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Misc. Sociologists
Pre-Sociology Theorists
First Sociologists
Durkheim, Emile
Marx, Karl
Weber, Max
Comparisons & Groups
Conflict Sociology
Critical Sociology
Feminist Sociology
Functionalist, Consensus-based
Interactionist & Constructionist
Post-modern & Structuralist
Public Sociology (Purpose)
Thinking Theoretically
Economic Sociology
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Misc. Sociologists

Ulrich Beck, Sociologist Who Warned of Dangers of Technology, Is Dead at 70 - NYTimes.com

Ulrich Beck, Sociologist Who Warned of Dangers of Technology, Is Dead at 70 - NYTimes.com

Herbert Gans (1927 - )

Herbert Gans (1927 - )

Ulrich Beck (1944 - )

Ulrich Beck (1944 - )

Stuart Hall (1932 - 2014) is best know as a cultural theorist and one of the founding figures of the rising school of thought often referred to as British Cultural Studies. Hall's work covers a broad range of issues, but he's been most consistent in articulating the way power works through cultural processes.

Stuart Hall (1932 - 2014) is best know as a cultural theorist and one of the founding figures of the rising school of thought often referred to as British Cultural Studies. Hall's work covers a broad range of issues, but he's been most consistent in articulating the way power works through cultural processes.

Zygmunt Bauman (1925-2017 ) is a Polish sociologist. Although his work on postmodern capitalism has been very influential, he is arguably most famous for his analysis of modernity & the Holocaust. Rather than a return to the barbarism, Bauman argued the Holocaust was not possible without modernity. By modernity he meant the modern concern w/ ordering, cataloging, creating & following rules, & the division of labor.

Zygmunt Bauman (1925-2017 ) is a Polish sociologist. Although his work on postmodern capitalism has been very influential, he is arguably most famous for his analysis of modernity & the Holocaust. Rather than a return to the barbarism, Bauman argued the Holocaust was not possible without modernity. By modernity he meant the modern concern w/ ordering, cataloging, creating & following rules, & the division of labor.

Norbert Elias (1897 – 1990) was a German sociologist, who is widely known as a founder of Figurational Sociology, which takes "figurations," or evolving networks of interdependent humans, as the fundamental unit of analysis.    In Elias' important book, The Civilizing Process, he tracks the history of the European habitus and details the social connections between power, behaviors, emotions, and knowledge over time.

Norbert Elias (1897 – 1990) was a German sociologist, who is widely known as a founder of Figurational Sociology, which takes "figurations," or evolving networks of interdependent humans, as the fundamental unit of analysis. In Elias' important book, The Civilizing Process, he tracks the history of the European habitus and details the social connections between power, behaviors, emotions, and knowledge over time.

Immanuel Wallerstein (1930 - ) is the former President of the ISA and chair of the International Gulbenkian Commission on the Restructuring of the Social Sciences. He is best known for his writing in 3 domains of World-systems theory: the historical development of the modern world-system; the contemporary crisis of the capitalist world-economy; the structures of knowledge.

Immanuel Wallerstein (1930 - ) is the former President of the ISA and chair of the International Gulbenkian Commission on the Restructuring of the Social Sciences. He is best known for his writing in 3 domains of World-systems theory: the historical development of the modern world-system; the contemporary crisis of the capitalist world-economy; the structures of knowledge.

Immanuel Wallerstein (1930 - ) is the former President of the International Sociological Association (ISA) (1994-1998), and chair of the International Gulbenkian Commission on the Restructuring of the Social Sciences (1993-1995). He is best known for his writing in three domains of World-systems theory: the historical development of the modern world-system; the contemporary crisis of the capitalist world-economy; the structures of knowledge. Artist: Artist: Kevin Moore (www.mooretoons.com/)

The Sociological Cinema

Immanuel Wallerstein (1930 - ) is the former President of the International Sociological Association (ISA) (1994-1998), and chair of the International Gulbenkian Commission on the Restructuring of the...

