The University of Chicago Department of Sociology 20133/30133 Autumn 2006



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The University of Chicago

Department of Sociology

Sociology 20133/30133 Autumn 2006

Donald N. Levine MWF 10:30-11:20, Harper 130



American Sociological Thought: 1900-1980


Session

Date

Assigned Readings

Supplementary References

Week I

I. Theory in American Sociology







1

Mo 9-25

American Thought? Sociological Thought? 1900-1980?

Joas, Pragmatism and Social Theory

Levine, “On the National Question in Sociology”

2

We 9-27

Hofstadter, Anti-Intellectualism in American Life, ch.1-2 [e-res]

Bershady, "Practice Against Theory in American Sociology" [e-res]

Sumner, Folkways, ch. 1, secs. 1-9, 12-39

Ross, Origins of American Social Science

Coser, “American Trends,” in A History of Sociological Analysis, ed. Bottomore & Nisbet




II. Social Control and the Self







3

Fr 9-29


Sumner, Folkways, sections 40-85, 98-106, 115-21

Hinkle, Founding Theory of American Sociology

Sumner, Folkways, other chs.

Week II













Mo10-2

NO CLASS







Tu 10-3

First paper due




4

Wed.

Oct 4

Dewey, Human Nature and Conduct, intro., chs. 1-6

Camic, “The Matter of Habit” [e-res]

White, Morton, The Revolt Against Formalism

5

Fri.

Oct 6

Dewey, Human Nature and Conduct, chs. 7-16

Mead, Mind, Self, and Society


Week III










6

Mon.

Oct 9

Dewey, Human Nature and Conduct, chs. 17-18, 25-26

Cooley, On Self and Social Organization, chs. 10, 11

Alexander, F. M. Constructive Conscious Control, The Use of the Self


7

Wed.

Oct 11

Thomas, On Social Organization and Social Personality,

chs. 1, 3, 10 [“Social Disorganization and Social Reorganization,” “Rational Control in Social Life,” “Analytical Types: Philistine, Bohemian, and Creative Man”]

Park & Burgess, Intro to the Science of Sociology, ch. 12

Levine, “The American Tradition," Visions of the Sociological Tradition, 121-5

8

Fri.

Oct 13

Parsons, On Institutions and Social Evolution (OISE), chs. 7, 8 [“Integration and Institutionalization . . ,” “ The Superego and the Theory of Social Systems”]

Parsons, The Social System, ch. 6. [e-res]

Goffman, Interaction Ritual, Asylums

Week IV










9

Mon. Oct 16

Riesman, The Lonely Crowd, chs. 1, 12

Parsons and White, "The Link Between Character and Society" Social Structure and Personality ch.8 [e-res]




III. Urbanism, Deviance, Race Relations







10

Wed.

Oct 18

Wirth, On Cities and Social Life, chs. 4, 13, 15

["Urbanism as a Way of Life," "Localism, Regionalism, and Centralization," and "Rural-Urban Differences"]

Janowitz, On Social Organization and Social Control (OSOSC) ch. 3 [“Social Dimensions of the Local Community”]

Abbott, “Of Time and Space: The Contemporary Relevance of the Chicago School”

Levine et al., “Simmel’s Influence on American Sociology” I, AJS

Dewey, Richard, "The Rural-Urban Continuum"

11

Friday

Oct 20

Merton, “Social Structure and Anomie”, On Social Structure and Science (OSSS), ch. 12

Parsons, The Social System, ch. 7 [e-res]

Wirth, “Culture Conflict and Misconduct,” OCSL

Merton, “Continuities in the Study of Social Structure and Anomie," Social Theory and Social Structure

Levine, The Flight from Ambiguity, ch. 4

Week V










12

Mon.

Oct 23

Hughes, On Work, Race, and the Sociological Imagination (WRSI), chs.7, 8, 9, 10 ["The Study of Ethnic Relations,” “Queries Concerning Industry and Society Growing Out of Study of Ethnic Relations in Industry,” “Race Relations in Industry,” “The Knitting of Racial Groups in Industry"]

Gordon. “Toward a General Theory of Racial and Ethnic Group Relations,” Glazer & Moynihan, eds. Ethnicity: Theory and Experience 85-110.

