OK, I leave for five weeks in a week. Its mostly vacation, but I am looking forward to spending some time reading some of the dense social theory or social science books that I rely on, but have never finished or even read (ouch, hurts to admit that in print). I’ll probably get drummed out of the bidness (its like our omerta) for saying this, but when you read lots of journal article,s you start to know what are the foundational texts and how they are used. Its like seeing the shape of a plane by its shadow. Foucault, is, I think a classic in this regard. Everyone cites, few have actually read (beyond strategic skimming). And Weber. (Although I did take a grad school seminar where we did nothing but read Economy and Society. That’s a story for another time).
Anyway, for the sake of _actually_ reading some of these from my ever-expanding list of books, I am limiting myself to two. So, this is the fun part, like choosing courses from a stellar menu. Which two?
Possible summer reading list (In Progress):
- Identity and Control by Harrison White
- Sociology of Philosophy by Randall Collins
- Constitution of Society by Anthony Giddens
- Volumes 2 and 3 of The Information Age by Manuel Castells
- The Hacker Ethic By Pekka Hinamen
- something by Bourdieu…
- Brokerage and Closure by Ron Burt
- Something by Charles Tilly, Big structures, large processes, huge comparisons or Identities, Boundaries and Social Ties
- Code v 2.0 by Lawrence Lessig
- The Hacker Ethic by Pekka Himanen (for teaching really).