Notions of social integration and social order are constitutive for social theory. This lecture course presents an overview of the different paradigms and theoretical perspectives on this ... read more
Notions of social integration and social order are constitutive for social theory. This lecture course presents an overview of the different paradigms and theoretical perspectives on this sociological core problem. From Durkheim’s classical approach to the problem of the social division of labor in modern society to recent theoretical efforts to account for the role of networks and trust in processes of integration the lecture will span theories of integration in both, their chronological order, from classical to modern and postmodern approaches, and in their systematic variation, particularly between normative and non-normative approaches.
With Durkheim and pragmatism, Weber and Parsons, critical theory and symbolic interactionism, functionalism, systems theory and RC approaches the main perspectives on integration will be covered. Decisive steps in the progression of theories of integration will be discussed: the communicative and (multi-) culturalist turn in social theory, the relationship between micro- and macro-, action and system-, agency-focused and structuralist perspectives.
Recommeded as introductory literature:
Joas, Hans/Knöbl, Wolfgang (2009), Social Theory. Twenty Introductory Lectures, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press close