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Newsletter: Perspectives Online

The ASA Theory Section newsletter, Perspectives, provides items of interest to the section in professional and scholarly respects. The continuously high quality of Perspectives has made it one of the ASA's very best newsletters. Here we offer online editions of the newsletter, going back more than two decades, each in PDF format for viewing or printing.

If you have old copies of the newsletter not available on our website, please pass copies on to the Website Editor, who will be happy to scan them into PDF format. 

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Lewis Coser "There is at least some evidence that we tend to produce young sociologists with superior research skills but with a trained incapacity to think in theoretically innovative ways."

-Lewis Coser

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Gorski

Nov 2013 35(2) - Wagner-Pacific on forms, Ford on collective memory, and a dialogue between award winners.

May 2013 35(1) - Julian Go on postcoloial theory, interview with Robert Bellah, and review of a Mead conference.

Dec 2012 34(2) - Espleland on Theorizing, Martin/Frye Dialogue, Jr. Theorists Symposium

May 2012 34(1) - Replies to Gorski, Questions about Race and Reflexivity, and essays by Bakker and Smikun

Nov 2011 33(2) - essays by Gorski and Alexander, a retrospective by Hogan, reviews of a new theory publication, and two theory conferences

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Swedberg

May 2011 33(1) - Conferences, reviews, and events

Nov 2010 32(2) - Swedberg on Theorizing, Ford on Order, Sonnett reviews Turner

May 2010 32(1) - Zuckerman on Social Network Analysis, Roumbanis on Kierkegaard, and Bertilsson on Pierce

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jeffreyalexander

Nov 2009 31(2) - Swedberg on Theorizing, Widick on Imaginaries, Strand on Martin, and a preview of the 2010 meetings

May 2009 31(1) - Bergesen on Terrorism, McDonnell on Bureacracy, Bentel & Yoshida on Individualism, and details of Section activities at the 2009 ASA meetings

Fall 2008 30(3) - Abrutyn on instutions, Mahler on social action, and Coller on Bourdieu and Simon.

Spring 2008 30(2) - Longest on identity, Reed on language, Ignatow on body, and details of Section activities at the 2008 ASA meetings

October 2007 29(3) - Griffin, Kivisto, Hall, and Alexander comment on Jeffrey Alexander's The Civil Sphere; Chair's Corner on Theoretical Pragmatics and Cubist Art

July 2007 29(2)- Bryson on Writing; Rojas on Black Studies; Pagis on Silence; Theory listings in the ASA program; Chair's Corner; Message from the Editors; New Book Spotlight. 

December 2006 29(1) - Dennis, Browser, and Monteiro on Du Bois; Chair's Corner; Message from the New Editors; Section awards; Website Editor Sought. 


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Chomsky

Durkheim

August 2006 28(4) - Stryker on theory growth; Theory at the ASA meeting; Elias on DuBois; Go on the disobedient generation. 

February 2006 28(3) - Replies to Sanderson by Adams, Perrin, Kidd, and Wilkes. Sanderson responds to his critics. Saioud and Blute on empirical trends in theory. NOTE: A lengthier version of the debate on Theoretical Work, Pluralism, and Sociological Theory is available as a pdf file.

August 2005 28(2) - Reforming Theoretical Work; Deciphering Goffman; Chomsky v. Mead.

March 2005 28(1) - Theory Surrounds Us; Europeans on US Theory; Mead v. Chomsky; Junior Theorists Symposium, with participants and abstracts of papers. 

October 2004 27(4) - Unified Sociological Theory; Theory and Cognitive Science; The ASA and the Professional Group; Theory and International Relations; Section Awards.

July 2004 27(3) - Theoretical Growth; Feminisms; Grand Theory. 

April 2004 27(2) - Theoretical Cultures; Grand Theory; Teaching Classical Theory; A French-Born Sociologist; Theory and Law and Society. 

January 2004 27(1) - The Theory Section and Satelites; Cultural Studies; Theory and Ethnography; Hero Worship; Reflection on Lewis Coser.

October 2003 26(4) - Message from the Chair; The End of an Era: Becoming a Theorist. 

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Max

George H.

July 2003 26(3) - Critical Discourse; Post-Structuralism; Theory Development.

April 2003 26(2) - Unbounded Rationality; Postmodernism. 

January 2003 26(1) - Empire of the Senses; Honor in Sociology; Postmodernism. 

October 2002 25(4) - Value of Theory; Causal and Descriptive Theory; Weber. 

July 2002 25(3) - Ideal Types; Scientific Sociology. 

April 2002 25(2) - Space; Scientific Sociology; Marx on Globalization. 

January 2002 25(1) - Scientific Sociology; Theory of Global Society. 

October 2001 24(4) - Theory & Empirical Research & Philosophy; Theory Training. 

July 2001 23(3) - Theory and the 1848 Revolutions; Theory and the Internet. 

April 2001 23(2) - Human Nature; The Masters; Theory Training. 

January 2001 23(1) - Protestant Ethic; Emotions; Sociological Imagination. 

October 2000 22(4) - Neighboring Disciplines; Critical Realism; Economics. 

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Dubois

 

Lester

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July 2000 22(3) - Theoretical Integration; Theory & Psychology.

April 2000 22(2) - Theory Textbooks; Evaluating Theory. 

January 2000 22(1) - Textbooks; Dubois Ascendant. 

October 1999 21(4) - Theory Growth in Sociology; Top Ten Debate. 

July 1999 21(3) - Activist Editing; Theorists' View of Theory. 

April 1999 21(2) - Teaching Theory; Aphorisms. 

January 1999 21(1) - Reading Theory; Theory Sans Frontieres.

October 1998 20(4) - Teaching to Non-Theorists; Graduate Theory Training. 

July 1998 20(3) - Creating Theory; Essential Theory Texts.

April 1998 20(2) - Theory in the Curriculum; Theory as a Vocation.

Winter 1998 19(3) - The Media and Social Theory.

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Ernest

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Summer 1997 19(2) - Social Theory as a Vocation.

Summer 1996 18(3) - The Missing Feminist Revolution.

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May 1994 17(3) - ASA Meeting in Los Angeles. 

April 1994 17(2) - Practicing Theory; News. 

February 1994 17(1) - Theory in Australia; Theory Section News.

October 1993 16(4) - The Editors Talk; Theory Section News. 

June 1993 16(3) - Creative Disorder. 

March 1993 16(2) - Talmudic Exegesis.

January 1993 16(1) - A Case of Multiple Personality Disorder.


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April 1992 15(2) - Berger, Luckhman, McCarthy, Rogers, Eberle, Soeffner, Lemert, and Meyer on Social Construction of Reality.
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Charles Powers

Georg

Immanuel

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July 1989 12(3) - Fundamental Theorizing; A Little Journal; Conference or Caucus. 

April 1989 12(2) - Chaos; British Theory; Canadian Sociology; Simmel Studies. 

January 1989 12(1) - Sociobiology; British Theory; Work in Progress. 

October 1988 11(3) - Chair's Message; Feminism; Meetings. 

June 1988 11(2) - Looking Forward; Conferences.

March 1988 11(1) - Sociological Theorizing; Theory in Switzerland; Simmel Studies.

December 1987 10(4) - Seven Theses; Structuralist Theories; Work in Progress.

September 1987 10(3) - Chair's Message; Practical Relevance of Theory.

June 1987 10(2) - Metatheory; Teaching Theory; Sociology in Poland. 

March 1987 10(1) - Leading Edges; World-Systems Analysis; Current Perspectives. 

Fall 1986 9(2) - Chair's Message; The State of Theory; Mini-Conference; German Theory

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