On Symbols and Society

Author: Kenneth Burke,Joseph R. Gusfield
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 9780226080789
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 342
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Kenneth Burke's innovative use of dramatism and dialectical method have made him a powerful critical force in an extraordinary variety of disciplines—education, philosophy, history, psychology, religion, and others. While most widely acclaimed as a literary critic, Burke has elaborated a perspective toward the study of behavior and society that holds immense significance and rich insights for sociologists. This original anthology brings together for the first time Burke's key writings on symbols and social relations to offer social scientists access to Burke's thought. In his superb introductory essay, Joseph R. Gusfield traces the development of Burke's approach to human action and its relationship to other similar sources of theory and ideas in sociology; he discusses both Burke's influence on sociologists and the limits of his perspective. Burke regards literature as a form of human behavior—and human behavior as embedded in language. His lifework represents a profound attempt to understand the implications for human behavior based on the fact that humans are "symbol-using animals." As this volume demonstrates, the work that Burke produced from the 1930s through the 1960s stands as both precursor and contemporary key to recent intellectual movements such as structuralism, symbolic anthropology, phenomenological and interpretive sociology, critical theory, and the renaissance of symbolic interaction.

Authors of Their Own Lives

Intellectual Autobiographies
Author: Bennett M. Berger
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 9780520065567
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 503
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Prominent sociologists discuss their mode of analyzing data, their writing styles, and the factors that led to their career selection

Kenneth Burke

Rhetoric and Ideology
Author: Stephen Bygrave
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134976186
Category: Philosophy
Page: 144
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Kenneth Burke: Rhetoric and Ideology is a lucid and accessible introduction to a major twentieth-century thinker those ideas have influenced fields as diverse as literary theory, philosophy, linguistics, politics and anthropology. Stephen Bygrave explores the content of Burke's vast output of work, focusing especially on his preoccupation with the relation between language, ideology and action. By considering Burke as a reader and writer of narratives and systems, Bygrave examines the inadequacies of earlier readings of Burke and unfolds his thought within current debates in Anglo-American cultural theory. This is an excellent re-evaluation of Burke's thought and valuble introduction to the impressive range of his ideas.

Emile Durkheim on Morality and Society

Author: Emile Durkheim
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 9780226173368
Category: Social Science
Page: 244
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Selections from Durkheim's writings focus on the nature of his conception of society and its moral context

Political Islam and the Arab Uprising

Islamist Politics in Changing Times
Author: Fazzur Rahman Siddiqui
Publisher: SAGE Publications India
ISBN: 9386042185
Category: Political Science
Page: 364
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Traces the changing trajectory of Arab politics through the Arab uprising Delving into the history of political Islam in the colonial period, this book shows how the idea of modernity, intense interaction, contestation and engagement between Islamist forces and the emerging democratic voices in the region have contributed to the recent Arab uprising. While investigating the role of religion in shaping the unfolding political situation in the Arab world it also discusses the future of political Islam. This is an ethnographic study encompassing the contestation between political Islam and the secular polity of the past and present, as well as the reconciliation between post-Arab spring politics and new Islamist forces in the region.

On Charisma and Institution Building

Author: Max Weber
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 9780226877242
Category: Social Science
Page: 313
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This selection from Max Weber's writings presents his variegated work from one central focus, the relationship between charisma on the one hand, and the process of institution building in the major fields of the social order such as politics, law, economy, and culture and religion on the other. That the concept of charisma is crucially important for understanding the processes of institution building is implicit in Weber's own writings, and the explication of this relationship is perhaps the most important challenge which Weber's work poses for modern sociology. Max Weber on Charisma and Institution Building is a volume in "The Heritage of Sociology," a series edited by Morris Janowitz. Other volumes deal with the writings of George Herbert Mead, William F. Ogburn, Louis Wirth, W. I. Thomas, Robert E. Park, and the Scottish Moralists—Adam Smith, David Hume, Adam Ferguson, and others.

New Models In Geography

Author: PhD Richard Peet,Professor Nigel Thrift
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317853784
Category: Science
Page: 408
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First published in 1989. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Sociological Theory

Author: Bert N. Adams,R. A. Sydie
Publisher: Pine Forge Press
ISBN: 9780761985570
Category: Social Science
Page: 612
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This concise text, covers both classical and contemporary social thought. It traces the major schools of thought over the past 150 years as they appear and reappear in different chapters and looks at important new voices in social theory. The treatment of individual theories and theorists is balanced with the development of key themes and ideas about social life.

Classical Sociological Theory

Author: Bert N. Adams,R A Sydie
Publisher: SAGE Publications
ISBN: 1452264481
Category: Social Science
Page: 384
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A concise, yet surprisingly comprehensive theory text, given the range of ideas, historical context, and theorists discussed. Unlike other books of the type, Classical Sociological Theory focuses on how the pivotal theories contributed not only to the development of the field, but also to the evolution of ideas concerning social life.

From Plato to NATO

The Idea of the West and Its Opponents
Author: David Gress
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 0684827891
Category: History
Page: 610
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Presents a history of Western civilization's origins and identity

The Tempest

Third Series
Author: William Shakespeare,Virginia Mason Vaughan,Alden T. Vaughan
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 1903436087
Category: Drama
Page: 366
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A new edition of The Tempest which brings alive the rich interpretative possibilities of this most popular play.


Author: George Andrew Lundberg
Publisher: N.A
Category: Sociology
Page: 771
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