Zygmunt Bauman (1925 - 2017) is a Polish sociologist who currently resides in England. Although his work on postmodern capitalism has been very influential, he is arguably most famous for his analysis of modernity and the Holocaust.  In contrast to those who portray the Holocaust as a return to the barbarism of the past, Bauman argued that the Holocaust was not possible without modernity... Artist: Kevin Moore (www.mooretoons.com/)

Zygmunt Bauman (1925 - 2017) is a Polish sociologist who currently resides in England. Although his work on postmodern capitalism has been very influential, he is arguably most famous for his analysis of modernity and the Holocaust. In contrast to those who portray the Holocaust as a return to the barbarism of the past, Bauman argued that the Holocaust was not possible without modernity... Artist: Kevin Moore (www.mooretoons.com/)

Louis Althusser (1918 - 1990)  Louis Pierre Althusser was a French Marxist philosopher. His arguments and thesis were set against the threats that he saw attacking the theoretical foundations of Marxism. These included both the influence of empiricism on Marxist theory, and humanist and reformist socialist orientations... [Click on this image to find a clip from the film The Fugitive, which is surprisingly useful for teaching the Althusserian concept of interpellation]

Interpellation and the Construction of Subjective Identity

Louis Althusser (1918 - 1990) Louis Pierre Althusser was a French Marxist philosopher. His arguments and thesis were set against the threats that he saw attacking the theoretical foundations of Marxism. These included both the influence of empiricism on Marxist theory, and humanist and reformist socialist orientations... [Click on this image to find a clip from the film The Fugitive, which is surprisingly useful for teaching the Althusserian concept of interpellation]

Howard S. Becker (1928 - ) is a sociologist who is known for his contributions to the sociological study of deviance and art. In the book for which he is most famous, "Outsiders" (1963), Becker sets out foundational ideas behind Labeling theory. As a graduate of the University of Chicago, Becker is considered part of the second Chicago School of Sociology. [Click on this image to find a short clip and analysis exploring Becker's contributions to the sociological study of art]

What is Art?

Howard S. Becker (1928 - ) is a sociologist who is known for his contributions to the sociological study of deviance and art. In the book for which he is most famous, "Outsiders" (1963), Becker sets out foundational ideas behind Labeling theory. As a graduate of the University of Chicago, Becker is considered part of the second Chicago School of Sociology. [Click on this image to find a short clip and analysis exploring Becker's contributions to the sociological study of art]

Neville Alexander (1936-2012) was a South African social theorist, educationist & activist, who was imprisoned w/ Nelson Mandala. Alexander argued education would lead to the liberation of SA. He further argued that developing African languages was essential because English & Afrikaans—the W. Germanic languages whose imposition was the trigger of the Soweto uprising—were not adequate for higher ed. Many Blacks werent making it to graduation because they lacked proficiency in the idioms

Neville Alexander (1936-2012) was a South African social theorist, educationist & activist, who was imprisoned w/ Nelson Mandala. Alexander argued education would lead to the liberation of SA. He further argued that developing African languages was essential because English & Afrikaans—the W. Germanic languages whose imposition was the trigger of the Soweto uprising—were not adequate for higher ed. Many Blacks werent making it to graduation because they lacked proficiency in the idioms

Pre-Sociology Theorists

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First Sociologists

Harriet Martineau (12 June 1802 – 27 June 1876) was an English social theorist and Whig writer, often cited as the first female sociologist.  Martineau wrote 35 books and a multitude of essays from a sociological, holistic, religious, domestic, and, perhaps most controversial, a feminine perspective; she also translated various works from Auguste Comte.

Harriet Martineau

Visit Biography.com to learn more about Harriet Martineau, author of Deerbrook.

Thorstein Veblen (1857 - 1929)  Veblen was a noted economist and sociologist and a prominent leader of the institutional economics movement. He is widely known for his book, The Theory of the Leisure Class, where he famously discusses a phenomena he called Conspicuous consumption.

The Sociological Cinema

That time Thorstein Veblen (1857 - 1929) was on Jeopardy. "In 1899's 'The Theory of' this 'class' Thorstein Veblen coined the term 'Conspicuous Consumption'" Veblen was a noted economist and...

