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  1. Readings: 5 items
    There are 3 core texts for this course
    1. The Condition of Postmodernity - David Harvey 1990

      Book Essential

    2. From Post-Industrial to Post-Modern Society - Krishan Kumar 2005 (electronic book)

      Book Essential

    3. Social Theory in the Real World - Steven Miles 2001

      Book Essential

    4. Social Theory in the Real World - Steven Miles 2001 (electronic book)

      Book Essential

  2. Electronic Sources: 10 items
    There are a large number of electronic journals available through the library. These include:
    1. And numerous others; you will find these particularly useful for your essays and presentations.

  3. Term 1 147 items
    1. Week 1. Induction Week 0 items
      No Lectures/Seminars
    2. Week 2. Introduction & Overview of the Course 9 items
      1. Key Readings: 4 items
      2. Further Readings 5 items
        1. Postmodernization: change in advanced society - Stephen Crook, Jan Pakulski, Malcolm Waters 1992

          Book Further Chapter 1

        2. Perspectives in Sociology - E. C Cuff, W. W Sharrock, D. W Francis 2006

          Book Further Chapter 14

        3. Perspectives in Sociology - E.C. Cuff, E.C. Cuff, and A.J. Dennis 2006

          Book Further Chapter 14

        4. The End of Organized Capitalism - Scott Lash, John Urry 1987

          Book Further Chapter 1

        5. A Short History of Sociological Thought - Alan Swingewood 2000

          Book Further Chapter 10, pp. 223-232.

    3. Week 3. Industrial Society 12 items
      1. Key Readings: 7 items
        1. Labor and Monopoly Capital: The Degradation of Work in the Twentieth Century - Harry Braverman 1998

          Book Essential The Sociology of Work - Chapter 5. A long book but a classic – this and related works are discussed in Sociology textbooks under the “the labour process”

        2. Social Theory in the Real World - Steven Miles 2001

          Book Essential Chapter 2

        3. Social Theory in the Real World - Steven Miles 2001

          Book Essential Chapter 2

      2. Further Readings: 4 items
        1. Working for Ford - Huw Beynon 1973

          Book Further Excellent study of British car workers.

        2. Alienation and Freedom - Bob Blauner 1964

          Book Further Classic study of alienation at work see especially Chapter 5 “The Auto Worker and the Assembly Line: Alienation Intensified.”

        3. The End of Organized Capitalism - Scott Lash, John Urry 1987

          Book Further Chapters 2-5

        4. The Nature of Work: An Introduction to Debates on the Labour Process - Paul Thompson 1989

          Book Further See especially Chapters 3, 4 & 5

      3. Other Sources: 1 item
        1. People's Century | On the Line

          Webpage Further Look at the People’s Century website for information on the programme on “Working on the Line”

    4. Week 4. The Consumer Society 19 items
      1. Key Readings: 4 items
        1. Consumer Culture and Postmodernism - Mike Featherstone 1991

          Book Essential Chapters 2, 4, 5 & 6

        2. Consumer Culture and Postmodernism - Mike Featherstone 2007 (electronic book)

          Book Essential Chapters 2, 4, 5 & 6

        3. Enchanting a Disenchanted World: Continuity and Change in the Cathedrals of Consumption - George Ritzer, Dawsonera 2010 (electronic resource)

          Book Essential Chapters 1, 2, 3

      2. Further Readings 15 items
        1. Consumption - Alan Aldridge 2003

          Book Further

        2. Consuming Life - Zygmunt Bauman 2007

          Book Further

        3. Consuming Life - Zygmunt Bauman, Dawsonera PDA 2007 (electronic book)

          Book Further

        4. Consumption - Robert Bocock 1993

          Book Further

        5. Consumption - Robert Bocock, Dawsonera 1993 (electronic book)

          Book Further

        6. The Consumption Reader - David B. Clarke, Marcus A. Doel, Kate M. L. Housiaux 2003

          Book Further

        7. The consumer society reader - Juliet Schor, Douglas B. Holt 2000

          Book Further

        8. Consumption and its Consequences - Daniel Miller 2012

          Book Further

        9. Consumption and its Consequences - Daniel Miller, Dawsonera PDA 2012 (electronic book)

          Book Further

        10. Consumer Culture - Celia Lury 2011

          Book Further

        11. Consumer Culture: History, Theory and Politics - Roberta Sassatelli 2007

          Book Further

        12. Consumer Culture: History, Theory and Politics - Roberta Sassatelli, Dawsonera 2007 (electronic book)

          Book Further

    5. Week 5. Crisis in Capitalism: General Theory of Crisis 17 items
      1. Key Readings 6 items
        1. Legitimation crisis - Jurgen Habermas 1988

