new capitalism. By weaving together personal narrative, research, lucid explanations, and a dynamic engagement with social theory of old and new, his unique prose renders accessible complex theoretical debates.
Daniel Chaffee is an Associate Lecturer and PhD student at the Department of Sociology, Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia. Sam Han is Visiting Instructor of Sociology at the College of Staten Island and PhD student in Sociology at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He is the author of Navigating Technomedia: Caught in the Web.
1. Critical Introduction Daniel Chaffee and Sam Han; 2. "Reading" Lemert Anthony Elliott; 3. Rethinking Social Knowledge; Suburbs and Steppenwolf; Cultural Multiplexity and Religious Polytheism; Sociological Theory and the Relativistic Paradigm; 4. Social Things; Sociology as Theories of Lost Worlds"; Durkheim's Ghosts in the Culture of Sociologies; 5. Critical Sociology; Sociology: Prometheus among the Sciences of Man"; The Uses of French Structuralism: Rethinking Vietnam"; Against capital-s Sociology"; 6. Dark Thoughts; Dreaming in the Dark, November 26, 1997; Race of Time; 7. Unlikely Social Thinkers; Unreasonable Differences: Charlotte Perkins Gilman and the Logic of the; Feminist Standpoint"; The Colored Woman's Office: Anna Julia Cooper, 1892; Celebrity, Tricks and Culture; 8. Ethics and Identity; If there is a Global WE, Might we all be Dispossessed?; Whose We? Dark Thoughts of the Universal Self, 1998; Can Worlds be Changed? Ethics and the Multicultural Dream; 9. Globalized Worlds; Dispossession and Overcoming Nostalgia; Surviving the New Individualism; 10. Intellectual Memoir: Social Theory and Contemporary Politics Charles Lemert.