This is a list of sociological thinkers that was created in jest by Mike Goodman (with some input from Tom Conroy and me). Mike has a way of summarizing articles, books and even entire theories into extremely succinct soundbites. So, whether you need to know this stuff for qualifying exams or if you want to sound intelligent at a party, this list should set you straight.
|Karl Marx||Life's not fair, let's all share!|
|Emile Durkheim||You get the ankles, I'll get the wrists.|
|Max Weber||All work and no play...|
|Georg Simmel||I feel like I am ze Country Mouse in ze Zitty, Ja?|
|Jurgen Habermas||Why can't we all just get along?|
|Talcott Parsons||I have a diagram that explains EVERYTHING!|
|Pierre Bourdieu||Kids, stay in school.|
|Michel Foucault||Er... donnez-moi le gagball.|
|Erving Goffman||Where's that #$@%!! waiter?|
|Jean Baudrillard||Real=fake; life=Disneyland|
|Robert Merton||Sometimes things happen for bad reasons and sometimes we can't see the reasons right away.|
|Herbert Blumer||It's all in your mind.|
|Louis Althusser||It's not in your mind.|
|C. Levi-Strauss||Myths are cool.|
|Amitai Etzioni||C'mon people now, smile on your brother, everybody get together, we've got to love one another right now.|
|Clifford Geertz||Ooh, look, a cock fight! How Shakespearean!|
|Randall Collins||(sung) Let me entertain you...|
|Rational Choice Theory||Choose, or lose.|
|British Cultural Studies||It's not so bad to spend time in front of the telly.|
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