Contemporary Sociological Theory

  1. Based on the Micro-Sociological Theory (Chapters 8 and 9 in Dillon text), From the Assigned articles in Contemporary Sociological Theory (Erving Goffman, Randall Collins, Alfred Schutz). Explain how the key concepts such as The “sell”, the “I”, the “me”, the Looking-glass self, the definition of the situation, and the issue of meaning itself are all exemplified in the work of Shutz, Goffman, Collins, and Shutz. Explain how the article makes use of the theory of symbolic interactions and its related concepts. Cite passages in Goffman, Collins, and Schutz to make your case. The Blumer article may be used to help you further understand symbolic interactionism. ( 3 pages)
  2. Regarding power, conflict and inequality (Chapter 6 in the Dillon text) describe the key ideas of Rolf Dahrendorf and Mills and explain how Gramsci, Tilly, Lukes, and Giddens confirm, advance and/or reject the ideas of Mills and Dahrendorf. Cite passages from their work to defend your perspective. (2 pages)
  3. Regarding the work of Mitchel Foucault (Chapter 11 of the Dillon text), by reference to the three articles in Contemporary Sociological Theory ( all excerpts from Foucault’s works), use key concepts identified by Dillon, such as bio-power, power as relational and masked and everywhere, rationalization/discipline, discourse, confession, producing/production of truth (regime truth), the “birth of “[Invention of social institutions, and the issue of resistance (possible or futile?), analyze the three articles by Foucault in CST. (3 pages)




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