Sociological Theories

1. About this Course

This is an introductory course to sociological theories. In the class of eIntroduction to Sociologyf, students study basic ideas of sociology focusing on empirical topics such as city, gender, religion. In this course of eSociological Theoriesf, we focus on theories rather than empirical topics. Detailed information will be provided on Please check the website before registration. Detailed information will be provided on The textbook will be used from the first class. Please bring your textbook.

2. Textbook

Pip Jones, Liz Brandbury and Shaun Le Boutillier, 2011, Introducing Social Theory, 2nd edition, Polity Press

This book is available at the coop book shop.You need to bring the book every time.

3. Schecule

10/04 Orientation

10/11 1. An Introduction to Sociological Theory

10/18 2. Marx and Marxism

10/25 3. Emile Durkheim

11/01 4. Max Weber

11/08 5. Interpretive Sociology

11/15 Additional Contents

11/22 Review and Exam
The exam is not an open-book system. You cannot read the textbook during the exam.

11/29 6. Michel Foucault

12/06 7. Social Structures and Social Action

12/13 8. Postmodernity, Postmodernism and its Critics

12/20 9. Rethinking Modernity

01/10 10. Fenimist and Gender Theories

01/17 Additional Contents: Contemporary Theories

Plese enter the password: The first 2 fugures are the number of the building in which we study. The last 3 fugures are the number of the class room of this course.

01/24 Review and Exam
The exam is not an open-book system. You cannot read the textbook during the exam.
The coverage of the exam: From chapter 6 to 10 of the textbook. Additional contents are not included.

4. Grading

Examination 100%
If students take inapproapriate actions (plagiarism, or something like that), some marks will be reduced.

5. Reference to 'Additional contents'

1. Complexity Science (Non Linear Dynamics)

Camazine, Scott, Jean-Louis Deneubourg, Nigel Franks, James Sneyd, Guy Theraulaz, Eric Bonabeau 2001 Self-Organization in Biological Systems , Princeton, Princeton University Press
*Kaneko, Kunihiko 2006 Life: An Introduction to Complex Systems Biology, Berlin, Springer
Kauffman, Stuart 1993 The Origin of Order, Oxford University Press
*------ 1995 At Home in the Universe: The Search for Laws of Self-Organization and Complexity, Penguin Books
------ 2000 Investigations, Oxford University Press
A book or an article with * is ones closely related with this course.
Nicolis, Gregoire and Ilya Prigogine 1989 Exploring Complexity, New York, W.H.Freeman and Company
*Prigogine, Ilya 1980 From Being to Becoming Time and Complexity in the Physical Sciences, San Francisco, W.H.Freeman and Company
------ 1997 The End of Certainty , Free Press
Waldrop, M. M. 1992 Complexity: The emerging science at the edge of order and chaos, New York, Simon & Schuster.

2. Complexity Theory in Sociology

Bogg, Jan and Robert Geyer eds. 2007 Complexity, Science and Society, Oxford and New York, Radcliffe Publishing
*Buckley, Walter 1967 Sociology and Modern Systems Theory, Prentice-Hall, Englewood Cliffs
------ 1998 Society \ A Complex Adaptive System Essays in Social Theory, Gordon and Breach Publishers
Byrne, David 1998 Complexity Theory and the Social Sciences An Introduction, London, Routledge
Byrne, David and Gill Callaghan 2014 Complexity Theory and the Social Sciences --- The State of the Art, London, Reutledge
Castellani, Brian and Frederic William Hafferty 2009 Sociology and Complexity Science A New Field of Inquiry, Berlin and Heidelberg, Springer Verlag
Chesters, Graeme and Ian Welsh 2006 Complexity and Social Movements --- Multitudes at the Edge of Chaos, London, Routledge
Cilliers, Paul 1998 Complexity and Postmodernism Understanding Complex Systems, London, Routledge
Cilliers, Paul and Rika Preiserr eds. 2010 Complexity, Difference and Identity: An Ethical Perspective, Springer
DeLanda, Manuel 2002 Intensive Science and Virtual Philosophy, London and New York, Bloomsbury
------ 2006 A New Philosophy of Society Assemblage Theory and Social Complexity, London and New York, Bloomsbury
Eve R.A., S.Horsfall and Mary Lee eds. 1997 Chaos, Complexity and Sociology, Sage Publications
*The Gulbenkian Commission 1996 Open the Social Sciences Report of the Gulbenkian Commission on the Restructuring of the Social Sciences, Stanford, Stanford University Press
*Hardt, Michael and Antonio Negri 2004 Multitude War and Democracy in the Age of Empire, Penguin Books
Jenks, Chris and John Smith 2006 Qualitative Complexity Ecology, Cognitive Processes and the Re-emergence of Structures in Post-humanist Social Theory, Routledge
Law, John and Annemarie Moll (eds.) 2002 Complexities --- Social Studies of Knowledge and Practices, Durham and London, Duke University Press
Massumi, Brian 2002 Parables for the Virtual --- Movement, Affect, Sensation, Durham and London, Duke University Press
Sakurai, Hiroshi, forthcoming, A Theory of the Social Order
Japanese edition of this book is wЉ̗_x Vj
Sawyer, R. Keith 2005 Social Emergence Societies As Complex Systems, New York, Cambridge University Press
*Taylor, Mark 2001 The Moment of Complexity --- Emerging Network Culture, Chicago, The University of Chicago Press
*Urry, John 2003 Global Complexity, Cambridge, Polity Press
------ 2005 eThe Complexity Turnf Theory, Culture and Society, vol.22(5):1-14
------ 2005 eThe Complexity of the Globalf, Theory, Culture and Society, vol.22(5) 235-254

