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Making Societies
The Historical Construction of Our World



February 2001 | 240 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
This book shows how the social constructions of time, space, race, gender and class intersect with each other to produce particular social phenomena that are enduring and significant for our society. Leading the reader through examples drawn from around the world, the author shows how these categories are social constructions; historically formed, ideologically loaded, and subject to change.
 
Illustrations: Figures and Table
 
About the Author and Publisher
 
Foreword
 
Preface
 
1. Constructing Historical Reality
What Is Intelligence and Why Does It Matter?

 
The Social Construction of Reality

 
The Process of Social Construction

 
Dominant Institutions and Power

 
Intersections

 
Conclusion

 
 
2. Time
Linear and Cyclical Time

 
The History of Time

 
Time as Quantity and Commodity

 
Conclusion

 
 
3. Space (coauthored with Patricia Ahmed)
Space as a Thing

 
The Earliest Known Conceptions of Space

 
Non-Anglo-European Conceptions of Space

 
Early Anglo-European Conceptions of Space

 
Toward a Contemporary Anglo-European Understanding of Space

 
Intersections

 
Conclusion

 
 
4. Race
The Paradox of Race

 
What Is Race?

 
Preracial Categories

 
From Preracial to Racial Categories

 
Whiteness

 
Reflexivity

 
Intersections

 
Conclusion

 
 
5. Gender
Is Anatomy Destiny?

 
Sex and Gender

 
The Logic of the Category

 
The History of Bodies

 
Changing Gender in Anglo-European Society

 
Masculinity

 
Homosexual and Homosocial Relations

 
Intersections

 
Conclusion

 
 
6. Class
The Meaning of Class

 
The Origins of Class-Based Societies

 
Feudalism

 
Capitalism

 
Property

 
Cultural Boundaries

 
Conclusion

 
 
7. Intersections Small and Large
The Home

 
Cities

 
Nation

 
Conclusion

 
 
References
 
Glossary/Index

Too advanced for an introductory course.

Dr ROGER GUY
Soci Soc Work Crim Just Dept, University of North Carolina - Pembroke
January 11, 2012

Course not offered because of budget cuts

Kenneth Wilson
Sociology Dept, East Carolina University
September 26, 2011

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