          Book Essential

        2. This is a difficult text – to help you understand the main arguments use an accessible work such as Held, D. (1980) Introduction to Critical Theory or Outhwaite, W. (1994) Habermas: A Critical Introduction. Chpts 4, 5, 6 - listed below.

        3. Habermas: A Critical Introduction - William Outhwaite 2009

          Book Recommended Chapters 4, 5, 6

      2. On contemporary crisis of capitalism: 6 items
        1. Hard Times: Inequality, Recession, Aftermath - Tom Clark, A. F. Heath 2015 (electronic book)

          Book Further

        2. Social Resilience in the Neoliberal Era - Canadian Institute for Advanced Research 2013

          Book Further

        3. The Enigma Of Capital - Professor David Harvey - Part 1 - London School of Economics - YouTube

          Audio-visual document Further Harvey gave a lecture based on his book at the LSE – the first part is linked here

        4. After the Crisis - Alain Touraine 2014

          Book Further

      3. Further Readings: 5 items
        1. Critical Theory, Marxism and Modernity - Douglas Kellner 1989

          Book Further 7.2 & 8.2, 8.3.

        2. A Crisis of Mass Production - R Meegan

          Chapter Further

        3. Uneven Re-Development: Cities and Regions in Transition : A Reader - Doreen Massey, John Allen, Open University 1988

          Book Further Chapters 1 & 3

        4. To jog your memory from the 1st year have a look at: 2 items
          1. Marx in His Own Words - Ernst Fischer, Anna Bostock 1973

            Book Further Chapter 8

    6. Week 6. The Transition to Post-Industrial Society I: Non-Crisis Theories 11 items
      1. Key Readings: 2 items
        1. The Coming of Post-Industrial Society: A Venture in Social Forecasting - Daniel Bell 1999

          Book Essential Especially Chapter 3

        2. Social Theory in the Real World - Steven Miles 2001

          Book Essential Chapter 3

      2. Further Readings 7 items
        1. Theories of the Information Society - Frank Webster 2006

          Book Further Chapter 3

      3. Journals 1 item
      4. Other Sources 1 item
        1. Retro Future Website

          Website Further For how the future Society was seen from an optimistic technocratic view have a look at the Retro Future website

    7. Week 8. The Transition to Post-Industrial Society II: Crisis and Post-Crisis Theories 17 items
      1. Key Readings: 2 items
        1. The Condition of Postmodernity: An Enquiry Into the Origins of Cultural Change - David Harvey 1990

          Book Essential Part 11, Chapters 9, 10, 11

      2. On contemporary crisis of capitalism: 6 items
        1. After the Crisis - Alain Touraine 2014

          Book Further

        2. Hard Times: Inequality, Recession, Aftermath - Tom Clark, A. F. Heath 2015 (electronic book)

          Book Further

      3. Further Readings: 8 items
        1. The End of Organized Capitalism - Scott Lash, John Urry 1987

          Book Further Chapters 7 & 8

        2. Economies of Signs and Space - Scott Lash, John Urry 1994

          Book Further Chapter 1

        3. Social Theory in the Real World - Steven Miles 2001

          Book Further Chapter 4

        4. Social Theory in the Real World - Steven Miles 2001

          Book Further Chapter 4

      4. Journals: 1 item
    8. Week 9. The Global Society? 16 items
      1. Key Readings: 7 items
        1. Runaway world: how globalisation is reshaping our lives - Anthony Giddens 2003

          Book Essential Chapter 1

        2. Runaway World: How Globalisation Is Reshaping Our Lives - Anthony Giddens 2002 (electronic resource)

          Book Essential Chapter 1

        3. BBC - Radio 4 - Reith Lectures 1999 - Runaway World

          Webpage Essential The original lectures that the above book is based on can be found here.

