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Intro to Sociology - Required Readings


Lectures 1, 2.  The Sociological Imagination: Who We Are and How We Got Here.

C. Wright Mills, "The Promise of Sociology"     

Max Weber, “The Case for Value Free Sociology”     

Malcolm Gladwell, “Getting In” New Yorker magazine review of Jerome Karabel, The Chosen (Oct 10, 2005)  

Stanley Lieberson, “Why Do Tastes Become Tastes?” Chap 1 from A Matter of Taste: How Names, Fashions and Culture Change. Cambridge MA: Harvard University Press 2000.

Lectures 3, 4.    Culture and Ethnocentrism

Marvin Harris, "India's Sacred Cow"

Horace Miner, “Body Ritual Among the Nacirema”    

Nicholas Thomas, “Cook Reappraised” A review of The Apotheosis of Captain Cook by Gananath Obeyesekere, as published in Current Anthropology, Vol. 34, No. 3  

Richard Bernstein, “Cook Was (a) a God or (b) Not a God” a review of Marshall Sahlins, How Natives think About Captain Cook For Example. as published in New York Times May 24, 1995

Lectures 5, 6: Conformity and Isolation.

Solomon Asch, "Group Forces in the Modification and Distortion of Judgments"          

Stanley Milgram, "Behavioral Study of Obedience"     

William Chambliss, “The Saints and the Roughnecks” Society (vol 11), pp. 24-31, 1973.

Stanley Lieberson, “Ethnic and Racial Groups” (Chap. 7, pp. 172-222) in A Matter of Taste: How Names, Fashions and Culture Change. Cambridge MA: Harvard University Press 2000.

Lectures 7, 8: Selves and Interaction

Erving Goffman, "The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life"     

Max Atkinson, "Claptrap" Pamela Fishman, “Interaction: The Work Women Do”

W. E. B.  Du Bois, “The Souls of Black Folk” (Read Chap 1, “Of Our Spiritual Strivings”)

Mitchell Duneier, “Introduction” (pp. 3-16).    

Lectures 9, 10:  “Deviance” (so-called)    

Natalie Angier (reporting on research of Robert Sapolsky and Lisa Share) “No Time for Bullies: Baboons Retool Their Culture”. For greater detail, see here.

David Rosenhan, "On Being Sane in Insane Places" Science vol. 179 (Jan 1973): 25-58.

W Nick Davies, “Make Heroin Legal” The Guardian (UK) June 14, 2001, p. 20

Laud Humphreys, Tearoom Trade: Impersonal Sex in Public Places. Aldine de Gruyter, 1975.

Mitchell Duneier, Part One, “The Informal Life of the Sidewalk” (pp. 17-114).

Lectures 11,12: Organizations, Institutions, and Rules

Max Weber, "The Characteristics of Bureaucracy"

Robert Merton, “Manifest and Latent Functions”    

David Sudnow, "Dead on Arrival”     

Clifford Shearing and Phillip Stenning, “From the Panopticon to Disney World”      

Gina Kolata, "News of Advance in Aids Treatment Delayed 5 Months" New York Times, Nov 14, 1990.

Mitchell Duneier, “How Sixth Avenue Became a Sustaining Habitat” (pp. 115-156).

Lectures 13, 14: Media and Communication    

Joel Best and Gerald Horiuchi, "The Razor Blade in the Apple: The Social Construction of Urban Legends."          

Mark Fishman, "Crime Waves as Ideology"         

Diego Gambetta, “Criminal Trademarks” pp. 195-229 in Codes of the Underworld. Princeton University Press, 2009.         

Dianne Hagamann, “The Joy of Victory, the Agony of Defeat: Stereotypes in Newspaper Sports Feature Photographs” Visual Sociology 8(2) 48-66.

Lectures 15,16: Gender

Barrie Thorne and Zella Luria, "Sexuality and Gender in Children's Daily Worlds"

Debra Tannen, “You Just Don’t Understand: Women and Men in Conversation”    

Harvey Molotch, "The Rest Room and Equal Opportunity" Sociological Forum. vol. 3, no. 1:128-132, 1988.

