99年第1學期-5055 社會學理論（二） 課程資訊
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Sociology is the development of systematic knowledge about social life, the way it is organized, how it changes, its creation in social action, and its disruption and renewal in social conflict. Sociological theory is both a guide to sociological inquiry and an attempt to bring order to its results. Sociological theory is not simply a collection of answers to questions about what society is like. It offers many answers, but it also offers help in posing better questions and developing inquiries that can answer them. Like all of science, thus, it is a process. It is always under development, responding to changes in our social lives and to improvements in our sociological knowledge. This is an advanced and required course for Ph.D graduate students with specific focus on introduction and interrogation to Foucault’s work. But this course will certainly not be attempting to “tell all” in this semester. Rather, Foucault’s work will be stripped of its detailed empirical apparatus in an effort to expose some of its basic underlying structures and principles (捉大放小).
Foucault’s (1926-1984) work has had a tremendous impact in many different disciplines across the humanities and social sciences. And Foucault’s impact on sociology, then, simply cannot be overstated. Some see Foucault’s work as very much an extension of, and complement to, Weber’s analysis of social rationalization. Student’ of social control and deviance, particularly those influenced by labeling theory, cite Discipline and Punish as a revolution in the study of crime and criminality. Foucault’s institutional studies also have had implications for research on organizations.
Foucault, Michel. 1988. Madness and Civilization: A History of Insanity in the Age of Reason. UK: Vintage Books.
Foucault, Michel. 1995. Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prison. UK: Vintage Books.
Foucault, Michel. 1994. The Order of Things: An Archaeology of Human Sciences. UK: Vintage Books.
Foucault, Michel. 1990. The History of Sexuality, Vol. 1: An Introduction. UK: Vintage Books.
Foucault, Michel. 1990. The History of Sexuality,Vol. 2: The Use of Pleasure. UK: Vintage Books.
Foucault, Michel. 1988. The History of Sexuality,Vol. 3: The Care of the Self. UK: Vintage Books.