Tag: 2004 Spring

The Place of Rationality in Sociological Theory

Wolfgang Schluchter
"Action, Order, and Culture: An Outline of the Weberian Research Program"
March 2, 2004, 4:00PM, 206 Ingraham
"Ancient Judaism and the Disenchantment of the World: An Example of Application"
March 3, 2004, 4:00PM, 8417 Social Science
Seminar for Students and Faculty
March 4, 2004, 12:20PM, 8108 Social Science

    Wolfgang Schluchter is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Institut Für Soziologie at Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg. He is one of the world's foremost experts on the sociology of Max Weber and has written on a wide range of topics from a Weberian perspective, including the rise of rationalism in modern society, religious commitment in the modern world, and the intersection of interpretative sociology and systems theory. His publications in English include, The Rise of Western Rationalism: Max Weber's Developmental History (University of California, 1985); Rationalism, Religion, and Domination: A Weberian Perspective (University of California, 1989); Paradoxes of Modernity: Culture and Conduct in the Theory of Max Weber (Stanford University, 1996); Max Weber & Islam (Stanford University 1999), co-edited with Toby Huff; and Public Spheres and Collective Identities (Transaction 2001), co-edited with S. N. Eisenstadt.

Culture and Human Action

Richard Biernacki
"Back to Sociology's Origins: Contracts in the Protestant Ethic"
March 23, 2004, 4:00PM, 206 Ingraham
"Contradictory Schemas of Action: Manufacturing Intellectual Property"
March 24, 2004, 4:00PM, 8417 Social Science
Seminar for Students and Faculty
March 25, 2004, 12:20PM, 8108 Social Science

    Richard Biernacki is Associate Professor of Sociology at the Univeristy of California, San Diego. His empirical research has focused on the divergent paths of class formation in Nineteenth Century England and Germany and the consequences of these divergences for the culture and theory of work in both countries. Biernacki has written on questions of theory and method in historical sociology, and especially on how culture should be conceived and deployed in historical research. He is currently completing a book on social action in historical inquiry, which uses practice theory and linguistics to critique the teleological theories of action employed by most sociologists and economists. Publications include The Fabrication of Labor: Germany and Britain, 1640-1914 (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1995), “Language and the Shift from Signs to Practices in Cultural Inquiry,” History and Theory 39, 3 (2000) pp. 289-310 and Time, Place, Action:Ventures Beyond the Cultural Turn.

Utilitarianism Goes Po-Mo

Julia Adams
"Post-structuralist Foundations of Social Theory, or the Unknown James Coleman"
April 6, 2004, 4:00PM, 206 Ingraham
"Patriarchy and Strategy in Early Modern European Politics"
April 7, 2004, 4:00PM, 8417 Social Science
Seminar for Students and Faculty
April 8, 2004, 12:20PM, 8108 Social Science

Rationality and Culture

David Laitin
"An Equilibrium Theory of Culture"
April 13, 2004, 4:00PM, 206 Ingraham
"Endogenous Cultural Change"4/4
April 14, 2004, 4:00PM, 8417 Social Science
Seminar for Students and Faculty
April 15, 2004, 12:20PM, 8108 Social Science

David Laitin has taught at the University of California, San Diego and the University of Chicago, and is currently Professor of Political Science at Stanford University. He has written extensively on Africa and Eastern Europe, as well as on theory and method in the social sciences. He is best known for analyses of language politics in Somalia and the Baltic states, for his use of rational-choice theory to analyze cultural and linguistic identity and conflict, and for his spirited defense of formal modeling and methodological pluralism in the social sciences. Recent publications include Identity in Formation: the Russian-speaking Populations of the Near Abroad (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1998), (w. James Fearon) “Ethnicity, Insurgency, and Civil War,” American Political Science Review (2003), and “The Perestroikan Challenge to Social Science,” Politics and Society (2003).

The Lenin Problem: Transforming Economism

Margaret Levi
"Inducing Preferences within Organizations: The Case of Unions"
April 20, 2004, 4:00PM, 206 Ingraham
"Labor Power and Mobile Capital: The Market Geography of Solidarity"
February 21, 2004, 4:00PM, 8417 Social Science

Margaret Levi is the Jere L. Bacharach Professor of Political Science and International Studies at the University of Washington, Seattle. She has written extensively on the bases for and effects of trustworthy governance. Her publications include Bureaucratic Insurgency: The Case of Police Unions (Lexington:1977); Of Rule and Revenue (University of California Press, 1988); Consent, Dissent, and Patriotism (Cambridge University Press, 1997); The Limits of Rationality (University of Chicago, 1990), co-edited with Karen S. Cook; Governance and Trust (Russell Sage, 1998), co-edited with Valerie Braithwaite. In progress is a co-authored volume with Karen Cook and Russell Hardin, building on a multi-year Russell Sage Foundation project on trust. Concurrently, she is working on a range of issues having to do with labor unions and with global justice campaigns. Professor Levi is currently the president-elect of the American Political Science Association.