        4. Social Theory in the Real World - Steven Miles 2001

          Book Essential Chapter 8

        5. Social Theory in the Real World - Steven Miles 2001

          Book Essential Chapter 8

        6. What Is Globalization? - K White, R Robertson

          Chapter Essential

        7. What Is Globalization? - K White, R Robertson

          Chapter Essential

      2. Further Readings: 9 items
        1. Globalization: A Critical Introduction - Jan Aart Scholte 2005

          Book Further Especially ‘Introduction’ and Part 1

        2. Globalization : A Critical Introduction

          Book Further Especially ‘Introduction’ and Part 1

        3. The Rise of the Network Society - Manuel Castells 2010

          Book Further Incredibly influential but very long.

        4. The Rise of the Network Society - Manuel Castells 2010 (electronic resource)

          Book Further Incredibly influential but very long.

        5. Globalization: The Making of World Society - Frank J. Lechner 2009

          Book Further

        6. The Globalization Reader - Frank J. Lechner, John Boli 2008

          Book Further Dip into the parts that interest you but read Sklair “Sociology of the Global System”.

        7. A Brief History of Globalization: The Untold Story of Our Incredible Shrinking Planet - Alex MacGillivray 2006

          Book Further Dip into the relevant parts.

        8. Theories of the Information Society - Frank Webster 2006

          Book Further Chapter 5

    9. Week 10. Restructuring of the Social Order I: The Changing Class Structure 16 items
      1. Key Readings: 5 items
        1. Social Class in Modern Britain - Gordon Marshall, David Rose, Howard Newby, Carolyn M. Vogler 1988

          Book Essential Chapters 2, 4, 5

        2. Social Class in Modern Britain - Gordon Marshall 2005 (electronic book)

          Book Essential Chapters 2, 4, 5

        3. Critiques in 'Sociology' 2014

          Audio-visual document Essential

      2. Other Readings: 11 items
        1. The Contemporary British Society Reader - Nicholas Abercrombie, Alan Warde 2001

          Book Further Chapters 4, 5, 6

        2. The Contemporary British Society Reader - Nicholas Abercrombie, Alan Warde 2001

          Book Further Excerpts 6, 7 & 8

        3. The Mobility Problem in Britain: New Findings From the Analysis of Birth Cohort Data - Erzsébet Bukodi, John H. Goldthorpe, Lorraine Waller, Jouni Kuha 2015

          Article Further

        4. Class and Stratification - Rosemary Crompton 2008

          Book Further Chapters 3, 4, 5

        5. Breadline Britain: the rise of mass poverty - Stewart Lansley, Joanna Mack 2015

          Book Further

        6. The End of Organized Capitalism - Scott Lash, John Urry 1987

          Book Further Chapters 4, 7

        7. Classic and Contemporary Readings in Sociology - Ian Marsh, Rosie Campbell, Mike Keating 1998

          Book Further Excerpts 27-30

        8. Classic and Contemporary Readings in Sociology - Dawsonera (electronic book)

          Book Further Excerpts 27-30

        9. Methodological Innovations Online - G Payne

          Webpage Further Models of Contemporary Social Class: the Great British Class Survey

        10. Class in modern Britain - Kenneth Roberts 2001

          Book Further Chapters 3, 4, 5, 6, 8.

