On Symbols and Society

Author: Kenneth Burke,Joseph R. Gusfield

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226080789

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 342

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Kenneth Burke's innovative use of dramatism and dialectical method have made him a powerful critical force in an extraordinary variety of disciplines—education, philosophy, history, psychology, religion, and others. While most widely acclaimed as a literary critic, Burke has elaborated a perspective toward the study of behavior and society that holds immense significance and rich insights for sociologists. This original anthology brings together for the first time Burke's key writings on symbols and social relations to offer social scientists access to Burke's thought. In his superb introductory essay, Joseph R. Gusfield traces the development of Burke's approach to human action and its relationship to other similar sources of theory and ideas in sociology; he discusses both Burke's influence on sociologists and the limits of his perspective. Burke regards literature as a form of human behavior—and human behavior as embedded in language. His lifework represents a profound attempt to understand the implications for human behavior based on the fact that humans are "symbol-using animals." As this volume demonstrates, the work that Burke produced from the 1930s through the 1960s stands as both precursor and contemporary key to recent intellectual movements such as structuralism, symbolic anthropology, phenomenological and interpretive sociology, critical theory, and the renaissance of symbolic interaction.

Authors of Their Own Lives

Intellectual Autobiographies

Author: Bennett M. Berger

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520065567

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 503

View: 3628

Prominent sociologists discuss their mode of analyzing data, their writing styles, and the factors that led to their career selection

Kenneth Burke

Rhetoric and Ideology

Author: Stephen Bygrave

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134976186

Category: Philosophy

Page: 144

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Kenneth Burke: Rhetoric and Ideology is a lucid and accessible introduction to a major twentieth-century thinker those ideas have influenced fields as diverse as literary theory, philosophy, linguistics, politics and anthropology. Stephen Bygrave explores the content of Burke's vast output of work, focusing especially on his preoccupation with the relation between language, ideology and action. By considering Burke as a reader and writer of narratives and systems, Bygrave examines the inadequacies of earlier readings of Burke and unfolds his thought within current debates in Anglo-American cultural theory. This is an excellent re-evaluation of Burke's thought and valuble introduction to the impressive range of his ideas.

Political Islam and the Arab Uprising

Islamist Politics in Changing Times

Author: Fazzur Rahman Siddiqui

Publisher: SAGE Publications India

ISBN: 9386042185

Category: Political Science

Page: 364

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Traces the changing trajectory of Arab politics through the Arab uprising Delving into the history of political Islam in the colonial period, this book shows how the idea of modernity, intense interaction, contestation and engagement between Islamist forces and the emerging democratic voices in the region have contributed to the recent Arab uprising. While investigating the role of religion in shaping the unfolding political situation in the Arab world it also discusses the future of political Islam. This is an ethnographic study encompassing the contestation between political Islam and the secular polity of the past and present, as well as the reconciliation between post-Arab spring politics and new Islamist forces in the region.

On Charisma and Institution Building

Author: Max Weber

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226877242

Category: Social Science

Page: 313

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This selection from Max Weber's writings presents his variegated work from one central focus, the relationship between charisma on the one hand, and the process of institution building in the major fields of the social order such as politics, law, economy, and culture and religion on the other. That the concept of charisma is crucially important for understanding the processes of institution building is implicit in Weber's own writings, and the explication of this relationship is perhaps the most important challenge which Weber's work poses for modern sociology. Max Weber on Charisma and Institution Building is a volume in "The Heritage of Sociology," a series edited by Morris Janowitz. Other volumes deal with the writings of George Herbert Mead, William F. Ogburn, Louis Wirth, W. I. Thomas, Robert E. Park, and the Scottish Moralists—Adam Smith, David Hume, Adam Ferguson, and others.

