• Ira Cohen
  • Ira Cohen
  • Associate Professor
  • Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1980
  • Office: Hill Hall, 621, Newark, 732-445-4047 & 732-122-5422
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Associate Professor of Sociology, teaches Sociology in the Graduate Program and teaches his undergraduate courses on the faculty in Sociology at Rutgers in Newark. His Graduate Program courses include classical and contemporary social theory. His research interests include the sociology of everyday life, contemporary and classical social theory, the sociology of modernity, and the history of social thought. His new book Solitary Action is forthcoming from Oxford University Press.

    Professor Cohen’s major interests include the sociology of action in everyday life, contemporary and classical social theory, the sociology of modernity, and the distory of social thought. Professor Cohen’s book, Solitary Action: Acting on Our Own in Everyday Life, is recently published by Oxford University Press. The work marks a new direction in Professor Cohen’s research combining theoretical innovations with examples that illustrate the rich diversity and social complexity of solitary action in everyday life. The book proposes a new way of conceiving solitary action as a substantial previously unexamined realm of social behavior. Innovating a new model of actions performed by individuals on their own, Professor Cohen distinguishes and brings to life four diverse forms of solitary action: peripatetics, regimens, engrossments, and reflexives. An epilogue distinguishes solitary action from long-term solitary withdrawals from interaction with others. A further publication in this project is: “Three Forms of Deep Solitude: Religious Quests, Aesthetic Retreats, and Withdrawals Due to Personal Distress” in Cultures of Solitude: Loneliness – Limitation – Liberation, Ina Bergamann and Stefan Hippler (eds.). Bern: Peter Lang, forthcoming.

    Professor Cohen is well known for his publications on structuration theory. They include: Structuration Theory: Anthony Giddens and the Constitution of Social Life (London: Macmillan/New York: St. Martens). A Spanish translation is also available (Universidad Autonoma Metropolitant); “Struturation Theory” in George Ritzer (ed.), Encyclopedia of Social Theory (London: Sage); “Anthony Giddens” in Rob Stones (ed.), Key Sociological Thinkers (London: Macmillan). (Translated into Farsi). “Structuration Theory and Social Order” in Clark and Modgil (eds.), Anthony Giddens Critical Assessments (Philadelphia: Falmer); “La sécurité ontologique, la face sociale et la question de la motication dans la théorie de la structuration” in Michel Audet and Hamid Bouchiki (eds.), Structuration du social et modernité avanceée; “Structuration Theory and Social Praxis” in Giddens and Turner (eds.), Social Theory Today (Cambridge: Polity). (Translated into Spanish). “The Status of Structuration Theory” Theory, Culture, and Society.

    Professor Cohe Has published widely on a variety of other topics in social theory including: “Theories of Action and Praxis” in Bryan Turner (ed.), A Companion to SocialTheory: Second Edition (Oxford: Basil Blackwell); “Autonomy and Credibility: Voice As Method” (with Mary F. Rogers), Sociological Theory (November 1994); “The Underemphasis on Democracy in Marx and Weber” Antonio and Glassman (eds.), A Weber-Marx Dialogue (Lawrence: University Press of Kansas); “Max Weber on Modern Western Capitalism” introductory essay in the Transaction Press edition of Max Weber, General Economic History, pp. XV-LXXXIII. Additional publications include articles on Wittgenstein and sociological method and the historical sociology of state intervention.

    Professor Cohen served as a member of the Editorial Advisory Board for the Cambridge Dictionary of Sociology. He also served as General Editor of the Modernity and Society series for Blackwell Publishers. He serves as Associate Editor of Theory, Culture, and Society and he served a term as a member of the International Advisory Board of Sociology: The Journal of the British Sociological Association. He was elected to a three-year term as Member of the Council Theory Section, American Sociological Association and he has chaired both the Nominations Committee and the Theory Prize Committee for the section. Professor Cohen has given lectures at the Department of Sociology, Tblisi State University, Republic of Georgia (2002); Department of Sociology, University of Naples Federico II (2008); Department of Sociology, Catholic University of the Sacred Heart Milan (2009); Department of Sociology, University of Genoa (2009); Department of Sociology, University of Milan Biccoca (2009); Department of Sociology, University of Pisa (2009).