    10. Week 11. Restructuring of the Social Order II: The Decline of the Working Class and the Emergence of the Underclass or the Rise of Social Exclusion? 17 items
      1. Key Readings: 4 items
          • Also available at: https://web.archive.org/web/20170516211747/http://www.open.ac.uk/poverty/pdf/poverty-and-social-exclusion_chap2.pdf

        1. The Emerging British Underclass - Charles Murray 1990

          Book Essential

      2. Further Readings: 13 items
        1. Social Exclusion - David Byrne 2005

          Book Further

        2. Class and Stratification - Rosemary Crompton 2008

          Book Further Chapter 8

        3. Poverty: The Facts - Alison Garnham, Marilyn Howard 2001

          Book Further

        4. Classic and Contemporary Readings in Sociology - Ian Marsh et al 1998

          Book Further excerpts 27-30

        5. Rediscovering the Underclass - Robert Moore

          Chapter Further

        6. Underclass: The Crisis Deepens - Charles Murray 1994

          Book Further

        7. Class in Modern Britain - Kenneth Roberts 2001

          Book Further Chpt 4

        8. The Precariat: The New Dangerous Class - Guy Standing 2014

          Book Further

        9. A couple of accounts by journalists on the experience of low paid employment:

        10. Hard Work: Life in Low-Pay Britain - Polly Toynbee 2003

          Book Further

    11. Week 12. Restructuring of the Social Order III: The State, Social Provision and Collective Consumption 13 items
      1. Key Readings: 3 items
        1. City, Class, and Power - Manuel Castells 1978

          Book Essential Chapter 2

        2. Social Theory and the Urban Question - Peter Saunders 1986

          Book Essential

      2. Further Readings: 10 items
        1. Are Social Classes Dying? - Terry Clark, Seymour Lipset

          Chapter Further

        2. Are Social Classes Dying? - Terry Clark, Seymour Lipset 2014 (electronic resource)

          Chapter Further

        3. The Changing Social Structure - Chris Hamnett et al 1989

          Book Further Chapter 6

        4. Hard Times: Inequality, Recession, Aftermath - Tom Clark, A. F. Heath 2015

          Book Further

        5. Hard Times: Inequality, Recession, Aftermath - Tom Clark, A. F. Heath 2015 (electronic book)

          Book Further

          • And also the Book Review Symposium

        6. The Persistence of Classes in Post-Industrial Societies - Mike Hout et al 2014 (electronic resource)

          Chapter Further

        7. Divided Nation: Social and Cultural Change in Britain: A Reader - Lina McDowell et al 1989

          Book Further Section V. (especially extract by Saunders)

  4. Term 2 110 items
    1. Lecture 1. The Culture of Modernity 16 items
      1. Readings: 4 items
        A basic understanding of such classic works are necessary for understanding later arguments on the development of Western capitalism.
        1. Manifesto of the Communist Party - Karl Marx 1888

          Book Essential

        2. The Communist Manifesto - Karl Marx, , Friedrich Engels, , and Jodi Dean 2017

          Book Essential

        3. The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism - Max Weber, Talcott Parsons, Anthony Giddens 1930 (electronic book)

          Book Essential

      2. Key Readings: 4 items
        1. The Cultural Contradictions of Capitalism - Daniel Bell 1996

          Book Recommended Chapter 1

        2. From Post-Industrial to Post-Modern Society - Krishan Kumar 1995

          Book Recommended Chapter 4

        3. From Post-Industrial to Post-Modern Society - Krishan Kumar 2005

          Book Recommended Chapter 5

        4. From Post-Industrial to Post-Modern Society - Krishan Kumar 2005 (electronic book)

          Book Essential Chapter 5

      3. Further Readings: 8 items
        1. Extract 36. 'Them' and 'Us' - R Hoggart

          Chapter Further

        2. Extract 18. The Making of Class - E.P. Thompson

          Chapter Further

        3. Extract 19. Class and Class Struggle - E.P. Thompson

          Chapter Further

    2. Lecture 2. Criticisms of Modernity 11 items
      1. Key Readings: 5 items
        1. The Cultural Contradictions of Capitalism - Daniel Bell 1979

          Book Essential Chapter 1

        2. Perspectives in Sociology - E. C Cuff, W. W Sharrock, D. W Francis 2006

          Book Essential Chapter 8

        3. Perspectives in Sociology - E.C. Cuff, E.C. Cuff, and A.J. Dennis 2006

          Book Essential Chapter 8

      2. Further Readings: 6 items
        1. Classical Social Theory - Ian Craib 2011

          Book Further pp. 123-127.

