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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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