Handbook of Neurosociology

  • David D. Franks
  • Jonathan H. Turner

Part of the Handbooks of Sociology and Social Research book series (HSSR)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. David D. Franks, Jonathan H. Turner
    Pages 1-5
  3. Large Issues

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 7-7
    2. George Lakoff
      Pages 9-25
    3. Pranjal H. Mehta, Stefan M. Goetz, Justin M. Carré
      Pages 47-65
    4. Greg J. Norman, Louise C. Hawkley, Maike Luhmann, John T. Cacioppo, Gary G. Berntson
      Pages 67-81
    5. David D. Franks
      Pages 99-105
  4. Neurology, Self, Interaction, and Sociality

  5. Evolution of the Brain

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 255-255
    2. Alexandra Maryanski
      Pages 257-287
    3. Jonathan H. Turner, Alexandra Maryanski
      Pages 289-309
  6. The Neurology of Social Issues and Problems

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 331-331
    2. Todd D. Nelson
      Pages 349-358
    3. Anne F. Eisenberg
      Pages 385-401
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 403-406

About this book


Until recently, a handbook on neurosociology would have been viewed with skepticism by sociologists, who have long been protective of their disciplinary domain against perceived encroachment by biology. But a number of developments in the last decade or so have made sociologists more receptive to biological factors in sociology and social psychology. Much of this has been encouraged by the editors of this volume, David Franks and Jonathan Turner. This new interest has been increased by the explosion of research in neuroscience on brain functioning and brain-environment interaction (via new MRI technologies), with implications for social and psychological functioning. This handbook emphasizes the integration of perspectives within sociology as well as between fields in social neuroscience. For example, Franks represents a social constructionist position following from G.H. Mead’s voluntaristic theory of the act while Turner is more social structural and positivistic. Furthermore, this handbook not only contains contributions from sociologists, but leading figures from the psychological perspective of social neuroscience.


Affective Neuroscience Bio-behavioral science Cognitive Neuroscience Social interactions Social psychology

Editors and affiliations

  • David D. Franks
    • 1
  • Jonathan H. Turner
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of SociologyVirginia Commonwealth UniversityRichmondUSA
  2. 2.Department of SociologyUniversity of CaliforniaRiversideUSA

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