Kenneth H. Tucker

Chair of Sociology and Anthropology; Helen P. Bibbero Professor of Sociology
Sociological theory; social movements; mass communications

Kenneth Tucker is the author of Workers of the World Enjoy! Aesthetic Politics, Public Life, and Social Movements, which was published in April 1, 2010 by Temple University Press. His previous book, Classical Social Theory: A Contemporary View (John Wiley & Sons, 2001), explores the contemporary relevance of classical social theory by examining the work of Marx, Weber, Durkheim, and other theorists. Tucker's articles have been published in Current Perspectives in Social Theory; Sociological Theory; Theory, Culture, and Society; and Critical Studies in Mass Communications, among scholarly journals.

A frequent speaker at conferences, Tucker has presented his research around the world in such gatherings as the University of Stockholm's Syndicalism in Comparative Perspective Conference, the American Sociological Association Meetings, and the Theory, Culture, and Society Conference.

Tucker teaches Introduction to Sociology; Collective Behavior and Social Movements; and Issues in Sociology: Modernity and Its Discontents. Students consistently praise him for his challenging and helpful nature as well as his "great sense of humor and style of teaching."

In addition to his research and teaching, Tucker has been a manuscript referee for presses and journals, including Cambridge University Press, Theory, Culture, and Society, Columbia University Press, Sociological Inquiry, and University of Minnesota Press. He has served on panels for programs sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities and co-organized conferences on sociology and mass communications.

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Selected Publications


  • Workers of the World Enjoy!  Aesthetic Politics from Revolutionary Syndicalism to the Global Justice Movement (Temple University Press, 2010)
  • Industrializing Antebellum America: The Rise of Manufacturing Entrepreneurs in the Early Republic (Palgrave MacMillan, 2008) (with Barbara M. Tucker).
  • Classical Social Theory: A Contemporary Approach (Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishers, 2002). Turkish translation rights sold to Babil Yayinlari, Publishers.
  • Anthony Giddens and Modern Social Theory (London: Sage Publications, 1998). Korean translation by Ilshin Publishing Co. (2001).
  • French Revolutionary Syndicalism and the Public Sphere (New York: Cambridge University Press, 1996).


  • "The Political is Personal, Expressive, Aesthetic, and Networked:  Contemporary American Languages of the Self from Trump to Black Lives Matter."  American Journal of Cultural Sociology. ( June 2017).
  • "(S)he Conquers Who Endures":  Theodora DeWolf Colt and the Birth of a New American Elite," American Nineteenth Century History 18 (2017):  63-85 (with Barbara Tucker).
  • "Politics and Aesthetics," Sociology Compass 5 (August 2011): 712-20.
  • "One True Friend, with Six Hearts in his Body," Contexts: Understanding People in Their Social Worlds 4 (Summer 2007): 73-75.
  • "From the Imaginary to Subjectivation: Castoriadis and Touraine on the Performative Public Sphere," Thesis Eleven 83 (November 2005): 42-60.
  • "Public Discourse and Civil Society: Habermas, Bourdieu, and the New Social Movements," Pierre Bourdieu, vol. 2, edited by Derek Robbins (London: Sage Publications 2005), Part Five: 73-97.
  • "The Limits of Homo Economicus: An Appraisal of Early American Entrepreneurship," Journal of the Early Republic 24 (Summer 2004): 208-218 (with Barbara M. Tucker). Reprinted in Whither the Early Republic: A Forum on the Future of the Field, edited by John Larson and Michael Morrison (Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania Press, 2005), pp. 58-68.
  • "Harmony and Transgression: Aesthetic Imagery and the Public Sphere in Habermas and Poststructuralism," Current Perspectives in Social Theory 16 (1996): 101-10.
  • "Aesthetics, Play, and Cultural Memory: Giddens and Habermas on the Postmodern Challenge," Sociological Theory 11 (2), July 1993: 194-211. Reprinted in Chris Bryant and David Jary, eds., Anthony Giddens: Critical Assessments. Vol. 4 (Routledge, 1996).
  • "How New are the New Social Movements?" Theory, Culture, and Society 8 (2), May 1991: 75 98.
  • "Culture, Opposition, and Television: Reformulating the `Cultural Studies' Perspective on the Audience," Critical Studies in Mass Communication 7 (1990): 97 116 (with Ron Lembo).
  • "Ideology and Social Movements: The Contributions of Habermas," Sociological Inquiry 59 (1), February 1989: 30 47.