Racial Competition and Class Solidarity
by Terry Boswell, Cliff Brown, John Brueggemann, T. Ralph Peters, Jr.
State University of New York Press, 2007
excerpt from book cover: It sometimes seems that racial conflict is an intractable impediment to class solidarity in the United States. Yet in a time of economic depression and overt racism, the unions of the CIO did, on a number of occasions, forge interracial solidarity among industrial workers of the 1930s and 1940s. This book explores the role of racism and racial solidarity in union organizing efforts or strikes during the period between the Civil War and the Civil Rights Movement, covering both those conditions and actions that enabled unions to realize interracial solidarity and those more common circumstances in which union organizing was defeated by racial competition.
Introduction to Sociological Theory: Theorists, Concepts, and their Applicability to the Twenty-First Century
by Michele Dillon
excerpt from book cover: Combining carefully chosen primary quotes with extensive discussion and everyday illustrative examples, this book provides an in-depth introduction to classical and contemporary theory. It uses a wide range of newspaper examples to illustrate the relevance to sociological theory; contains excerpts from theorists’ primary texts; includes chapter-specific glossaries of all theoretical concepts discussed in the book; includes short biographies and historical timelines of significant events that provide context to various theorists’ ideas; and incorporates a range of pedagogical features. The supporting website includes multiple choice and essay questions, PowerPoint slides, a quotation bank, and other background materials.
In the Course of a Lifetime: Tracing Religious Belief, Practice, and Change
by Michele Dillon and Paul Wink
University of California Press, 2007
excerpt from book cover: In the Course of a Lifetime provides an unprecedented portrait of the dynamic role religion plays in the everyday experiences of Americans over the course of their lives. The book draws from a unique sixty-year-long study of close to two hundred mostly Protestant and Catholic men and women who were born in the 1920s and interviewed in adolescence, and again in the 1950s, 1970s, 1980s, and late 1990s. Woven throughout with rich, intimate life stories, the book presents and analyzes a wide range of data from this study on the participants' religious and spiritual journeys. A testament to the vibrancy of religion in the United States, In the Course of a Lifetime provides an illuminating and sometimes surprising perspective on how individual lives have intersected with cultural change throughout the decades of the twentieth century.
Handbook of the Sociology of Religion
by Michele Dillon
Cambridge University Press, 2003
excerpt from book cover: Religion is a critical construct for understanding contemporary social life. It illuminates the everyday experiences and practices of many individuals, is a significant component of diverse institutional processes including politics, gender relations, and socioeconomic inequality, and plays a vital role in public culture and social change. This handbook showcases current research and thinking in the sociology of religion. The contributors, all active writers and researchers in the area, provide original chapters focusing on select aspects of their own engagement with the field. Aimed at students and scholars who want to know more about the sociology of religion, this handbook also provides a resource for sociologists in general by integrating broader questions of sociology (e.g. demography, ethnicity, life course, inequality, political sociology) into the analysis of religion. Broadly inclusive of traditional research topics (modernity, secularization, politics) as well as newer interests (feminism, spirituality, faith-based community action), this handbook illustrates the validity of diverse theoretical perspectives and research designs to understanding the multilayered nature of religion as a sociological phenomenon.
Catholic Identity: Balancing Reason, Faith, and Power
by Michele Dillon
Cambridge University Press, 1999