Sociology: right before your eyes

December 31, 2009

Posted by: Chad M. Gesser

Twitter: @profgesser

Email: chad.gesser@kctcs.edu

Sociology is a relatively young academic discipline. Through the various specialties and considerations of Sociology can be found three primary contributors: Karl Marx, Emile Durkheim, and Max Weber.

It’s interesting to note that much of their influence can be traced to the same era: the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th centuries. Mention and review of their major contributions can be found early on in most Introduction to Sociology textbooks, and can be found often in the most unlikely of places.

The following are recent popular culture references of these major sociological contributors, some of them might surprise you!

Karl Marx: from Venezuela, “Chavez says Obama ‘illusion’ over”; from Israel, via Los Angeles, “Religion everywhere

Emile Durkheim: from the semi-popular Festivus tradition from the comedy series Sienfeld, “What’s the Fuss Over Festivus?”; from England,
Musical or not, you can’t beat belting out a good tune

Max Weber: from Jerusalem, “Obama’s tragic sense of war and peace”; from Knoxville, TN, “Experts in their fields look at the millennium and where they think it’s heading”; from Sri Lanka “Presidential election and Charismatic Leadership

As you read about Marx, Durkheim, and Weber, do their ideas and findings resonate or appear meaningful? Reading about other major contributors, what particular contributors and ideas or works do you find appealing or interesting?

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