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The sociology book
Thorpe, Christopher, author.
First American edition.
Publication Information:
New York, New York : DK Publishing, 2015.
Physical Description:
352 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm.
Profiles the world's most renowned sociologists and more than 100 of their biggest ideas, including issues of equality, diversity, identity, and human rights; the effects of globalization; the role of institutions; and the rise of urban living in modern society.
General Note:
Includes index.
A physical defeat has never marked the end of a nation / Mankind have always wandered or settled, agreed or quarreled, in troops and companies / Science can be used to build a better world / Declaration of Independence bears no relation to half the human race / Fall of the bourgeoisie and the victory of the proletariat are equally inevitable / Gemeinschaft and Gesellschaft / Society, like the human body, has interrelated parts, needs, and functions / Iron cage of rationality / Many personal troubles must be understood in terms of public issues / Pay to the most commonplace activities the attention accorded extraordinary events / Where there is power there is resistance / Gender is a kind of imitation for which there is no original / Social inequalities. I broadly accuse the bourgeoisie of social murder / Problem of the 20th century is the problem of the color line / Poor are excluded from the ordinary living patterns, customs, and activities of life / There ain't no black in the Union Jack / A sense of one's place / Orient is the stage on which the whole East is confined / Ghetto is where the black people live / Tools of freedom become the sources of indignity / Men's interest in patriarchy is condensed in hegemonic masculinity / White women have been complicit in this imperialist, white-supremacist capitalist patriarchy / Concept of "patriarch" is indispensable for an analysis of gender inequality / Strangers are not really conceived as individuals, but as strangers of a particular type / Freedom to remake our cities and ourselves / There must be eyes on the street / Only communication can communicate / Society should articulate what is good / McDonaldization affects virtually every aspect of society / Bonds of our communities have withered / Disneyization replaces mundane blandness with spectacular experiences / Living in a loft is like living in a showcase / Abandon all hope of totality, you who enter the world of fluid modernity / Modern world-system / Global issues, local perspective / Climate change is a back-of-the-mind issue / No social justice without global cognitive justice / Unleashing of productive capacity by the power of the mind / We are living in a world that is beyond controllability / It sometimes seems as if the whole world is on the move / Nations can be imagined and constructed with relatively little historical straw / Global cities are strategic sites for new types of operations / Different societies appropriate the materials of modernity differently / Processes of change have altered the relations between peoples and communities / "I" and the "me" / Challenge of modernity is to live without illusions and without becoming disillusioned / Civilizing process is constantly moving "forward" / Mass culture reinforces political repression / Danger of the future is that men may become robots / Culture is ordinary / Stigma refers to an attribute that is deeply discrediting

We live in a world where there is more and more information, and less and less meaning / Modern identities are being decentered / All communities are imagined / Throughout the world, culture has been doggedly pushing itself center stage / Conspicuous consumption of valuable goods is a means of reputability to the gentleman of leisure / Puritan wanted to work in a calling-- we are forced to do so / Technology, like art, is a soaring exercise of the human imagination / More sophisticated machines become, the less skill the worker has / Automation increases the worker's control over his work process / Romantic ethic promotes the spirit of consumerism / In processing people, the product is a state of mind / Spontaneous consent combines with coercion / Things make us just as much as we make things / Feminization has had only a modest impact on reducing gender inequalities / Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature / Iron law of oligarchy / Healthy people need no bureaucracy to mate, give birth, and die / Some commit crimes because they are responding to a social situation / Total institutions strip people of their support systems and their sense of self / Government is the right disposition of things / Religion has lost its plausibility and social significance / Our identity and behavior are determined by how we are described and classified / Economic crisis is immediately transformed into social crisis / Schooling has been at once something done to the poor and for the poor / Societies are subject, every now and then, to periods of moral panic / Time of the tribes / How working-class kids get working-class jobs / Differences between the sexes are cultural creations / Families are factories that produce human personalities / Western man has become a confessing animal / Heterosexuality must be recognized and studied as an institution / Western family arrangements are diverse, fluid, and unresolved / Marriage contract is a work contract / Housework is directly opposed to self-actualization / When love finally wins it has to face all kinds of defeat / Sexuality is as much about beliefs and ideologies as about the physical body / Queer theory questions the very grounds of identity
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