Thorstein Veblen (1857 - 1929)  Veblen was a noted economist and sociologist and a prominent leader of the institutional economics movement. He is widely known for his book, The Theory of the Leisure Class, where he famously discusses a phenomena he called Conspicuous consumption.  Artist: Phillip Fivel Nessen

The Sociological Cinema

That time Thorstein Veblen (1857 - 1929) was on Jeopardy. "In 1899's 'The Theory of' this 'class' Thorstein Veblen coined the term 'Conspicuous Consumption'" Veblen was a noted economist and...

Harriet Martineau (1802 - 1876) was an English social theorist and Whig writer, often cited as the first female sociologist. Martineau wrote 35 books and a multitude of essays from a sociological, holistic, religious, domestic, and a feminine perspective; she also translated various works from Auguste Comte.  Artist: Kevin Moore (www.mooretoons.com/)

Harriet Martineau (1802 - 1876) was an English social theorist and Whig writer, often cited as the first female sociologist. Martineau wrote 35 books and a multitude of essays from a sociological, holistic, religious, domestic, and a feminine perspective; she also translated various works from Auguste Comte. Artist: Kevin Moore (www.mooretoons.com/)

Durkheim, Emile

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Marx, Karl

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Weber, Max

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Comparisons & Groups

Sociology Family Tree | via @Norton Soc

Sociology Family Tree | via @Norton Soc

Conflict Sociology

Louis Althusser (1918-1990) was a French Marxist philosopher. His arguments and thesis were set against the threats that he saw attacking the theoretical foundations of Marxism. These included both the influence of  empiricism on Marxist theory, and humanist and reformist socialist orientations which manifested as divisions in the European communist parties, as well as the problem of the "cult of personality" and of ideology (Wikipedia).

Sociološi na Noći muzeja

Louis Althusser (1918-1990) was a French Marxist philosopher. His arguments and thesis were set against the threats that he saw attacking the theoretical foundations of Marxism. These included both the influence of empiricism on Marxist theory, and humanist and reformist socialist orientations which manifested as divisions in the European communist parties, as well as the problem of the "cult of personality" and of ideology (Wikipedia).

Critical Sociology

Max Horkheimer (front left), Theodor Adorno (front right), and Jürgen Habermas (in the background, right), in 1964 in Heidelberg. [click on this image to find a clip which illustrates Theodor Adorno and Max Horkheimer's concept of the culture industry]

Max Horkheimer (front left), Theodor Adorno (front right), and Jürgen Habermas (in the background, right), in 1964 in Heidelberg. [click on this image to find a clip which illustrates Theodor Adorno and Max Horkheimer's concept of the culture industry]

The Frankfurt School has been associated with thinkers such as Weil, Benjamin, Horkheimer, Adorno, Marcuse and Habermas, and formed as a resistance to traditional sociological theories, especially Marxist ones.    Felix Weil (1898 - 1975) was a German Marxist who founded the Institute for Social Research in 1924, which was associated with the Frankfurt School.

The Frankfurt School has been associated with thinkers such as Weil, Benjamin, Horkheimer, Adorno, Marcuse and Habermas, and formed as a resistance to traditional sociological theories, especially Marxist ones. Felix Weil (1898 - 1975) was a German Marxist who founded the Institute for Social Research in 1924, which was associated with the Frankfurt School.

Feminist Sociology

Patricia Hill Collins (1948 - )  "To me feminism is not simply a struggle to end male chauvinism or a movement to ensure that women will have equal rights with men; it is a commitment to eradicating the ideology of domination that permeates Western culture on various levels—sex, race, and class,.."  in “Defining Black Feminist Thought” from Black Feminist Thought, 1990

The Sociological Cinema

Patricia Hill Collins (1948 - ) "To me feminism is not simply a struggle to end male chauvinism or a movement to ensure that women will have equal rights with men; it is a commitment to eradicating...

Functionalist, Consensus-based

Interactionist & Constructionist

Category: Goffman

Tags: corporations , crime/law/deviance , foucault , goffman , government/the state , science/technology , theory , back stage, edward snowden, glenn greenwald, mass surveillance, n.s.a.,...

