Self, Social Structure, and Beliefs: Explorations in Sociology

Self, Social Structure, and Beliefs: Explorations in Sociology

By: Gary T. Marx (editor), Christine L. Williams (editor), Jeffrey C. Alexander (editor)Paperback

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Teacher, scholar, and leader, Neil Smelser stands as an iconic figure in sociology in the second half of the twentieth century. The essays in this volume, written by prominent scholars from all walks of the social sciences, reveal the range and depth of Smelser's influence--and his substantial contributions to diverse fields such as British history, social change, collective behavior, higher education, the economy, and psychoanalysis. Contributors: Jeffrey C. Alexander, Nancy J. Chodorow, Burton R. Clark, Yiannis Gabriel, Arlie Russell Hochschild, James M. Jasper, Christian Joppke, Alberto Martinelli, Gary T. Marx, Lyn Spillman, Piotr Sztompka, R. Stephen Warner, Christine L. Williams, Robert Wuthnow, Viviana A. Zelizer

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Jeffrey C. Alexander is Professor and Chair of Sociology at Yale University and the author most recently of The Meanings of Social Life: A Cultural Sociology. Gary T. Marx is Professor Emeritus at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and is the author of Undercover: Police Surveillance in America, among other works. Christine L. Williams is Professor of Sociology at the University of Texas, Austin, and author of Gender Differences at Work and Still a Man's World.


1. Mastering Ambivalence: Neil Smelser as a Sociologist of Synthesis Jeffrey C. Alexander, Gary T. Marx, and Christine L. Williams PART I: SELF Introduction: Christine L. Williams 2. The Sociological Eye and the Psychoanalytic Ear: Nancy J. Chodorow 3. The Commodity Frontier: Arlie Russell Hochschild 4. The Glass Cage: Flexible Work, Fragmented Consumption, Fragile Selves Yiannis Gabriel PART II: SOCIAL STRUCTURE Introduction: Gary T. Marx 5. Rational Choice and Sociology: Alberto Martinelli 6. Enlisting Smelser's Theory of Ambivalence to Maintain Progress in Sociology of Religion's New Paradigm: R. Stephen Warner 7. Circuits of Commerce: Viviana A. Zelizer 8. Trust as an Aspect of Social Structure: Robert Wuthnow 9. The Organizational Foundations of University Capability: Differentiation and Competition in the Academic Sector of Society Burton R. Clark PART III: BELIEFS Introduction: Jeffrey C. Alexander 10. Primordial Beliefs and Immigration Policy: The Case of Britain's Patrials Christian Joppke 11. Causal Reasoning, Historical Logic, and Sociological Explanation: Lyn Spillman 12. Intellectual Cycles of Social Movement Research: From Psychoanalysis to Culture? James M. Jasper 13. Shaping Sociological Imagination: The Importance of Theory Piotr Sztompka List of Contributors Index

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  • ISBN13: 9780520241374
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 286
  • ID: 9780520241374
  • weight: 408
  • ISBN10: 0520241371

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