Tag: social theory

  • The Condition of Postmodernity, Chapter 1 Summary

    The Condition of Postmodernity, Chapter 1 Summary

    A summary of chapter one of David Harvey’s (1989) Condition of Postmodernity

  • Bauman’s ‘The Individualised Society’ – A Summary of the Preface

    It may sound odd doing a summary of a preface, but there is a lot of heavy stuff in here…. According to Bauman ‘Sociology can help us link our individual decisions and actions to the deeper cause of our troubles and fears – to the way we live, to the conditions under which we act,…

  • Summary of Zygmunt Bauman’s ‘The Individualised Society’ (part 1/3)

    Chapter One  – The Rise and Fall of Labour This chapter explains that the decline of the labour movement is due the extraterritorial power of Capital. The industrial revolution led to labour being uprooted from its age old link to nature and then becoming tied to capital in commodity form, thus it could be bought…

  • Sociological Perspectives in Five Shapes

    If you could represent the five sociological perspectives in sociology as five shapes, I think they’d look something like this: Functionalism – a rectangle as it emphasizes structure and order. Marxism – a triangle to represent the class structure, Bourgeoisie on the top, Proletariat on the bottom. Feminism – had to be an egg shape,…

  • Bourdieu’s Structuration Theory

    Bourdieu didn’t like the label ‘social theorist’ because he insisted that there was a fundamentally important relationship between empirical data, research methods and ‘theory’. He was not interested in making grand theoretical claims, but rather was engaged in examining particular substantive areas (fields) of social life that existed at particular times and places, such as…

  • Structuration Theory – A Summary

    From a structurationist perspective, a social theory must explain both social reproduction (social order being reproduced over time by people continuing to act in ways inherited from the past) and social transformation (how social order is changed by people, intentionally or unintentionally, through their interactions. Structuration theory seeks to overcome what it sees as the…

  • Modernism and Postmodernism – What’s the Difference?

    Modernism and Postmodernism – What’s the difference? The table below is taken from David Harvey’s Condition of Postmodernity (in turn taken from Hassan 1985). Harvey suggests that its a useful tool which helps us to see how postmodernity is, in some ways, a reaction to modernity. I cut out a few of the more hectic…

  • Zygmunt Bauman’s Consuming Life (2007): Chapter One

    A summary of Zygmunt Bauman’s Consuming Life (2007), chapter one: Consumerism versus Consumption

  • Stuff by Daniel Miller – A Summary

    A summary of Stuff by the anthropologist Daniel Miller The premise of this book is that things make people as much as people make things. Following Bordieu, Miller argues that individuals learn to become members of society, not through formal education, but because they are inculcated into the general habits and dispositions of that society…

  • Sociological Theories of Consumerism and Consumption

    Many of us spend a lot of time thinking about the things we might consume, and how we might consume them, and we do this not only as individuals, but as friends, partners, and families, and so intensely do we think about our consumption practices that the things we buy and the experiences we engage…