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2nd Edition

Social Theory Re-Wired
New Connections to Classical and Contemporary Perspectives

ISBN 9781138015807
Published April 18, 2016 by Routledge
566 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This social theory text combines the structure of a print reader with the ability to tailor the course via an extensive interactive website. Readings from important classical and contemporary theorists are placed in conversation with one another through core themes—the puzzle of social order, the dark side of modernity, identity, etc. The website includes videos, interactive commentaries, summaries of key concepts, exams and quizzes, annotated selections from key readings, classroom activities, and more. See the website at

New to the second edition:

  • Expanded web content.
  • Teacher/student feedback employed to clarify difficult concepts.
  • Reframed contemporary section now offers readings by Robert Merton, Bruno Latour, David Harvey, Zygmut Bauman, and Anthony Giddens.

Table of Contents



Introductory Essay: This Deserted Island is Out of Order

Classical Connections: Emile Durkheim

1. Emile Durkheim, The Rules of Sociological Method

2. Emile Durkheim, The Division of Labor in Society

3. Emile Durkheim, Suicide

4. Emile Durkheim, Elementary Forms of Religious Life

Contemporary Extensions: Social Order Re-Wired

5. Robert Merton, Manifest and Latent Functions

6. Harold Garfinkel, Studies in Ethnomethodology

7. Bruno Latour, Mixing Humans and nonhuman Together: The Sociology of a Door-Closer

8. Peter Berger and Thomas Luckmann, The Social Construction of Reality


II. NETWORKS OF CAPITAL: Dimensions of Global Capitalism

Introductory Essay: Salvaging What Wall Street Left Behind

Classical Connections: Karl Marx

9. Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, The German Ideology

10. Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, Manifesto of the Communist Party

11. Karl Marx, Capital

12. Karl Marx, Economic and Philosophic Manuscripts of 1844

Contemporary Extensions: Capital Re-Wired

13. Immanuel Wallerstein, The Rise and Future Demise of the World Capitalist System

14. Manuel Castells, Materials for an Exploratory Theory of the Network Society

15. Pierre Bourdieu, The Forms of Capital

16. Pierre Bourdieu, Distinction

17. David Harvey, Capitalism: The Factory of Fragmentation

III. PATHWAY TO MELTDOWN: Theorizing the Dark Side of Modernity

Introductory Essay: Your Smart Phone Might Be an Evil Genius

Classical Connections: Max Weber

18. Max Weber, The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism

19. Max Weber, Basic Sociological Terms

20. Max Weber, The Types of Legitimate Domination

21. Max Weber, Bureaucracy

22. Max Weber, Class, Status, Party

Contemporary Extensions: The Rational Society Re-Wired

23. Herbert Marcuse, One–Dimensional Man

24. Jurgen Habermas, Toward a Rational Society

25. Michel Foucault, Discipline and Punish

26. Zygmunt Bauman, Modernity and the Holocaust


IV. SHIFTING THE PARADIGM: Excluded Voices, Alternative Knowledges

Introductory Essay: Webs Of Knowledge in the Digital Divide

Classical Connections: W.E.B. DuBois and Simone de Beauvoir

27. W.E.B. Du Bois, The Souls of Black Folk

28. Simone de Beauvoir, The Second Sex

Contemporary Extensions: Paradigms Re-Wired

29. Michael Omi and Howard Winant, Racial Formation in the United States

30. Frantz Fanon, Black Skin, White Masks

31. Edward Said, Orientalism

32. Dorothy Smith, The Conceptual Practices of Power

33. Patricia Hill Collins, Black Feminist Thought


V. RISE OF THE AVATAR: Connecting Self and Society

Introductory Essay: Through the Looking-Glass of Facebook

Classical Connections: George Herbert Mead and Georg Simmel

34. George Herbert Mead, Self

35. Georg Simmel, The Metropolis and Mental Life

36. Georg Simmel, The Stranger

Contemporary Extensions: Identity Re-Wired

37. Erving Goffman, The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life

38. Michel Foucault, The History of Sexuality

39. Judith Butler, Gender Trouble

40. Anthony Giddens, Modernity and Self-Identity

Glossary Index

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Wesley Longhofer is Assistant Professor of Organization and Management at Emory University.

Daniel Winchester is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Purdue University.