        2. Marx in His Own Words - Ernst Fischer, Anna Bostock 1973

          Book Further Chapters 3 & 4

        3. The Condition of Postmodernity - David Harvey 1990

          Book Further Chapter 2

        4. Introduction to Critical Theory: Horkheimer to Habermas - David Held 2004 (electronic resource)

          Book Further Chapter 2

        5. Daniel Bell - Malcolm Waters 1996

          Book Further

    3. Lecture 3. Explosion of the Popular 14 items
      1. Key Readings: 4 items
        1. The Culture Industry: Enlightenment as Mass Deception - T Adorno, M Horkheimer

          Chapter Essential

        2. The Uses of Literacy - Richard Hoggart

          Chapter Essential

        3. The Uses of Literacy - Richard Hoggart

          Chapter Essential

      2. Further Readings: 10 items
        1. The Culture Industry: Selected Essays on Mass Culture - Theodor W. Adorno, J. M. Bernstein 2001

          Book Further

        2. Perspectives in Sociology - E. C Cuff, W. W Sharrock, D. W Francis 2006

          Book Further Chapter 8

        3. Perspectives in Sociology - E.C. Cuff, E.C. Cuff, and A.J. Dennis 2006

          Book Further Chapter 8

        4. Introduction to Critical Theory: Horkheimer to Habermas - David Held 2004 (electronic resource)

          Book Further Chapter 3

        5. Social Theory in the Real World - Steven Miles 2001

          Book Further Chapter 2

        6. Social Theory in the Real World - Steven Miles 2001

          Book Further Chapter 2

        7. Cultural Theory and Popular Culture: An Introduction - John Storey 2018

          Book Further Section 4: Marxism

        8. Cultural Theory and Popular Culture: An Introduction - John Storey 2012 (electronic book)

          Book Further Section 4: Marxism

    4. Lecture 4 & 5. Cultural Change: The Assault on Respectability and Authority 8 items
      Lecture 4 will be a video on the 1960s and Lecture 5 will be the sociological analysis of the Cultural changes.
      1. Key Readings 2 items
        1. "Takin' It to the Streets": A Sixties Reader - Alexander Bloom, Wini Breines 2015

          Book Essential A marvellous collection although all American material – dip into the parts which interest you.

        2. A Sociology of Contemporary Cultural Change - Bernice Martin 1981

          Book Essential

      2. Further Readings: 6 items
        1. The Movement and the Sixties - Terry H. Anderson 1996

          Book Further Major study of the political aspects of the American youth movements.

        2. All Dressed Up: The Sixties and the Counterculture - Jonathon Green 1999

          Book Further A lot of good British material in this detailed work.

        3. The Sixties: Cultural Revolution in Britain, France, Italy, and the United States, 1958-1974 - Arthur Marwick 1998

          Book Further Chapters 11, 12, 13 & 14. Best comparative study.

        4. The Frankfurt School: Its History, Theories and Political Significance - Rolf Wiggershaus, Michael Robertson 1994

          Book Further Chapter 8 section The Critical Theorists and the Student Movement

    5. Lecture 6. Explaining the New I: Postmodernism – Baudrillard and Hyperreality 16 items
      1. Key Readings: 5 items
        1. Simulacra and Simulation - Jean Baudrillard 1994

          Book Essential

        2. The Condition of Postmodernity - David Harvey 1990

          Book Essential Chapter 3

      2. Further Readings: 11 items
        1. Postmodernity - Barry Smart 1993

          Book Further

        2. Postmodernity - Barry Smart 1993 (electronic resource)

          Book Further

        3. Social Theory and the Postmodern - S Crook

          Chapter Further Look for other relevant chapters

        4. Social Theory and the Postmodern - S Crook

          Chapter Further Look for other relevant chapters

        5. Perspectives in Sociology - E. C Cuff, W. W Sharrock, D. W Francis 2006

          Book Further Chapter 12

        6. Perspectives in Sociology - E.C. Cuff, E.C. Cuff, and A.J. Dennis 2006

          Book Further Chapter 12

        7. Consumer Culture and Postmodernism - Mike Featherstone 1991

          Book Further Chapters 2 & 3

        8. Consumer Culture and Postmodernism - Mike Featherstone 2007 (electronic book)

          Book Further Chapters 2 & 3

        9. The Polity Reader in Social Theory 1994

          Book Further Excerpts 36 & 38

        10. Social Theory in the Real World - Steven Miles 2001

          Book Further Chapter 5 - A Post-Modern Society?