13

Wed.

Oct 25

Du Bois, On Sociology and the Black Community, chs.4, 14-16

[“The Study of the Negro Problem,” “The Relations of Negroes to Whites in the South, “ The Social Evolution of the Black South,” The Problem of the 20th Century is the Problem of the Color Line”]

Du Bois, On Sociology and the Black Community, other chapters

14

Fri.

Oct 27

Janowitz, “Ethnic Intolerance and Hostility,” OSOSC, ch. 10

Parsons, “Racial and Religious Differences as Factors in Group Tensions” [e-res]

Parsons, "Full Citizenship for the Negro American?"



Week VI

IV. Work, Occupations, Professions







15

Mon

Oct 30

Hughes WRSI, chs. 2, 4, 5, 6

[“Professions,” “Work and Self,” “The Humble and the Proud: The Comparative Study of Occupations,” and “Mistakes at Work”]


Veblen, The Instinct of Workmanship

16

Wed.

Nov 1

Parsons, “The Professions and Social Structure,” Essays in Sociological Theory, 34-49 [e-res]

Janowitz, “Professionalization of Military Elites” OSOSC, ch. 4

Wilensky, “The Professionalization of Everyone?” AJS 70 (Sept. 1964): 137-58 [e-res]

17

Fri.

Nov 3

Parsons, OISE, chs. 6, 9

[“The Pattern Variables,” “Illness and the Role of the Physician”]

Parsons, On Social Structure and Personality

Week VII










18

Mon.

Nov 6

Merton, OSSS, chs. 18, 20, 22

[“The Rise of Modern Science,” “The Ethos of Science,” “The Reward System of Science” ]

Parsons, The Social System, ch. 8

Parsons & Platt, The American University

19

Wed.

Nov 8

Merton, OSSS, chs. 10, 13, 11, 5, 6

[“The Role Set,” “Opportunity Structure,” Sociological Ambivalence,” “Paradigms,” “Paradigm for Functional Analysis”)

Merton, OSSS, Introduction, other chapters

Merton, Social Theory and Social Structure

20

Fri.

Nov 10

No Class Second paper due




Week VIII

V. National Values, Media, Democracy







21

Mon.

Nov 13

Mead, “National-Mindedness and International-Mindednesss,” Selected Writings ch.23

Mead, unpublished material

Addams, “Americanization,” Pubs. of Amer. Sociological Society 14 (1919), 206-14. [e-res]

22

Wed

Nov 15

Parsons, “The Mass Media and the Structure of American Society” OISE ch.17

Janowitz, “Mass Media and Popular Distrust," OSOSC, ch.14

Park, The Crowd and the Public

Dewey, The Public and Its Problems

23

Fri

Nov 17

Parsons, “Evolutionary Universals in Society,” OISE, ch.19

Parsons, “American Values and American Society,” with Gerald M. Platt, OISE, ch. 20.

Du Bois, Color and Democracy

Parsons, The Evolution of Society

Week IX










24

Mon.

Nov 20

Parsons, “Some Sociological Aspects of the Fascist Movements” (e-res)

Parsons, “National Socialism and the German People” [e-res]

Arendt, The Origins of Totalitarianism

25

Wed.

Nov 22

Janowitz, OSOSC, chs. 12, 15, 19

Observations on the Sociology of Citizenship: Obligations and Rights,” “The Social Ecology of Citizenship,”

Toward the Reconstruction of Patriotism”]

Janowitz, The reconstruction of patriotism: education for civic consciousness




Fri.

Nov 24

No Class – Thanksgiving




Week X

VI. Sociology for Social Action







26

Mon.

Nov 27

Dewey, The Public and Its Problems (1927)


Sumner, "The Absurd Effort to Make the World Over”

Lynd, Knowledge for What? (1939)

27

Wed.

Nov 29

Mills, The Sociological Imagination (1959), selections

Merton, "Social Problems and Sociological Theory" (1961)


Parsons, “Social Science: A Basic National Resource” (1986)

Levine, “Theory and Practice Revisited” (2000)



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