This book explores the contemporary relevance of Charles H. Cooley’s thought, bringing together scholars from the US, Europe and Australia to reflect on Cooley’s theory and legacy. Offering an up-to-date analysis of Cooley’s reception in the history of the social sciences, an examination of epistemological and methodological advances on his work, critical assessments and novel articulations of his major ideas, and a consideration of new directions in scholarship that draws on Cooley’s thought, Updating Charles H. Cooley will appeal to sociologists with interests in social theory, interactionism, the history of sociology, social psychology, and the sociology of emotions.

chapter |16 pages


ByBaptiste Brossard, Natalia Ruiz-Junco

chapter 1|20 pages

Cooley and the sociological canon

An enigmatic case
ByNatalia Ruiz-Junco, Baptiste Brossard

chapter 2|37 pages

Lost in vicissitudes of greatness and decline

Charles Horton Cooley’s unique contribution to sociology
ByVessela Misheva

chapter 3|9 pages

Cooley in Philip Rieff’s theory of culture

ByJonathan B. Imber

chapter 4|28 pages

Cooley’s social theory of reading and writing

ByDaniel R. Huebner

chapter 5|15 pages

Looking glass selves

The Cooley–Goffman conjecture 1
ByThomas J. Scheff

chapter 6|15 pages

Bringing self-values back in

From reflected appraisal to appraised appraisal
ByShanyang Zhao

chapter 7|19 pages

Cooley and the human consciousness

A contemporary understanding 1
ByKlaus G. Witz

chapter 8|36 pages

The dilemmas of social representation theory

How Cooley’s sociology provides a game plan for their resolution
ByGlenn Jacobs

chapter 9|12 pages


Contemporary perspectives on a sociological classic
ByBaptiste Brossard, Natalia Ruiz-Junco