Candace West; Don H. Zimmerman, “Doing Gender”, Gender and Society, Vol. 1, No. 2 (Jun., 1987), pp. 125-151

Mitchell Duneier, “Talking to Women” (pp. 188-216)

Lectures 17, 18: Sex, Bodies, and Intimacy     

Robert T. Michael, John H. Gagnon, Edward Laumann, and Gina Kolata “Sex in America: How Many Partners Do We Have?”      Mitchell Duneier, “Sidewalk Sleeping,” (157-172, “When You Gotta Go” (pp. 173-198) 

Dianne Herman, “The Rape Culture”  

J. M. Carrier, “Homosexual Behavior in Cross-Cultural Perspective”     

Efua Dorkenoo and Scilla Elworthy, “Female Genital Mutilation” Judith Stacey, Selections

Lectures 19, 20: Work    

Karl Marx, “Alienated Labor” http://www.wsu.edu:8080/~dee/MODERN/ALIEN.HTM    

William Wilson, “When Work Disappears”     

Thomas Beamish, Accumulating Trouble: Complex Organization, a Culture of Silence, and a Secret Spill” Social Problems > Vol. 47, No. 4 (Nov., 2000), pp. 473-498     

Robin Leidner, “Over the Counter McDonald’s” from Fast Food, Fast Talk     

Stephen Steinberg, Chap. 6 “Why Irish Became Domestics and Italians and Jews Did Not” (from Ethnic Myth)    

Lectures 21, 22: Race and Ethnicity

David Hess "Hispanics, Blacks Face housing bias, federal study finds” Deva Pager, “The Mark of a Criminal Record” American Journal of Sociology

Stephen Steinberg, “The Reconstruction of Black Servitude after the Civil War” pp. 173-200 in The Ethnic Myth (2001 ed.). Boston: Beacon Press. Read: Intro, Chaps 1-4, 7, 9.  

Joe Feagin, "The Continuing Significance of Race: Anti-Black Discrimination in Public Places" American Sociological Review > Vol. 56, No. 1 (Feb., 1991), pp. 101-116

Mitchell Duneier, “Accusations: Caveat Vendor?” (217-231) “The Space Wars,” “A Christmas on Sixth Avenue” (pp 231-292).

Lectures 23, 24: Power and Class

G. William Domhoff, “How the Power Elite Dominates Government,” pp. 241-296 in Who Rules America? Power and Politics in the Year 2000. Mountain View, CA: Mayfield.

Weatherford, "Piracy, Slavery, and the Birth of Corporations"  

Stephen Haseler, “The Super-Rich”.

John Isbister, “The Foundations of Third World Poverty”.

Mitchell Duneier, “A Scene from Jane Street” and “Conclusion” (pp. 293-319)

Lectures 25, 26:  The Environment

Molotch, Chap. 8 “Moral Rules” Where Stuff Comes From

Mike Davis, “The Case for Letting Malibu Burn” pp. 93-147 in Ecology of Fear Vintage Books.

Paul Robbins, Annemarie Polderman and Trevor Birkenholtz “Lawns and Toxins: An Ecology of the City” Cities. Vol. 18, no. 6, pp 369-380.

Ari Kelman, “An Act of God” pp. 157-196 from A River and Its City: The Nature of Landscape in New Orleans. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2003.

Lectures 27,28: Catastrophe, War, and Terror

James Morentz, “Communication in the Sahel Drought: Comparing the Mass Media with Other Channels of International Communication”

Rebecca Solnit, “From the Blitz and the Bomb to Vietnam” (pp. 98-119) and “Mutual Aid in the Marketplace” (pp. 183-194) from A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities That Arise in Disaster. New York: Viking, 2009.

Susan Sontag, writing in The New Yorker, September 24, 2001

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