Earlier I had said that in Sociology, the Holy trinity is Marx, Durkheim, and Weber.

There could almost be a Holy Trinity of theories except the third is always in question. Conflict theory is usually traced back to Marx. Functionalism back to Durkheim. But while I posited Weber as a…

DuBois was an interesting character. Among other things he was the first African American to receive a PhD from Harvard, and he may have been the first Sociology PhD in the US. One of his first academic jobs was U Penn in Philadelphia, and it was there he did his…

Simmel I find to be a little all over the map. It’s hard to squeeze everything into one quarter chapter.

The book does mention his “types.” One thing to note here is he was close to how cognitive psychologists think people think. Humans have models of the world that are…

The last mini-lecture from the Holy Trinity is Weber (pronounced vaybur, because he was German).

The book focuses on his writings on several subjects , and the author of the textbook you’re using (Ritzer) is a famous modern Weberian. Ritzer’s work has focused on rationalism and bureaucracy in modern life…

Marx is a very loaded author, and I would encourage you to read some of him for yourselves. It’s loaded because people have strong opinions about the politics of Communisms, Socialism, and Capitalism. …

I’ve read a little Marx.

Fair enough, you guys are probably right, but a couple things bother me about this. Like I said, discussing communism vs socialism can be a rabbit hole of time suckage regarding semantic differences that don’t amount to much in the real world.

  1. Marx saw socialism…

Quotation:

“Although there is a great gap between the theories discussed in this book and the theories we all create every day, the point is that there is no essential difference between professional and lay theorizing.” (Ritzer & Stepinsky, p5)

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I think it’s fascinating…

Post Pandemic I expect a few things from higher ed. The students we have now will have grown up in a world of DuoLingo, Khan Academy, Coursera — they are going to know good online courses. They have also spent much of their lives in the virtual space. …

Watching Coronavirus play out over 2020, and all the hullabaloo surrounding it reminds me of something I am ashamed of us for.

The AIDS epidemic.

We can go ‘round and ‘round about to mask or not mask. But the one thing that sticks out from the ‘maskers’ is that to…

The world is indeed a troubling place, especially right now. I can see my oldsters getting frustrated and giving up. And it makes sense. My colleague, who spent 20 yrs in the air force as a colonel, and 20 years in higher ed, good churchgoing guy, changed churches because of…

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