Denny Hall Room 314
He is interested in social theory, cultural studies, gender, health and illness, and the sociology of knowledge. Publications have focused on the ethics of academic practice and poststructuralist thought. Current research focuses on the lives of adults with long-term chronic illness.
SOCI 313 From Hegemony to Symbolic Viol
Hegemony, counter-hegemony, anti-hegemony, even post-hegemony. Hegemony is a term we see and hear frequently in the social sciences and humanities. We even see it used sometimes in the popular press. But how many of us have more than a vague understanding of what it means and why it is being used? In this class we will return to the work of Italian political theorist Antonio Gramsci in order to better understand how and why he used the term in his attempts to understand the workings of political power. We’ll then think about it in relation to some more recent attempts to capture similar social phenomena, including the notion of symbolic violence offered by French social theorist Pierre Bourdieu. Along the way we’ll examine and critique the ways in which such terms are used in the social sciences and the popular press, and think about ways in which they capture peoples’ lived experiences and thus continue to have relevance today.
SOCI 330 Classical Sociological Theory
This course will examine alternative ways of understanding the human being, society, and culture as they have been presented in classical sociological theory (through 1925). It will focus on the theoretical logic of accounting for simple and complex forms of social life, interactions between social processes and individual and group identities, major and minor changes in society and culture, and the linkages between intimate and large-scale human experience. Prerequisite: 110 and one additional course in sociology, or permission of instructor. Offered every fall.