Crisis, Politics and Critical Sociology


As the first decade of the 21st century comes to a close, the world has entered a sustained period of crisis. In order to understand the forces that created our current social world, we need the tools provided by a critical sociology. This volume draws upon the work of contemporary critical sociologists searching for the roots of our present social and economic problems. Both prominent figures and emerging voices in sociology come together to offer insights into our present dilemmas from a critical perspective. The questions they ask and attempt to answer include: What is critical sociology? What is the significance of the new Obama administration? What tools do post-structuralism, postmodernism, feminism, and new forms of social theory offer critical discourse?

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Graham Cassano is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Oakland University, in Rochester Michigan and an associate editor of Critical Sociology. He publishes on social theory and the relationship of New Deal cinema to class formation in the US.

Richard “Ricardo” A. Dello Buono, Ph.D. (Boston College, 1986) in Social Economy, is Chair of the Department of Sociology, Manhattan College. He has lectured at various Latin American universities and his research areas include comparative social problems and Latin American/Caribbean Studies.
"Recommended for professional sociologists."
K. Kumar, Choice (August 2010).
On the Contributors
1. What is Critical Sociology?, Graham Cassano

2. Reflections on the Sociology Liberation Movement of 1968, Robert J. S. Ross
3. Scholarship from a Critical Perspective, David Fasenfest and Rhonda F. Levine
4. A Left Weberian Road to Identity Politics in the United States, James W. Russell

5. It’s Real! Racism, Color Blindness, Obama, and the Urgent Need for Social Movement Politics, Eduardo
Bonilla-Silva and Victor Ray

6. President Obama and Political Culture in the United States, Marco A. Gandásegui, Jr.
7. Martin Luther King’s Dream, Obama and Post Racial Society—Can We Yet Hope for a New
Narrative?, Rodney D. Coates

8. Why New Socialist Theory Needs Guy Debord: On the Practice of Radical Philosophy, Richard

9. The Case for a Critical Sociology of Religion, Warren S. Goldstein
10. Moving From Attitudes to Behavior: Using Social Infl uence to Understand Interpersonal Racial Oppression,
Chavella T. Pittman
11. Teletechnology and Internal Dialogue, Gordon Gauchat and Casey Borch
12. On Surveillance as a Solution to Security Issues, Vida Bajc
13. The Political Economy of School Violence in Trinidad: Towards a Caribbean Theory of Youth Crime, Daphne Phillips

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Everyone concerned with the current political and economic conditions in the US and world, especially those who are students of social change from a political economy perspective.