Social Things introduces the sociological imagination through lively, memorable stories and interpretations. This fifth edition celebrates the book's fifteenth anniversary with important updates, an entirely new chapter that addresses the environmental challenges in our global world, and many additions that bring the history of sociology up to date.
Charles Lemert is university professor and John C. Andrus Professor of Social Theory Emeritus at Wesleyan University and senior fellow of the Center for Comparative Research at Yale University. He is the author or editor of many books, including Why Niebuhr Matters, The Structural Lie, Globalization: A Reader (edited with Anthony Elliott, Daniel Chafee, and Eric Hsu), and The New Individualism (with Anthony Elliott).
Preface to the Fifth Edition Introduction The Sociological Life Chapter 1: Imagining Social Things, Competently Chapter 2: Personal Courage and Practical Sociologies Chapter 3: Practicing the Discipline of Social Things Sociology Chapter 4: Sociology and Lost Worlds of A New World Order: 1848 - 1920 Chapter 5: Sociology Becomes a Science of Structures: 1920 - 1960 Chapter 6: Sociology Reaches Out Into the World: 1968 - 2000s Social Things Chapter 7: The Mysterious Power of Social Structures Chapter 8: The Lively Subjects of Dead Structures Chapter 9: Well-Measured Lives in a World of Differences Global Things Chapter 10: Global Methods Chapter 11: Global Things on a Fragile Planet Chapter 12: Living against the Conclusion Acknowledgments Notes Index About the Author