Cultures of Nature:
An Essay on the Production of Nature
Every effort to reach nature “as it is in itself,” nature purely as such, always ends in yet another cultural-historical production of nature, as fully palpable as a stone struck by your foot. Contests for the authority to say what nature really is, and what that means, are profound, often intense, sometimes earth-shaking.
Claims of Knowledge
The “culture wars” have been with us since the ancient Greeks. (Remember Socrates, Plato, and the Sophists?) Claims of Knowledge
analyzes the conditions under which, and the processes by which, contests for the authority of truthful knowledge are conducted.
A Wilderness of Mirrors
Analyzes rhetorical structures of arguments, and the capacity of a theorist’s argument to account for the conditions of its own authority in terms that are consistent with its account of what it proclaims to be about; studies specific cases from Kant to Derrida, from Archimedean pivots to Klein bottles.
Pension Puzzles: Social Security and the Great Debate
Written with Melissa Hardy, this book addresses technical problems of Social Security, and alternative forms of post-employment income security, within the broader context of debates about (1) moral obligations that members of a society have to one another simply by virtue of that common membership and (2) the qualities and capabilities that members of a society should rightfully expect of each other.
A Selection of Papers
These four papers, previously available on Glide (now defunct, apparently), were published during the 1990s. Perhaps they will be reposted.
Class, Conflict, and Mobility
A set of theoretical and empirical studies of social class, stratification, and mobility, this book, co-authored with Joseph Lopreato and published in 1972, is available as an e-text at Questia (see Quick Links). It was reprinted in 2005 by Rawat Publishing Company of Jaipur and New Delhi, India.
Ending a Career in the Auto Industry
Co-authored with Melissa Hardy and Jill Quadagno, this research monograph, published in 1996 in the Plenum Studies in Work and Industry series, reflects some interests in labor economics, sociology, and public policy.
Prison within Society
Although published in 1968, it is still a benchmark collection of essays, according to Loic Wacquant, sociologist and pugilist, in his paper, "The Curious Eclipse of Prison Ethnography in the Age of Mass Incarceration," published 2002 in Ethnography (vol. 3, pp. 371-397).