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Ritzer: Contemporary Sociological Theory Book Cover
Contemporary Sociological Theory and Its Classical Roots: The Basics
George Ritzer, University of Maryland

Modern Theories of Everyday Life

Chapter Outline

I. Dramaturgy (and Other Aspects of Symbolic Interaction): The Work of Erving Goffman

  1. Dramaturgy
    1. Self
    2. Impression Management
    3. Front Stage
    4. Setting
    5. Personal Front
    6. Appearance
    7. Manner
    8. Mystification
    9. Team
    10. Back Stage
    11. Outside
  2. Impression Management
  3. Biographical Vignette: Erving Goffman
  4. Role Distance
    1. Role Distance
  5. Stigma
    1. Virtual Social Identity
    2. Actual Social Identity
    3. Stigma
    4. Discredited Stigma
    5. Discreditable Stigma

II. Ethnomethodology and Conversation Analysis

  1. Defining Ethnomethodology
    1. Ethnomethodology
  2. Accounts
    1. Accounts
    2. Accounting
    3. Accounting Practices
  3. Biographical Vignette: Harold Garfinkel
  4. Some Examples
    1. Breaching Experiments
  5. Accomplishing Gender

III. Exchange Theory

  1. The Exchange Theory of George Homans
    1. Operant Conditioning
    2. Roots in Behaviorism
  2. Autobiographical Vignette: George Caspar Homans
  3. Basic Propositions
    1. Generalization
    2. Discrimination
    3. Rewards
    4. Punishments
    5. Cost
    6. Profit
    7. Utilities

IV. Rational Choice Theory

  1. A Skeletal Model
    1. Opportunity Costs
  2. Biographical Vignette: James S. Coleman
  3. Foundations of Social Theory

V. Feminist Theory and the Micro-Social Order

  1. Distinctive Characteristics of Women's Experience of the Micro-Order
  2. Biographical Vignette: Dorothy E. Smith
  3. Distinctive Characteristics of Women's Experience of Subjectivity
    1. Generalized Other
    2. Bifurcated Consciousness

VII. Summary

VIII. Suggested Readings