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Freud and American Sociology. Edition No. 1

  • ID: 2250389
  • Book
  • June 2005
  • Region: United States
  • 204 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Although Freud’s impact on social science – and indeed 20th century social thought – has been extraordinary, his impact on American sociology has been left relatively unexplored. This ground-breaking book aims to fill this knowledge gap. By examining the work of pioneers such as G.H.Mead, Cooley, Parsons and Goffman, as well as a range of key contemporary thinkers, it provides an accurate history of the role Freud and psychoanalysis played in the development of American social theory. Despite the often reluctant, and frequently resistant, nature of this encounter, the book also draws attention to the abiding potential of fusing psychoanalytic and sociological thinking.

Freud and American Sociology represents an original and compelling contribution to scholarly debate. At the same time, the clarity with which Manning develops his comprehensive account means that the book is also highly suitable for adoption on a range of upper-level undergraduate and graduate courses, including sociology, social theory, social psychology, and related disciiplines.

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1. An Uncertain Place: Freud in American Sociology.


The Intellectual Background.

The Freudian Mirror.

Freud's 1909 Visit to the United States.

Freud among American Sociologists.

Freud's Initial Reception in the American Journal of Sociology and the American Sociological review.


2. From Sumnerology to Cooley's Social Self.

Proto-Symbolic Interactionism.


From Sumnerology to the Second Sumner.

Sumner's Background.

The First Sumner.

The Second Sumner.

The Manifest and Latent Second Sumner.

Anti-Sumnerology and the Institutionalization of American Sociology.

Three Strands of Cooley's Sociology.

Colley's Cultural Theory.

Colley As Proto-Symbolic Interactionist.

Cooley's Methodology.

Proto-Symbolic Interactionism and Freud..

3. Symbolic Interactionism and Psychoanalysis: Blumer's and Goffman's Extension of Mead.


Mead's Social Behaviorism and Assessment of Psychoanalysis.

Blumer's Opposition to Freud and Parsons.

Goffman’s Understanding of Mental Illness.

The Implications for Goffman's Sociology.

The Interaction Order: Taxonomic Zoology.

Tensions in Goffman's Account of the Self..

4. Parson's Freud: The Convergence with Symbolic Ineractionism.



Parson's Action Theory.

The Survival Test: AGIL.

Integrating Freud into Sociological Theory.

The Empirical Demonstration: the American University..

5. Philip Rieff and the Moral Ambiguity of Freud.


Rieff's Textual Laboratory.

Rieff's Sociology of Culture: A Culture Lost.

Rieff's Sociology of Culture: A Culture Gained.

Rieff's Sociology of Culture: A Culture Imagined..

6. Sociologists as Analysts and Auto-Ethnographers: Hochschild, Chodorow, Prager, and After.


The Current Context.

Hochschild, Chodorow, and Prager.

The Analysis of Transference and MsA.

Rethinking Transference.

From Ethnographies of Concepts to Reflexive Ethnography.

Concluding Thoughts.



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Philip Manning Cleveland State University.
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