OK, it’s time to order books for the fall (zoinks!). I’m really excited about my graduate seminar in the fall, Advanced Social Theory, the first time we’ve been able to offer an advanced (meaning beyond one single semester!) social theory graduate course in the 9 years I’ve been here. I offered three general ideas for the course:
- Mid-20th-century American social theory and kin (e.g., Parsons, Merton, Lazarsfeld, etc.)
- Late Marxist and Postmodern theory (Frankfurt School, Foucault, Lyotard, Baudrillard, etc.)
- Theory in method, contemporary sociological work on theorizing the practice and result of sociological research
To my delight, the overall response has been most positive for option 3, so this time around it will be a “where the rubber hits the road” kind of course, considering current theoretical work that is in one way or another closely tied with empirical research.
So, dear scatterbrains – I ask you, what books shall I order? Of course article-based material will constitute a substantial portion of the syllabus, and that can be added later, but I need to order a few books. I think I’m looking for 3-4 books. Some of the possibilities I’m considering are below, but I’d love to hear your other thoughts too.
In no particular order, here are some of my ideas:
- Ragin, Redesigning Social Inquiry
- John Levi Martin, Social Structures
- Ann Mische, Partisan Publics
- Kurzman, The Unthinkable Revolution in Iran
- Norton, 95 Theses on Culture, Politics, and Method