New Models In Geography

Author: PhD Richard Peet,Professor Nigel Thrift

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317853784

Category: Science

Page: 408

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First published in 1989. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Sociological Theory

Author: Bert N. Adams,R. A. Sydie

Publisher: Pine Forge Press

ISBN: 9780761985570

Category: Social Science

Page: 612

View: 5890

This concise text, covers both classical and contemporary social thought. It traces the major schools of thought over the past 150 years as they appear and reappear in different chapters and looks at important new voices in social theory. The treatment of individual theories and theorists is balanced with the development of key themes and ideas about social life.

Classical Sociological Theory

Author: Bert N. Adams,R A Sydie

Publisher: SAGE Publications

ISBN: 1452264481

Category: Social Science

Page: 384

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A concise, yet surprisingly comprehensive theory text, given the range of ideas, historical context, and theorists discussed. Unlike other books of the type, Classical Sociological Theory focuses on how the pivotal theories contributed not only to the development of the field, but also to the evolution of ideas concerning social life.

Symbols that Bind, Symbols that Divide

The Semiotics of Peace and Conflict

Author: Scott L. Moeschberger,Rebekah A. Phillips DeZalia

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 3319054643

Category: Psychology

Page: 222

View: 9506

This work explores the function of both divisive and uniting symbols in various conflict settings around the world. It takes a fairly broad perspective on what constitutes a symbol, to include objects such as flags, signs, language, and monuments, all of which convey conflicting meanings in a society affected by conflict. In addition, the authors include commemorations and other dynamic events that serve as a means for groups or individuals to connect with past generations, celebrate a heritage, and possibly express religiosity. In order to provide context for the nuances surrounding the symbols, there are brief historical overviews for each conflict featured in the volume. In each chapter, three issues are emphasized: the particular symbols that are divisive in the specific culture; how these symbols were used to perpetuate conflict; and how these symbols can be used or modified to bring unification. Contributions come from authors from around the world that have conducted empirical studies on intergroup relationships or have provided significant academic contributions in the area of symbols and collective memories represented in theoretical publications. Taken together, the contents of the volume provide a rich tapestry of intellectual analyses to the diverse selection of conflict settings from around the globe. In addition to the nine case studies, there is an introductory chapter, which grounds the discussion in current peace psychology literature as well as provides future directions. This volume is a valuable resource to many, as the focus on symbols can span many disciplines such as political science, anthropology, sociology, psychology, and art. Furthermore, it is of significant interest to all scholars and peace activists studying these various countries and their conflicts.

From Plato to NATO

The Idea of the West and Its Opponents

Author: David Gress

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 0684827891

Category: History

Page: 610

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Presents a history of Western civilization's origins and identity

The Tempest

Third Series

Author: William Shakespeare,Virginia Mason Vaughan,Alden T. Vaughan

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1903436087

Category: Drama

Page: 366

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A new edition of The Tempest which brings alive the rich interpretative possibilities of this most popular play.

Remembering the Alamo

Memory, Modernity, and the Master Symbol

Author: Richard R. Flores

Publisher: University of Texas Press

ISBN: 9780292725409

Category: Social Science

Page: 192

View: 8532

"Remember the Alamo!" reverberates through Texas history and culture, but what exactly are we remembering? Over nearly two centuries, the Mexican victory over an outnumbered band of Alamo defenders has been transformed into an American victory for the love of liberty. Why did the historical battle of 1836 undergo this metamorphosis in memory and mythology to become such a potent master symbol in Texan and American culture? In this probing book, Richard Flores seeks to answer that question by examining how the Alamo's transformation into an American cultural icon helped to shape social, economic, and political relations between Anglo and Mexican Texans from the late nineteenth to the mid-twentieth centuries. In the first part of the book, he looks at how the attempts of heritage society members and political leaders to define the Alamo as a place have reflected struggles within Texas society over the place and status of Anglos and Mexicans. In the second part, he explores how Alamo movies and the transformation of Davy Crockett into an Alamo hero/martyr have advanced deeply racialized, ambiguous, and even invented understandings of the past.

Sociology

Author: George Andrew Lundberg

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Sociology

Page: 771

View: 6954