Charles Horton Cooley (1864 - 1929)  Cooley was an American sociologist, who studied and then taught economics and sociology at the University of Michigan. He is perhaps best known for his concept of the Looking glass self.

Charles Horton Cooley (1864 - 1929) Cooley was an American sociologist, who studied and then taught economics and sociology at the University of Michigan. He is perhaps best known for his concept of the Looking glass self.

Post-modern & Structuralist

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Public Sociology (Purpose)

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Thinking Theoretically

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Economic Sociology

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Ulrich Beck, Sociologist Who Warned of Dangers of Technology, Is Dead at 70 - NYTimes.com

Ulrich Beck, Sociologist Who Warned of Dangers of Technology, Is Dead at 70 - NYTimes.com

Harriet Martineau (12 June 1802 – 27 June 1876) was an English social theorist and Whig writer, often cited as the first female sociologist.  Martineau wrote 35 books and a multitude of essays from a sociological, holistic, religious, domestic, and, perhaps most controversial, a feminine perspective; she also translated various works from Auguste Comte.

Harriet Martineau

Visit Biography.com to learn more about Harriet Martineau, author of Deerbrook.

Max Horkheimer (front left), Theodor Adorno (front right), and Jürgen Habermas (in the background, right), in 1964 in Heidelberg. [click on this image to find a clip which illustrates Theodor Adorno and Max Horkheimer's concept of the culture industry]

Max Horkheimer (front left), Theodor Adorno (front right), and Jürgen Habermas (in the background, right), in 1964 in Heidelberg. [click on this image to find a clip which illustrates Theodor Adorno and Max Horkheimer's concept of the culture industry]

Herbert Gans (1927 - )

Herbert Gans (1927 - )

Ulrich Beck (1944 - )

Ulrich Beck (1944 - )

Louis Althusser (1918-1990) was a French Marxist philosopher. His arguments and thesis were set against the threats that he saw attacking the theoretical foundations of Marxism. These included both the influence of  empiricism on Marxist theory, and humanist and reformist socialist orientations which manifested as divisions in the European communist parties, as well as the problem of the "cult of personality" and of ideology (Wikipedia).

Sociološi na Noći muzeja

Louis Althusser (1918-1990) was a French Marxist philosopher. His arguments and thesis were set against the threats that he saw attacking the theoretical foundations of Marxism. These included both the influence of empiricism on Marxist theory, and humanist and reformist socialist orientations which manifested as divisions in the European communist parties, as well as the problem of the "cult of personality" and of ideology (Wikipedia).

Category: Goffman

Tags: corporations , crime/law/deviance , foucault , goffman , government/the state , science/technology , theory , back stage, edward snowden, glenn greenwald, mass surveillance, n.s.a.,...

Stuart Hall (1932 - 2014) is best know as a cultural theorist and one of the founding figures of the rising school of thought often referred to as British Cultural Studies. Hall's work covers a broad range of issues, but he's been most consistent in articulating the way power works through cultural processes.

Stuart Hall (1932 - 2014) is best know as a cultural theorist and one of the founding figures of the rising school of thought often referred to as British Cultural Studies. Hall's work covers a broad range of issues, but he's been most consistent in articulating the way power works through cultural processes.

Zygmunt Bauman (1925-2017 ) is a Polish sociologist. Although his work on postmodern capitalism has been very influential, he is arguably most famous for his analysis of modernity & the Holocaust. Rather than a return to the barbarism, Bauman argued the Holocaust was not possible without modernity. By modernity he meant the modern concern w/ ordering, cataloging, creating & following rules, & the division of labor.

Zygmunt Bauman (1925-2017 ) is a Polish sociologist. Although his work on postmodern capitalism has been very influential, he is arguably most famous for his analysis of modernity & the Holocaust. Rather than a return to the barbarism, Bauman argued the Holocaust was not possible without modernity. By modernity he meant the modern concern w/ ordering, cataloging, creating & following rules, & the division of labor.

