Immersion Lecture: Contemporary Sociological Theory – Micro, Macro & Integrative

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Time of Event: 
Monday, January 11, 2016 - 13:00 to 13:45

In this collaborative presentation, Dr. Simone Pulver provides a summary of contemporary sociological theory, organizing theorists, and schools of thought in terms of their historical genesis and the level of analysis on which they focus. Several sociologists then present the key ideas of specific contemporary theorists. Dr. Dana Fisher discusses Giddens’ idea of structuration, which integrates structure and agency, and Habermas’ notions of deliberative democracy. Dr. Lori Peek summarizes symbolic interactionism, highlighting the focus on symbols and their interpretation based on individual and social experience. Dr. Andrew Jorgenson presents world systems theory from the Chase-Dunn perspective, and focuses on the trends in interstate relationships and structures. Finally, Dr. Kristal Jones discusses Polanyi and Bourdieu’s theories about the institution and maintenance of economic structures embedded in social systems.

Reading List

Ritzer, G. (2007). A historical sketch of sociological theory: The later years. In G. Ritzer, Modern Sociological Theory (pp. 51–95).

Presentation Slides

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Speaker Bios

Event type: 
Immersion Speaker
Event Attendance: 
Private Working Group
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