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G.H. Mead
A Reader

ISBN 9780415556255
Published July 14, 2011 by Routledge
368 Pages

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Book Description

This book introduces social scientists to the ideas of George Herbert Mead (1863-1931) - one of the most original yet neglected thinkers of early twentieth century sociology.

Mead is an exceptional case amongst sociological classics in that, until now, there has been no comprehensive reader of his work. As the first one-volume, comprehensive edited collection of Mead’s published and unpublished writing, this book fills this gap. It is the first to critically assess all of Mead's writings and draw out the aspects that are central to his system of thought. The book is divided into three parts (social psychology, science and epistemology, and democratic politics), comprising a total of 30 chapters - a third of which are published here for the first time.

G.H. Mead: A Reader provides a unique and timely contribution to the understanding of this key theorist. It is essential reading for both undergraduate and postgraduate students in the fields of sociology, social psychology, philosophy of social science, social and cultural anthropology, and social and political theory.

Table of Contents

Part I – Mead on the social self  Section i. The statement of the problem  1. The Definition of the Psychical  2. Social Psychology as Counterpart to Physiological Psychology  3. On the Self and Teleological Behavior  Section ii. The "I" and the "Me" as phases of the self  4. What Social Objects Must Psychology Presuppose?  5. The Mechanism of Social Consciousness  6. The Social Self   Section iii. The self and the social order  7. A Behavioristic Account of the Significant Symbol  8. The Genesis of the Self and Social Control  9. On the state and social control  10. Cooley's Contribution to American Social Thought  Part II – Mead on science and epistemology  Section i. The statement of the problem  11. Suggestions Toward a Theory of the Philosophical Disciplines  12. On Darwin’s Theory of Evolution  13. The Nature of Scientific Knowledge  Section ii. History and philosophy of science  14. The origins of Greek philosophy  15. The dualism of representational consciousness and a mechanical world  16. A Pragmatic Theory of Truth  Section iii. Science applied  17. Science in social practice  18. On social consciousness and social science  Section iv. Time and social order  19. The Objective Reality of Perspectives  20. The Nature of the Past  Part III – Mead, a radical democrat  Section i. Moral and political philosophy  21. The Philosophical Basis of Ethics  2. Natural Rights and the Theory of the Political Institution  23. Scientific Method and the Moral Sciences  Section ii. Crime, social reform and labour relations  24. On the Role of Social Settlements 25. Social Bearings of Industrial Education  26. The Psychology of Punitive Justice  Section iii. War, national identity and citizenship  27. The Psychological Basis of Internationalism  28. On Nationalism, Industrial Rights, and Social Conflict  29. How Can a Sense of Citizenship Be Secured?  30. National-Mindedness and International-Mindedness

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Filipe Carreira da Silva is a Research Fellow at the Institute of Social Sciences at the University of Lisbon, Portugal, and Senior Member of Wolfson College, University of Cambridge, UK. He is the author of Mead and Modernity: Science, Selfhood and Democratic Politics (2010 Distinguished Scholarly Publication Award, Section on the History of Sociology, American Sociological Association).