ANGR 273: General Theory
Spring 1998

Professor: Roy G. D’Andrade

WEEK ONE: Background -- Utilitarianism
Collins, "The Rational/Utilitarian Tradition"; Alexander, "What is Theory?".

Selections from Karl Marx & Friedrich Engels: Marx, "The Grundrisse".
Engels, "Working Class Manchester", "The origin of the family. private property, and the state";
Morrison, "Karl Marx".

WEEK THREE: Durkheim
Emile Durkheim, The Division of Labor in Society.
Jones, Emile Durkheim.

Selections from Max Weber: "The fundamental concepts of sociology", "Structures of power", "Class, status, party", "The sociology of charismatic authority", "The meaning of discipline", "The social psychology of the world religions", "The protestant sects and the spirit of capitalism", "Religious rejections of the world and their directions", "National character and the Junkers".
Collins, Max Weber.

WEEK FIVE: Parsons
Selections from Talcott Parsons: "The motivation of economic activities", "Age and sex in the social structure of the United States";
Alexander, "Parson's First Synthesis", "Structural Functionalism", "The Middle Phase", "The Theory of Successful Modernity"; Verdery, "What was socialism and why did it fall?".

Selections from Melford E. Spiro, Culture and Human Nature.

WEEK SEVEN: Reports on Other Theorists
Marshal Sahlins, by Margie Burton
David Schneider, by Imme Petersen
Victory Turner, by Bambi Chapin

WEEK EIGHT: Reports on Other Theorists
Julian Steward (multilinear cultural evolution), by Timothy Knickerbocker
Harvey (geography of postmodernity), by Zach Orend

WEEK NINE: Reports on Other Theorists
Claude Levi-Strauss, by Cage Hall
Antonio Gramsci, by April Leininger
Michel Foucault, by Barak Green
Pierre Bourdieu, by Nicole Peterson

WEEK TEN: Reports on Other Theorists.
Bronislaw Malinowski, by Margaret Rance.
Roy D'Andrade: Towards the reconstruction of general theory

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Last updated: 19 March 1999.

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