        11. Social Theory in the Real World - Steven Miles 2001

          Book Further Chapter 5 - A Post-Modern Society?

    6. Lecture 7. Explaining the New II: Late Modernity or Liquid Modernity? 10 items
      1. Key Readings 2 items
        1. Liquid Modernity - Zygmunt Bauman 2000

          Book Essential Especially the Foreword: On Being Light & Liquid

        2. The Consequences of Modernity - Anthony Giddens 1990

          Book Essential Especially Section I

      2. Further Readings: 8 items
        Both Giddens & Bauman have written extensively on the nature of contemporary society, there are numerous books by both thinkers in the library.
        1. The Giddens Reader - Philip Cassell 1993

          Book Further

        2. Cultural Theory and Late Modernity - Johan Fornäs 1995

          Book Further

        3. The Condition of Postmodernity - David Harvey 1990

          Book Further Chapter 3

        4. Detraditionalization: Critical Reflections on Authority and Identity - Paul Heelas, Scott Lash, Paul Morris 1995

          Book Further Large collection dip into the parts that interest you

    7. Lecture 8. Modernity, Postmodernism and the Changing Sources of Identity 8 items
      1. Key Readings: 2 items
        1. Consumer Culture and Postmodernism - Mike Featherstone 1991

          Book Essential Chapters 4, 5, 6 & 7

        2. Consumer Culture and Postmodernism - Mike Featherstone 2007 (electronic resource)

          Book Essential Chapters 4, 5, 6 & 7

      2. Other Readings: 6 items
        1. The Question of Cultural Identity - Stuart Hall

          Chapter Further

        2. Consumption, Tribes and Identity - K Hetherington

          Chapter Further

        3. Postmodern Blackness - B Hook

          Chapter Further

        4. Postmodernism and Popular Culture - Angela McRobbie 1994

          Book Further Chapters 3 & 4

        5. Postmodernism and Popular Culture - Angela McRobbie 1994 (electronic book)

          Book Further Chapters 3 & 4

    8. Lecture 9. The Strange Case of Religion 10 items
      1. Key Readings: 3 items
      2. Further Readings: 7 items
        1. Religion in Modern Britain - Steve Bruce 1995

          Book Further

        2. The Easternization of the West - Colin Campbell 2007

          Book Further

        3. The New Age Movement - Paul Heelas 1996

          Book Further

        4. Religion, Modernity and Postmodernity - Paul Heelas et al 1998

          Book Further

    9. Lecture 10. The Wired Society 17 items
      1. Key Readings: 3 items
        1. An Introduction to Cybercultures - David Bell 2001

          Book Essential

        2. An Introduction to Cybercultures - David Bell 2001 (electronic book)

          Book Essential

      2. Further Readings: 10 items
        1. The Cybercultures Reader - David Bell, Barbara M. Kennedy 2007

          Book Further a large collection; dip into those parts that interest you

        2. From Barbie to Mortal Kombat: Gender and Computer Games - Justine Cassell, Henry Jenkins 2000

          Book Further

        3. Chess for Girls? Feminism & Computer Games - Justine Cassell, Henry Jenkins

          Chapter Further

        4. The Rise of the Network Society - Manuel Castells 2010

          Book Further

        5. The Rise of the Network Society - Manuel Castells 2010 (electronic book)

          Book Further

        6. The Video Game Theory Reader - Mark J. P. Wolf, Bernard Perron 2003

          Book Further Worth dipping into for chapters that are of interest to you

        7. The Video Game Theory Reader - Mark J. P. Wolf, Bernard Perron 2003 (electronic book)

          Book Further worth dipping into those chapters that are of interest to you.

      3. Social Media 4 items
        1. Social Media: A Critical Introduction - Christian Fuchs 2013 (electronic book)

          Book Recommended

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