On Folkways and Mores

On Folkways and Mores

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William Graham Sumner is remembered primarily as an opponent of government intervention in social and economic issues. Focusing on Folkways (1906), this book examines Sumnera€™s fundamental work as a comparative ethnographer with an appreciation for the rules and rituals that regulate everyday behavior. In Folkways, Sumner developed classifications and an array of sociological concepts that continue to influence the discipline today. This new book presents key excerpts from Folkways as well as three of Sumnera€™s other classic essays. It also includes five original essays by contemporary authorities that explain and explore Sumnera€™s importance and influence. By linking Sumnera€™s work to contemporary research about social control, the sociology of law, and sociological theory, these new essays confirm his status as a foundational thinker in the field. Sumner offers an elegant conceptual schema with which to analyze the moral codes of in- and out-groups. His extensive use of comparative anthropological data demonstrates a qualitative methodology that can easily be applied to the analysis of contemporary American society. This volume includes contributions by Jonathan B. Imber, Howard G. Schneiderman, and A. Javier TreviApo.After Folkways was published, a€œstereotypea€ became part of the social science andphilosophical literature, and was used ... with coining it, by textbooks, Wikipedia, TheOxford English Dictionary, and the International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences, among other sources. ... Robert Cooley Angell, Free Societyand Moral Crisis, Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press ... [but] since hisdeath in 1910 his influence has steadilydiminished as his somewhat bleak andaustere individualistanbsp;...


Title:On Folkways and Mores
Author: Philip D. Manning
Publisher:Transaction Publishers - 2014-12-03
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