3. Organization and Management

Allen, P., Maguire, S., and McKelvey, B. (eds) (2011) The Sage Handbook of Complexity and Management, London: Sage.
Armstrong, Elizabeth A. 2002 Forging Gay Identities: Organizing Sexuality in San Francisco,1950-1994, Chicago and London, The University of Chicago Press
------ 2005 gFrom Struggle to Settlement: The Crystallization of a Field of Lesbian/Gay Organizations in San Francisco 1969-1973h, in Gerald F. Davis, et al (eds.) 2005 Social Movements and Organization Theory, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press
McAdam, Doug, Sidney Tarrow and Charles Tilly 2001 Dynamics of Contension, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press
Stacey, R.D. (2007) Strategic Management and Organizational Dynamics: The Challenge of Complexity, Harlow: Pearson Education.
Stacey, R.D. (2010) Complexity and Organizational Reality, London: Routledge
Mitleton-Kelly, E. (2003) (ed.) Complex Systems and Evolutionary Perspectives on Organizations, Oxford: Elsevier Science

4. Field Theory in Sociology

*Bourdieu, Pierre and Loic J.D.Wacquant 1992 An Invitation to Reflexive Sociology, Chicago, The University of Chicago Press
*Fligstein, Neil and Doug McAdam 2012 A Theory of Fields, Oxford University Press, Oxford
*Ikegami, Yoshihiko (ed.) 1991 The Empire of Signs: Semiotic Essays on Japanese Culture, Amsterdam, J. Benjamins Pub. Co.

5. Postmodernism and Constructivism

Gergen, J. Kenneth 1994 Realities and Relationships Soundings in Social Construction, Cambridge and London, Harvard University Press
*Gergen, J. Kenneth 1999 An Invitation to Social Construction, London, Sage Publications Ltd
Gergen, J. Kenneth and Sheila McNamee 1999 Relational Responsibility Resources for Sustainable Dialogue, Thousand Oaks, Sage Publications Inc.

6. Relational Sociology

Crossley, Nick 2002 Making Sense of Social Movements, Buckingham and Philadelphia, Open University Press
*------ 2011 Towards Relational Sociology, London, Routledge
Elias, Norbert 1970 Was ist Soziologie?, Norbert Elias Gesammelte Schriften, Band 5, 2006, Suhrkamp
*------ 2000 The Civilizing Process Sociogenetic and Psychogenetic Investigations, Translated by Edmund Jephcott, Revised edition, Malden, Blackwell Publishing
------ 2001 Die Gesellschaft der Individuen, Suhrkamp Taschenbuch Wissenschaft 974, Suhrkamp
*Emirbayer, Mustafa 1997 gManifesto for a Relational Sociologyh American Journal of Sociology, Vol.103, No.2
Emirbayer, Mustafa and Ann Mische 1998 gWhat is Agency?h American Journal of Sociology, Vol. 103, No. 4 (Jan., 1998), pp. 962-1023
*Powell, Christopher and Francois Depelteau (eds.) 2013 Conceptualizing Relational Sociology \ Ontological and Theoretical Issues, New York, Palgrave Macmillan
*Depelteau, Francois and Christopher Powell (eds.) 2013 Applying Relational Sociology \ Relations, Networks, and Society, New York, Palgrave Macmillan