Paul McLean
Department of Sociology
Rutgers University
Lucy Stone Hall, A336
Phone: 732-445-3705
Email: pmclean@rci.rutgers.edu

Welcome to my somewhat primitive website.  Here you can find a copy of my vita, plus a lot of information pertaining to my teaching at Rutgers and, towards the bottom, my various research interests.  Please let me know if you have any difficulty finding the information you need!

Current courses (Fall 2007):

1) Soc 313:01-02 – Development of Sociological Theory

Electronic reserve reading materials:

--Thomas Hobbes reading, 09/10
--Adam Smith, Wealth of Nations reading, 09/12
--Adam Smith, Theory of Moral Sentiments reading, 09/17
--Thomas Schelling reading, 09/17
--Emile Durkheim, The Division of Labor in Society
                     -- first chunk, 10/15      --second chunk, 10/17
--Georg Simmel, “The Triad” reading, 10/31
--Georg Simmel, “Fashion,” 11/5
--Ronald Breiger, “The Duality of Persons and Groups,” 11/5
--Eviatar Zerubavel, “Generally Speaking,” 11/5
--Max Weber, “Politics as a Vocation,” 11/26
--Charles Cooley reading, 11/28
--R. W. Connell reading, 10/12

 

2) Soc 290:01 – Political Sociology

Electronic reserve reading materials:

--John Gaventa reading, 09/10
--Thomas Hobbes reading, 09/13
--Michel Foucault reading, 09/17
--Richard Emerson reading, 09/20
--Georg Simmel reading, 09/20
--Karl Marx 18th Brumaire reading, 09/24
--Antonio Gramsci reading, 09/24
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--Max Weber, Economy and Society
            --chunk 1 (domination), 09/27   --chunk 2 (ideal types), 10/1
--Robert Putnam reading, 11/5
--Jason Kaufman reading, 11/5
--Nina Eliasoph reading, 11/8
--Howard Woolston reading, 11/12
--Dinko Tomasic reading, 11/12
--Jeffrey Goldfarb reading, 11/12
--Adam Przeworski reading, 11/26
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--Rogers Brubaker readings, 11/29
            --chunk 1 (citizenship)              --chunk 2 (nationalism)
--Roger Petersen reading, 12/3
            --chunk 1                                 --chunk 2
--Charles Tilly reading, 12/6
--Donald Black reading, 12/6


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Various Past Syllabi: 

Graduate courses:

        Soc 633 – Social Network Analysis

Soc 641:04 - Political Sociology

Soc 515 - Classical Sociological Theory

Soc 512 - Economic Sociology

Soc 573 - Comparative Social Structures

Undergraduate courses:

Soc 422:03 - Sociology of Culture (senior seminar)

Soc 375 - Economic Sociology

Soc 290 - Political Sociology

Soc 198 – Honor and Discipline (Honors Program seminar)

Soc 101 - Introduction to Sociology

Lecture outlines:
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Some of my ongoing research projects:

A.  Renaissance Florence

---Networks and Self-Presentation
                  ---talk

---Business Transactions and Market Structure

---Chance in Renaissance Florence:

I'm working on an essay exploring the manifold encounters Florentines had with the notion of chance in various spheres of life.
A hypertext draft of that work in progress is available here.

B.  18th Century Poland

---Clientelism, Political Culture, Elite Structure, and Reform

C.  Adam Smith