(Orr, Green, Ackerman, Purser, Kurien)
Theory lies at the heart of the sociological imagination
and an analysis of how social structures and individual lives are
intimately connected. How is history embedded in everyday social relations?
What are the links between our own social locations and the forms of
sociological knowledge we value or produce? Faculty with a special interest in
social theory focus on critical theories of power, colonialism, the body,
hegemony, globalization, immigration, intersectionality, labor, social
movements, and nationalism. Drawing on diverse bodies of scholarship
including Marxist and Gramscian thought, Bourdieu's work on culture and
capital, feminism and critical race theory, and postcolonial thought,
faculty engage both sociological and interdisciplinary trajectories of theory.
Students pursuing this focal area will build theoretical skills that
contribute to their dissertation research, their methodological practice, and
their own teaching.