The Frankfurt School has been associated with thinkers such as Weil, Benjamin, Horkheimer, Adorno, Marcuse and Habermas, and formed as a resistance to traditional sociological theories, especially Marxist ones.    Felix Weil (1898 - 1975) was a German Marxist who founded the Institute for Social Research in 1924, which was associated with the Frankfurt School.

The Frankfurt School has been associated with thinkers such as Weil, Benjamin, Horkheimer, Adorno, Marcuse and Habermas, and formed as a resistance to traditional sociological theories, especially Marxist ones. Felix Weil (1898 - 1975) was a German Marxist who founded the Institute for Social Research in 1924, which was associated with the Frankfurt School.

Norbert Elias (1897 – 1990) was a German sociologist, who is widely known as a founder of Figurational Sociology, which takes "figurations," or evolving networks of interdependent humans, as the fundamental unit of analysis.    In Elias' important book, The Civilizing Process, he tracks the history of the European habitus and details the social connections between power, behaviors, emotions, and knowledge over time.

Norbert Elias (1897 – 1990) was a German sociologist, who is widely known as a founder of Figurational Sociology, which takes "figurations," or evolving networks of interdependent humans, as the fundamental unit of analysis. In Elias' important book, The Civilizing Process, he tracks the history of the European habitus and details the social connections between power, behaviors, emotions, and knowledge over time.

There are no dangerous thoughts; thinking itself is dangerous. ~ Hannah Arendt (1906–1975)  was a political theorist. Arendt's work deals with the nature of power, and the subjects of politics, authority, and totalitarianism.

There are no dangerous thoughts; thinking itself is dangerous. ~ Hannah Arendt (1906–1975) was a political theorist. Arendt's work deals with the nature of power, and the subjects of politics, authority, and totalitarianism.

Immanuel Wallerstein (1930 - ) is the former President of the ISA and chair of the International Gulbenkian Commission on the Restructuring of the Social Sciences. He is best known for his writing in 3 domains of World-systems theory: the historical development of the modern world-system; the contemporary crisis of the capitalist world-economy; the structures of knowledge.

Immanuel Wallerstein (1930 - ) is the former President of the ISA and chair of the International Gulbenkian Commission on the Restructuring of the Social Sciences. He is best known for his writing in 3 domains of World-systems theory: the historical development of the modern world-system; the contemporary crisis of the capitalist world-economy; the structures of knowledge.

Immanuel Wallerstein (1930 - ) is the former President of the International Sociological Association (ISA) (1994-1998), and chair of the International Gulbenkian Commission on the Restructuring of the Social Sciences (1993-1995). He is best known for his writing in three domains of World-systems theory: the historical development of the modern world-system; the contemporary crisis of the capitalist world-economy; the structures of knowledge. Artist: Artist: Kevin Moore (www.mooretoons.com/)

The Sociological Cinema

Immanuel Wallerstein (1930 - ) is the former President of the International Sociological Association (ISA) (1994-1998), and chair of the International Gulbenkian Commission on the Restructuring of the...

Patricia Hill Collins (1948 - )  "To me feminism is not simply a struggle to end male chauvinism or a movement to ensure that women will have equal rights with men; it is a commitment to eradicating the ideology of domination that permeates Western culture on various levels—sex, race, and class,.."  in “Defining Black Feminist Thought” from Black Feminist Thought, 1990

The Sociological Cinema

Patricia Hill Collins (1948 - ) "To me feminism is not simply a struggle to end male chauvinism or a movement to ensure that women will have equal rights with men; it is a commitment to eradicating...

Thorstein Veblen (1857 - 1929)  Veblen was a noted economist and sociologist and a prominent leader of the institutional economics movement. He is widely known for his book, The Theory of the Leisure Class, where he famously discusses a phenomena he called Conspicuous consumption.

The Sociological Cinema

That time Thorstein Veblen (1857 - 1929) was on Jeopardy. "In 1899's 'The Theory of' this 'class' Thorstein Veblen coined the term 'Conspicuous Consumption'" Veblen was a noted economist and...