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Updating Charles H. Cooley

Contemporary Perspectives on a Sociological Classic, 1st Edition

Edited by Natalia Ruiz-Junco, Baptiste Brossard


230 pages

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This book explores the contemporary relevance of Charles H. Cooley’s thought, bringing together scholars from the US, Europe and Australia to reflect on Cooley’s theory and legacy. Offering an up-to-date analysis of Cooley’s reception in the history of the social sciences, an examination of epistemological and methodological advances on his work, critical assessments and novel articulations of his major ideas, and a consideration of new directions in scholarship that draws on Cooley’s thought, Updating Charles H. Cooley will appeal to sociologists with interests in social theory, interactionism, the history of sociology, social psychology, and the sociology of emotions.

Table of Contents

Notes on the Contributors

Introduction (Natalia Ruiz-Junco and Baptiste Brossard)

1. Cooley and the Sociological Canon: An Enigmatic Case (Natalia Ruiz-Junco and Baptiste Brossard)

2. Lost in Vicissitudes of Greatness and Decline: Charles Horton Cooley’s Unique Contribution to Sociology (Vessela Misheva)

3. Cooley in Philip Rieff’s Theory of Culture (Jonathan B. Imber)

4. Cooley’s Social Theory of Reading and Writing (Daniel R. Huebner)

5. Looking Glass Selves: the Cooley/Goffman Conjecture (Thomas J. Scheff)

6. Bringing Self-Values Back In: From Reflected Appraisal to Appraised Appraisal (Shanyang Zhao)

7. Cooley and the Human Consciousness: A Contemporary Understanding (Klaus G. Witz)

8. The Dilemmas of Social Representation Theory: How Cooley’s Sociology Provides a Game Plan for Their Resolution (Glenn Jacobs)

9. Conclusion: Contemporary Perspectives on a Sociological Classic (Natalia Ruiz-Junco and Baptiste Brossard)

Postface: Charles Horton Cooley and the Choice of Predecessor Selection (Gary Alan Fine)


About the Editors

Natalia Ruiz-Junco is Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work at Auburn University, USA. Her research interests are in social theory, social psychology, sociology of emotions, and qualitative methods. She has published work in Sociology Compass, Symbolic Interaction and The Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, among other outlets.

Baptiste Brossard is Lecturer in the School of Sociology at The Australian National University, Australia. His research interests are in mental health, sociological theory and qualitative methods. He is the first translator of Cooley into French, and author of Why Do We Hurt Ourselves? Understanding Self-Harm in Social Life (2018).

About the Series

Classical and Contemporary Social Theory

Classical and Contemporary Social Theory
Classical and Contemporary Social Theory publishes rigorous scholarly work that re-discovers the relevance of social theory for contemporary times, demonstrating the enduring importance of theory for modern social issues. The series covers social theory in a broad sense, inviting contributions on both 'classical' and modern theory, thus encompassing sociology, without being confined to a single discipline. As such, work from across the social sciences is welcome, provided that volumes address the social context of particular issues, subjects, or figures and offer new understandings of social reality and the contribution of a theorist or school to our understanding of it. The series considers significant new appraisals of established thinkers or schools, comparative works or contributions that discuss a particular social issue or phenomenon in relation to the work of specific theorists or theoretical approaches. Contributions are welcome that assess broad strands of thought within certain schools or across the work of a number of thinkers, but always with an eye toward contributing to contemporary understandings of social issues and contexts.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General