Supplementary Sources

Introduction to Social Theory and General Sources

Lamert, Charles. 2017. Social Theory: The Multicultural, Global, and Classic Readings. “ Introduction--Social Theory: It’s Uses and Pleasures.” New York, NY: Routledge.
This introductory chapter highlights the practical importance of social theory to everyone’s life, arguing that we are all social theorists--even if we aren’t professionals--because we implicitly rely on theory to make sense of our social worlds.
Give Theory a Chance: Jacyln Wypler on Learning to Love Theory
In this podcast episode, PhD candidate Jaclyn Wypler reflects on how she shifted from an intense dislike of social theory to valuing and even enjoying it. Wypler highlights the practical value of social theory in shaping research like hers, which examines the experiences of queer farmers in the rural US.
Give Theory a Chance
This podcast features contemporary scholars discussing and reading from the work of influential theorists, including Du Bois, Goffman, Foucault, Weber, Said, and others.