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September 20, 2023

CRITIQUE Sociology Seminar Series – (Re)visiting Classical Sociological Theory , 10 October 2023 – 16 May 2024, 4:00pm

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What makes an academic article a classic? By metrics, it’s citations. And while what’s considered acceptable and what might be accepted in top journals – as well as the sheer number of journals – has changed, the theoretical contributions of these articles have important and in some cases problematic legacies worth understanding to contextualize their continuous relevance.

In this series, each month we will revisit (or perhaps visit for the first time) one of these articles, unpack its historical significance, and discuss its impact on subsequent and contemporary scholarship within and outside of the discipline. A faculty member whose work engages with the article or its subdiscipline will introduce it, discuss its contributions in the context of its era of publication, and chart its legacy on scholarship through the decades before transitioning to group discussion. Attendees are not required (but would benefit from) reading the article and are encouraged to consider how it may have influenced their own work. All will leave the seminar edified with a classic under their belt.

Series convener: Ari Stillman, a.stillman@sms.ed.ac.uk
Schedule (please note amendments to March/ May seminars) 
Date Time Title Discussant Reading Location
Oct 10 4pm Situated Action and Vocabularies of Motive (Mills) Jonathan Hearn Situated Action and Vocabularies of Motive (Mills) CMB 1.12 Practice Suite
Nov 30 4pm World Society and the Nation-State (Meyer) Tod Van Gunten World Society and the Nation-State (Meyer) Violet Laidlaw Room
Jan 25 4pm Culture and Action: Symbols and Strategies (Swidler) Lisa McCormick Culture and Action: Symbols and Strategies (Swidler) Conference Room 3.15
Feb 29

POSTPONED

4pm Urbanism as a Way of Life (Wirth) & Assessing Neighborhood Effects (Simpson) Liliana Riga Urbanism as a Way of Life (Wirth) & Assessing Neighborhood Effects (Simpson) Conference Room 3.15
Mar 28

(MOVED UP FROM MAY)

4pm Resource Mobilization and Social Movements (McCarthy and Zald) Chris Barrie Resource Mobilization and Social Movements (McCarthy and Zald) Conference Room 3.15
Apr 25 4pm Economic Action and Social Structure (Granovetter) Nathan Coombs Economic Action and Social Structure (Granovetter) Conference Room 3.15